KampaBits, a youth-based organization that exists to positively change the lives of vulnerable youth in Uganda has been named the 2019 Grand Prize Winner of the Prestigious Miss.Africa Digital Seed Fund.
With the $5,000 grant, Uganda’s KampaBits, will improve youth’s access to productive employment and in increasing girl’s participation in STEM.
According to Ms Mbawomye Justine, Project Manager, KampaBits Uganda, “We are extremely honored to emerge as winners of the prestigious Miss Africa Digital Seed fund grant 2019. Winning this grant is one big step that has opened doors for us to be part of something great as well as positively impact the girl child in the technology field.”
The firm says it will use the grant to increase its capacity thus accommodating and facilitating more girls in its technology training.
“We would like to thank DotConnectAfrica for their initiative aimed at empowering more women to engage in STEM and related careers. We can’t wait to see our training empowering more and more girls with the soft & programming skills,” Mbawomye added.
Other winners included BasaliTech from Lesotho and Ace Commmunications from The Gambia which were both winners in the Second category prize.
Ace Communications took home $1000 and will use the prize to train students from the Gambia in introductory topics for a period of two (2) weeks while BasaliTech, also got $1000 and will use the funds to equip young girls with relevant skills to thrive in an era where technology dominates.
The Women-In-Tech seed fund award is now in its fourth year and offers grants to support women and girls in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to launch or expand their own initiatives that will increase their digital opportunities in IT related training, jobs and leadership roles.
“Each year we are delighted to see growth and skills development and at this fourth year’s seed funding round, the quality of the applications exemplifies the deep desire for digital knowledge, this remains is unmatched”—Ms. Kim Gueho, DCA Trust Corporate Trustee and Miss.Africa Co-Evaluation Committee.
“It’s unbelievable, it was just a few years ago when we launched this amazing Seed Funding program to enhance and enable digital skillsets for women and girls, and to see us awarding the fourth-round winners just shows the thirst for closing the digital gap.” Sophia Bekele, Founder & Champion of Miss.Africa Digital Program complimented the winners.