When we started 18 years ago, our first class had 20 graduates.
By the end of 2017, a total of 250 students will have gone through the training program and acquired basic skills in ICT. We’ve managed to educate 6,000 young people so far, with a 72% employment rate. Our alumni are in diverse sectors ranging from corporate to creative, leading the way in the formal and self employment space.
Nairobits successful impact at the community has seen the demand for our services increase.
We have grown from recruiting only 20 youth to an average of 500 youth in a year and operating 7 centers within 6 informal settlements in Nairobi namely; Kibera, Mathare, Korogocho, Mukuru kwa Rueben and Eastleigh.
Microsoft Innovation Awards – 2016
NairoBits was announced the winner under Gender, Youth and Vulnerable categories during the Innovation Awards supported by Microsoft Kenya and ICT Authority in 2016.
Stars Foundation Impact Award – 2012
In 2012, Stars Foundation recognized Nairobits achievement and success by awarding the organization unrestricted funding under the Stars Foundation Impact Awards that happen every year.
MDG Award for Youth Empowerment in 2010
NairoBits won the MDG award for youth empowerment for her activities towards contributing to youth empowerment.
2009: TEDx Talk
Mark Kamau spoke at the prestigious Tedx in the Netherlands about his experience at Nairobits and what aspirations he has about his future and giving back to the community that supported him.
1st prize Nairobits Media-Lab student (Idi Juma), Nairobi
World Youth Summit Award in 2005
Nairobits was the winner of the world youth summit award.The World Summit Youth Award (WSYA) is an international e-Contents competition that addresses in an inspiring manner the UN Millennium Development Goals, the use of Internet and mobile contents to create awareness of the MDGs, show actions towards reaching those goals and demonstrate the consequences of interaction or counter-action.
Main website http://www.youthaward.org Nairobits page; http://www.youthaward.org/winners/nairobits-digital-design-school
2004: Safer Cities programme from UN-HABITAT
Wilson Masaka, Nairobits trainer won the Best Poster Award for the Safer Cities programme from UN-HABITAT . Following the international poster contest for young people held in August – September 2004. Wilson’s poster was chosen as the overall winner amongst 30 submissions from various countries.
2002: APC Hafkin award
For women’s organizations to leading to ICT access and use, South Africa.
2001: Stockholm challenge finalist, Stockholm
2000: World Bank innovative ICT solutions for developing countries, 1st prize, Cairo
NairoBits builds a bridge that fills socio-economic gap caused by poverty. We give the youth a stepping ground to start achieving their dreams. So far more than 10,000 youth have had the chance to improve their lives and that of the society. NairoBits gives the youth an opportunity to socialize and spend their time proactively at the same time developing their character and talent.
NairoBits engages the alumni in different ways to improve its programmes;
- Guest lecturers – Alumni are invited as lecturers to train the students on different topics in the curriculum.
- Motivational speakers – having gone through the program, the alumni are invited to motivate the students through motivational talk and sharing their stories and how they changed their lives by going through NairoBits.
- Alumni forums – Each year, NairoBits hold two alumni forums. In this forums, the alumni interact with ongoing students and get to youth they can mentor throughout the training period.
- Alumni also give insight on the market trends thus being part of the curriculum development team.
Specific aspects for which NairoBits was given commendation by partners include hands-on programme delivery, credibility, acceptance, trust and reliability in place based on track record, current programme performance and leadership.
It was an awesome experience, I developed a career path which I had no idea. I learned new skills through various training modules such as IT Skills, Entrepreneurial trainings and many more. God Bless Nairobits.
Nairobits Trust was extremely beneficial to me, I actually learned a lot. To me it was like a dream come true; I am greatful for the opportunity that I got, Kudoz(Respect) to the big team that is working hard to help the youths in society.
At Nairobits, I was equipped with web designs/development skills. I natured my character form the silent girl,to a girl with a voice to express my thoughts and feelings.
When I joined, I had no idea about what IT, Nairobits trust has opened my mind through many ways, it has broadened my thinking in I.T and I can now call myself a Creative Designer.