NairoBits Trust is a youth based organization that uses ICT multimedia creatively to improve the lives of less privileged children and youth from the non-formal settlement. This target population accounts for 60% of the total estimated population of 7 million in Kenya who are underprivileged in terms of the basic human needs including access to education, with 50% to 70% of them living below the poverty line.
The Trust envisages a situation where 70% of the urban informal settlement youths can access Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills that would improve their chances of getting employment as well as increase their ability to enter the business market. NairoBits equips the youth with knowledge in Web Design, IT skills, Creative Multimedia, and Entrepreneurship to improve their opportunities in employment and/or entrepreneurship. The Trust develops the youth’s character by inculcating critical elements of personal confidence, self-esteem, and general life skills. NairoBits’ trained youth have been able to secure employment in both formal and informal sectors and the success rate of employment is at 90%. The NairoBits programme has had positive impact on the target group and this has generated confidence among the stakeholders in the ICT sector. The programme has particularly attracted attention from many partners who wish to scale up the programme to reach more vulnerable youths and/or replicate the programme to other areas in the region.
NairoBits received funding from the European Union (EU) and Kindernothilfe (KNH) of Germany to strengthen the program with the purposes of reducing poverty among vulnerable youths through an empowered vocational training in Nairobi’s inform-settlements. The project aims to reach more youths from these settlements and also to benefit families and communities where the youth come from. Course I training takes two months and a total of 150 youths are trained in each course. FHOK training centre offers Course II and III where students are introduced to web design and in total a 60 students are trained for six months. Course IV, the Media Lab takes place at the NairoBits GoDown offices and a total of 50 students per course are trained for a period of six months.