Big steps today in securing support for New Vision Foundation's pilot initiative in Kenya: our Hussein Farah was included in a forum held today by the Minnesota Trade Office, featuring Kenya's ambassador to the US, Robinson Njeru Githae, at the new offices of Books for Africa on Exchange Street in St. Paul.
Takeaway: total confirmation of the intense commercial, nonprofit and government interest in more IT education in emerging global markets like East Africa, where digital access and skllls can mean the difference between engagement/opportunity and isolation/radicalization in the life paths of millions of young people.
Today we were honored to host Robinson Njeru Githae, Kenyan ambassador to the United States, for a luncheon in St Paul. We are grateful to him and his staff for all the encouragement and enthusiasm they've shown in support of our work. Many thanks to our partners Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. and Books For Africa for making this event possible.
We are delighted to share with you the outcome of our first official fundraiser. We set out to raise $6,000 for this event to sponsor one full class of 20 students in Kenya. And we can now proudly say that we met our target! Our heartfelt appreciation goes to all those who sacrificed this beautiful spring afternoon to attend the fundraiser. And our special thanks goes to our dear friends at Savour Tea Lounge for hosting the event.
One of Africa's brightest entrepreneurial lights will be illuminating the path for New Vision Foundation in Kenya! Jamila Abass, CEO of M-Farm and a director of 4-H Kenya, has agreed to be our country director in Kenya, where we will soon be commencing our first digital literacy program rollouts.
Jamila's business innovation and amazing life journey have inspired young people throughout Africa and earned her recognition from US President Barack Obama,The Aspen Institute, Ashoka, Unreasonable Institute, PopTech, Quartz and other movers in international development. We are thrilled that her star power and business acumen will be focused on advancing New Vision Foundation's vision of converting the IT waste stream into a river of digital literacy in the developing world!
Today Hussein Farah of New Vision Foundation met with Tony H Sanneh and Tod Herskovitz of The Sanneh Foundation and found much in common in discussing the need to inspire hope in marginalized youth. The organizations will continue talking with the goal of connecting young people in programming at TSF with epals in Kenya.
Thanks to the Global Shapers Minneapolis Hub for allowing us to present New Vision Foundation this evening and learn more about what this group of young leaders is doing locally!
New Vision Foundation was founded to target major investments in youth in the developing world, creating opportunities that divert vulnerable minds from disconnection and radicalization. Our effort is targeting disadvantaged youth 13-18 years old. A pilot program is underway to create 10 training centers in 10 extremely low-income communities in Kenya. Please donate!
Today New Vision Foundation filed its papers of incorporation with the Minnesota Secretary of State's office. Thanks so much to Evan Berquist and Fredrikson & Byron law firm for sheperding this process over the past several months!