🇰🇪 Techfugees KENYA 🇰🇪
In 2020 Kenya hosted about 500 000 registered refugees on its territory. 84% of them lived in camps (Daadab, Kakuma).
Techfugees’ local chapter in Kenya, started in early 2017. After a successful hackathon in partnership with the Kenya Red Cross around health in Kakuma camp, Mary and Philomena, our new co-leads picked up the torch in June 2020. The team of volunteer is now focussing on facilitating access to health and education in camps and urban settlements through the deployment of digital products and services.
We support refugees & organisations looking to access the resources they need from the tech & entrepreneurial communities. Since 2019 we collaborated with the Kenya Red Cross society and a volunteer group of developers, Faceless Hackers, to bring a digital product facilitating sanitary alerts in refugee settlements from ideation to the pilot in Kakuma: E-heatlh watch. This project, now led by the KRCS Innovation department is scaling in urban settlements in Kenya.
We source innovative responsible digital services internationally and help with their local deployment to answer challenges faced by displaced persons in Kenya. In this regard we launched the #KnowledgeisFreedom campaign to support access to education in refugee camps and urban settlements. By partnering with offline solutions like Buffalo Grid and Endless OS, we facilitate connections with local stakeholders (schools, NGOs…) to adapt solutions to the local needs (needs assessment, device distributions, user testing, live demo, translation…).
We share our insights with a wider community (conferences & think-tanks) to inform on most pressing issues and needs on the ground. This paves the way for a better understanding & more relevant tech solutions.
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PM professional with over 6 years experience in Technology Consulting, her interests are in applying technology to alleviate day to day challenges. She has been actively involved in work where tech is used to bridge gaps in education (access, affordability & quality). She started supporting displaced communities at Kakuma Refugee Camp. By joining TF, she aims to make a positive mark in the lives of displaced people in Kenya, through the use of technology. Get in touch with Philomena Linkedin
Mary Munyoki is a technology innovation and entrepreneurship enthusiast with a passion to empower displaced and marginalised youth and women in relation to technology for development. Her specialities are in strategic project management, business development, human resources, multi-stakeholder partnerships, policy engagement and programs operation. Get in touch with Mary Linkedin
John is a student pursuing Bachelors of Information Technology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. "I am hardworking and committed individual who is able to work well as part of team as well as own initiative. I am passionate to empower the livelihood of displaced people in Kakuma refugee camp through technology.My specialists are in Networking, Front End developer, Database Management, IT support and Maintenance. Taught in kakuma Refugee camp as secondary school teacher under Windle International Kenya. Volunteered with a team to develop School Management Information System for Nakuru Vocationary Training Centre."
🙏 We would also like to thank Priscilla Queirolo who was Techfugees’ Regional Development Volunteer in Africa based in Nairobi during the first months of 2019 as well as Benjamin Hounsell who led Techfugees in Kenya since day one.
Gemma is an experienced partnerships and fundraising expert who has worked in the UK and East Africa for over 10 years for NGOs, start ups and education institutions. She has raised over $25 million through foundations and private companies and has extensive knowledge on setting up sustainable fundraising strategies and partnerships. She became involved in refugee projects and saw how technology was a game changer to the lives and opportunities of refugees and displaced people. She is passionate about helping refugees get all the access and opportunities they need to change their own lives.
Dominic is a Project Management Consultant and Country Rep for Field Buzz in Nairobi,Kenya. When he's not busy coordinating projects with software developers in Germany & Bangladesh, he's busy organizing intimate, acoustic gigs as the City Co-Lead and Partnerships & Logistics Liason at Sofar Sounds Nairobi. Furthermore, he's the New Sponsor and Sponsorship Relations Coordinator at Project Management Institute, Kenyan Chapter. In addition to that, he's in the SDSN Youth Committee of The Great Lakes Region as well as an Advocate of the Global Schools Program.Other than that, in his free time he plants trees and teaches primary kids how to grow and preserve tree nurseries with Miti Alliance. He's also a mentor with Tim Aridi Foundation.
Beryl ONYANGO, Comms
Beryl Onyango is an entrepreneur and a researcher. She has worked on different migration research projects such as access to alternative livelihood options and safe migration for potential migrants. She is currently researching protracted displacement in the urban world. Beryl has worked with different organizations including KickStart International Inc, The University of Nairobi, and Samuel Hall on research projects. She has a passion for migration issues and in the future she intends to use her entrepreneurial skills to help to improve the lives of displaced people by providing them with training and skills to start small businesses.