Microsoft commitment to empower the youth cannot go unnoticed as they partnered with the Kenya Red Cross Society and organized a NGO connection day today.
The event which took place in the Boma hotel Nairobi show cased a number of innovations and programs run by different Non-governmental associations that work to help fight the youth unemployment situation in Kenya.
“We believe that technology can be a powerful force that opens exciting opportunities for nonprofits to better achieve their missions and accelerate their impact,” said Microsoft.
Among the NGO’s include Kenya Internship Agencies (KIA), which work together with Net hope, who in collaboration with other international companies are working had to help students as well as recent graduates who have studied IT or Computer science, get internships that could possibly lead to employment.
This also applied to the Rockefeller Foundation, who’s headquarters are in New York, noted that the majority of the African population consists of the youth, (35 years and below) and most of them not having any source of income.
Wairmu Ngondu, of Rockefeller said that the foundation is looking at creating digital jobs that will impact one million people across Africa; as it will activate the job getting process through ICT and working with organizations to help train the youth on entrepreneurship.
Apart from KIA and Rockafeller foundation, other NGO’s present in the event were Kenya Private Sector Allience (KEPSA), Homeboyz Foundation; who will be launching the Y-hub at the end of this month, the Red Cross Society of Kenya and the Kenya Youth Enterprise Fund.
” Youth empowerment is an essential driving factor in sustaining development in today’s evolving world. NGO’s together with different partners can introduce IT training for their youth programs and encourage the larger community to assimilate such technologies into their daily lives,” said Microsoft.