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Valeria and Nicole of Slumcode share a nice moment after the training sessions Day II of the Prefest Experience in Huruma. http://www.facebook.com/slumfest for more details



Young people must STAND UP na d be counted if they want to make a difference. Slums are homes to opportunities if all Kenyan Youth Serving Organizations realize that INNOVATION  and CREATIVITY are the fastest tools one can use to capitalize on the massive pool of resources that the World has to offer.

Below finds links of instances where our Youth initiated program has been featured. When The Slumcode Group built this concept 6 years ago – we knew it will take hard work, patience, creativity, networking and partnerships to hit our goal and today – we are at the verge of a BIG BREAKTHROUGH.

1. Tandaa Kenya of the Kenya ICT Board: https://sites.google.com/a/ict.go.ke/tandaa/events/upcoming-events/thegrantslumfestsix

2. Kenya Buzz – http://www.kenyabuzz.com/whats-on/slumfest-2012

3. Kuza Biashara – http://blog.kuzabiashara.co.ke/infinite-possibilities-leveraging-the-ict/1396/

4. Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e45sdYBrRlY

5. Opinion Kenya – http://opinionkenya.com/public/index.php?mntr=pal&o=209&b=656

6. Wasanii.com – http://www.wasanii.com/index.php/login/10-articles/86-slum-fest-the-5th-edition

7. Google Pages – http://www.slumfestkenya.kbo.co.ke/ICT+Events+2012

8. The Conference Hound – http://conferencehound.com/conference/grand-slumfest-six-2012/107328

We look forward to partnership with all relevant entities to make our community connect to the World.

If we can make things happens, then we shall talk less.


When leaders sat down in 2002 to craft amongst many other documents the Youth Employment Network – Alexandria Declaration of 6Es more solutions were to follow and resolutions of the General Assembly years later brought forth the Opportunity Fund for youth development now in its third tranche.

The whole idea of youth empowerment and employment must revolve around necessity and reality. Funding and Financing of youth led initiatives has come of age. Initiatives by young people are no longer for social impact alone but economic empowerment and sustainability. (more…)


With the global economic meltdown – survival can only be for the fittest – where fittest is relative. Who empowers and who’s to be empowered?

I have witnessed over the years communities as vulnerable as they are succumb to ideologies without basis and accept to enroll in projects without impact. Non Governmental Organizations or as one Local Administrator satirically made intonations: Nothing Goes On – NGO have cast aspersions or alluded to the fact that communities must be segmented into viable areas of need and recently funding has been channeled to specific areas for specific remedial measures. This modus operandi is by far welcome but only in theory and principle.

The monitoring and evaluation appraisals carried out by these organizations are purely based on targets and rightfully so a strict means of verification comes in handy. The big question however is do things change or an impression of a graduated situation is created to justify existence and by extension funding?

Take for example the menace that is HIV/AIDS and Global Fund pulling funds out of this kitty and into a more acute problem – possibly cancer or malaria, does HIV go away? Or the reported numbers create an impression that all is well. The Millennium Development Goals just 3 years away have many targets yet to be realized by many governments. My point in this is so many solution oriented organizations have found their way into unsuspecting communities to bring piecemeal services that appear to solve their problems albeit superficially. These organizations have templates for Entrepreneurship, ICT, Conflict Resolution and even Food security but scale and scope is compromised based on impact to community. Intended recipients are over sensitized on many of the above without intention to support infrastructure, competency and professionalism. An area littered by the numerous, “Sponsored Courses”  banners, many which deliver substandard lessons to the chagrin of commercial institutions.

Over time, most of the projects or programs brought in by these agencies are being carried out by the youth themselves and a need to raise stakes in service provision is ripe. The battle of brands, corporate collaboration and donor funding are all big issues between youth and these middle agencies. Organizations seeking to empower youth in slums must rethink their strategies and define newer techniques to curb the situation. The corporate practice too must be transformed and more focused and personalized partnerships developed with various stakeholders – many organizations have split well organized groupings just to realize their own agendas. Dedicated partnerships to implement various categories of projects are a welcome rule of the game. These are the methods that increase the capacity of youth to learn corporate strategies, project management, business relations, governance and financial systems.

Slums are therefore not dumpsites for unapproved interventions. Government must vet and institutionalize operations and terms of community reach out by the many change agents. If the clear intention is to make  a better life for many then take them to the next level and many will fill the space. A friend once said a great NGO is one that sets camp, achieves mission and winds up – not in practice.



Celebrating International Youth Day and Slumcode 6th Anniversary 2012 at The Slumcode Centre rooftop was an amazing experience for the Huruma Community.

One would be shocked that when I asked a group of over 50 kids from ages 4 – 16 what the word “Nation” meant; it was easier to connect my answer to a local Kenyan newspaper in circulation and a secular music group called, The Swahili Nation than to some sovereign state. My effort to explain the word “International” almost hit a dead end as none could relate (nation) to (country). My deduction – enhancing a reading culture must be at the core of developing this community. (more…)


To empower Kenyan youth and enhance a reading culture; a call to action best sends the message. Caroline Mutoko a renowned Media Professional with Radio Africa’s KISS100; an FM Station with huge following in Kenya through her Big Breakfast Show which is Authoritative and Precise on issues, couldn’t say it better, “I am big on education, I am big on reading. I love what Slumcode is doing.” Together with a fellow avid reader; Mr. John Ngumi CFC Stanbic Director Investment Banking Africa, joined efforts in the donation of over 100 Inspirational, best reader novels and poetry books by Kwani.

Arvn Emmanuel admires “The Facebook Effect”

The approval of a role model of such standing signifies authenticity of our initiative. African’s are not originally keen readers hence the adage, to hide anything from them, put it in a book. Not any more as we can boast some of the best Professors in Medicine, Research, Tech and Law fields.

Spending time with Emmanuel Karuku (11), Faith Atieno (14) and Dabraham Mbugua (10) (more…)