Looks like they know we made Forbes 30 under 30 list.
Tomorrow is #givingtuesday
Donating to TechLit Africa puts used computers to use in the fight against poverty. How?
We are preparing the next generation of children in Kenya for life in the digital economy. Computers and the internet are the best economic opportunity ever, so let's put used computers to work.
Happy happy birthday!
We're so grateful for all your support.
🔥TechLit members looking sharp!
👉Here you can see Dogo (left) and MC (right) are directing something with Kasi, Aspel and Benja.
🤔Let’s get them on LinkedIn to explain!
Over the weekend, we met Steven, who is collecting computer donations for his Eagle Scout project.
He’s already collected over 45 computers and he says he hasn’t even started!
We’re able to teach digital skills to so many thousands of kids in Kenya because of generous and driven people like Steven.
Meanwhile, Ogutu & Bowen are here competing with each other. They’re 🔥🔥 at the early levels of typing class!
Earlier this year, @newworldvanlines donated computers while we were in Kenya. A few months later, the Mombasa Relief Initiative offered to ship three pallets for us! The donation from New World and many others are now in transit to Mombasa.
Thank you @newworldvanlines ! Your donation is on it's way, and it will soon be putting in work for many years to come, changing hundreds of lives in rural Kenya.
"We run vertically-integrated computer classes in rural African schools with used computers. In 2021, we ran a successful pilot program: we expanded to 10 computer labs in rural Kenya, serving over 4,000 students."
Read more: https://techlitafrica.org/about
We're shipping A TON of computers for the holidays. 👇👇👇
Here's the progress we've had so far:
👉 With just 16 computers we hosted over 1,300 students in 2019.
👉 This year we have over 4,000 children in Kenya learning computer skills twice-per-week.
👉 Next year, in 2022, we can reach over 40,000 children in Kenya.
Here's how we'll reach 40,000 more children in Kenya in 2022:
1️⃣ Ship 2,000 computers (with your help)
2️⃣ Partner with 100 more schools (who help pay local teachers)
3️⃣ Hire and train 100 more teachers (who improve our program)
Now it's your turn! Here's how you can help (we need computers and funds for shipping & customs):
💥 Donate old computers or money for shipping! Website: techlitafrica.org
💥 Ask: What does your company do with old computers? If you get us in touch with your IT manager, we can take it from there. Email: tyler @techlitafrica .org
💥 Host a fundraiser for shipping or computers! We will help you set up your fundraiser or arrange shipping.
"Self-regulated learning is crucial. It entails learning methods like self-monitoring, self-instruction, goal-setting, and self-reinforcement that are scalable to a broad array of challenges facing modern societies."
Read more: http://ow.ly/VmhR50GBqFs
Bowen and Ogutu were the first two TechLit students. They keep challenging our teachers to a touch-typing contest, but our teachers might be afraid of loosing... they haven't accepted the challenge yet.
Here's Allan, one of our talented teachers. While teaching classes, he is learning to code.
We import used computers and teach computer classes in rural African schools.
"Recycling old computers helps to minimize the energy needed to manufacture new computers. For instance, for every million laptops you recycle, you save energy sufficient to serve 3500 homes."
Read more: http://ow.ly/89UU50GBqTy
"Students with a strong sense of self-actualization build a solid understanding of interest and commitment to their activities. They perceive challenges as tasks to be mastered."
Read more: http://ow.ly/o8c050GBqzf
Whether it's through earning a living or learning skills online, the digital economy could radically transform life in rural Africa.
Let's make it happen: https://techlitafrica.org
Shout-out to Ronnie, one of our brightest teachers. He's learning to program.
All computers donated to TechLit go to the classroom. The problem is, Ronnie needs a computer to study. Anyone have a used computer for Ronnie?
Learn more about how we are disrupting poverty by empowering rural African youth to join the digital economy.
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These kids are learning how to join the digital economy. On average, every computer we deploy serves 20 kids for many years.
Learn more: https://techlitafrica.org
This is Magda, one of our impressive teachers, explaining basic coding. Our students learn by example and through play.
We believe that embedding a sense of self-efficacy in our students will best prepare them for the digital economy.
Learn more: https://techlitafrica.org
Software changed how the we learn. However, those who have the most to gain from this change don't have computers, despite the vast surplus of used computers in developed countries.
Visit our website to learn how we're solving this problem: https://techlitafrica.org
Intrinsic motivation is the secret sauce in our computer classes. Sometimes, kids just play games and learn how to use a computer in the process.
Learn how your used computers can change the world: https://techlitafrica.org
We alone are responsible for the computers you donate. We update them, repair them and replace them when needed. We secure them and are responsible when they are stolen.
Being responsible for donations means we can guarantee equal access for all students, from any neighborhood.
"I know TechLit will be a big bridge in making all our futures great, both me and the rest of the teachers." ~ Moha Ishmael
He's a journalist, a music producer and even a software engineer! Moha runs our operations in Kenya.
Most Kenyans looking at this can't help imagine how different their life would have been if TechLit existed when they were growing up.
That alone speaks volume to amount of impact we are making on these students future. And we are here for all of it.
We have an ambitious goal... 100 more computer labs to enable another 40,000 kids!
AMA: Ask Me Anything
We're hosting a virtual event this Thursday the 21st at 4PM CST.
Our teachers are constantly learning new skills and sharing ideas. Here they are learning how to make 3D models and animations in Blender, one of a dozen creative tools we bring to rural African schools.
Do you know an organization with used computers? We will build 100 more computer labs next year, but we need more laptops!
In March you helped TechLit build its headquarters on the second floor.
As a final touch, Skylinks installed a wifi base station on the roof, which means Mogotio families can get home wifi for the first time.
Your support was instrumental. Now we will find a way for some adults in the area to 10X their income online as we scale up our tech program for school kids.
You can learn most things online nowadays. All you need is a computer with internet and reliable electricity. This is now possible at our headquarters! And by the time our school kids graduate, they’ll be tapping the global economy straight from the village.
Our mission isn’t complete yet. We can get a laptop into the classroom in just a few weeks and for just $50.
The internet is one big party and everyone is invited. But if you were born somewhere that's offline or without computers, then you're locked out. TechLit Africa is like the key to the party.
This is Anan.
We started with a small room and 16 computers. Every day we saw hundreds kids. Anan, one of our first students, came early every day to help setup our intranet.
That was in 2019, now we're the official computer literacy class in Anan's school.
For $50, we can ship one laptop, which is enough to teach 20 kids for multiple years. Many rural schools already have a classroom ready for us. They have power outlets with stable electricity and extra bars on the windows for security.
We didn't stop at touch typing. We won't stop at coding
They may just be kids now, but what we see are engineers, leaders and artists
We learn from our students as much as they learn from us. We are building a custom linux desktop with curriculum that adapts to learning curve.
These two are learning to use the mouse. It won't be long before they're coding their own games.
Students love our computer classes. We know this because many principals say their attendance has gone up
Remember when this building started in March. Well it is done.
We didn't know we could make it this far, leave alone finishing it.
Wherever you are dance with us 💃💃💃💃💃💃💃
We like to start at 1st grade, but at many of our schools, the pre-school kids insist they deserve computer time. These kids are so small, we have to lift them onto that bench
After graduating with a computer science degree, I had to practice touch-typing for six months before I could pass a coding interview.
We are changing this story for 4,000 students. Next year, we will change another 40,000 stories.
We are looking for 4,000 computer donations for our next 100 computer labs! Thanks to our newest shipping partners it takes 14 days to get these computers from your hands into the hands of these kids.
There is so much hope in just one picture.
It is one thing to set up computers. Our genuine, empathetic teachers bring them to life.
We are about to roll out coding classes at all our 10 labs. That will be 4,000+ kids learning to code as part of their primary education.
Our first teacher's institute
How many motorbikes do you see?
⚠️ caution ⚠️ coders at work.
We were really excited to receive equipment donation, in Kenya, from Denver.
This is such a huge win for us. It means that you can now ship computer donations straight to the kids in Kenya.
The one on the right, also going four floors, is a challenge for another summer. For now I can't believe we will be finishing this wing in a few weeks.
Five months later and I am really ready for a vacation.
Thank you for following our journey these past five months. You should up daily and cheered us on.
Tomorrow we fly back to get ready for the next 100 computer labs.
We will leave Mogotio with 👏👏:
🐣 4000 Kids touch typing and well on their way to coding
🏫 A four storied tech-campus transforming every segment of the population
👩🎨 A vocational school working with various community members
❣️10 computer labs in schools where more than 95% of the kids had never used a computer before
❤️ Twenty TechLit Africa champions working with kids everyday to provide the best tech curriculum there is
Yep we did it!!! 10 computer labs up and running 💃💃💃
1000% Year over year growth sounds cool. We are doing 100 labs next year.
tenth computer lab loading
I guess we know who is the funny one.
My secret? I just start and then do everything in my power not to stop.
A global citizen in the making.
They moved in 🥰🤗
Hi Millicent 🤗.
Is it our turn yet?
We are really proud of how impactful the hair school has been.
As a kid I used to be believe that if something is pretty bad then people are working on it. As I got older I noticed I am "people" and I should work on the things that need fixing.
Distributing the tech leverage is my fight.
It was a close-four-schools in day kinda day 👑👸👏
This is Irene. She codes now.
Learn more about the amazing Open Lab we just hosted!
We were so excited to see hundreds of passionate kids come into the lab and learn during their Summer Break!
We can’t wait to do this again!
It has been a minute 🤗🤗🤗🤗
It's back to school alright.
It is balance your milk on your head kinda day 😍.
The longest Tyler has been away from the keyboard in a really long time. Though he seems to be looking something up.
He is been working tireless to making our product really intuitive and engaging for the kids.
We will miss you Brie ❣️
Thank you for the coding curriculum
Bri incorporated "loops" into their favorite game and it was the coolest thing ever.
We host an “open lab” when schools are on break.
We love that we could accommodate kids that don't have a TechLit lab in their schools yet.
Back to school tomorrow. Today we safari
MC Rocky hosted a talent show. We had to turn up
It takes a village to change the world.
Have you seen our meet the team music video yet? 👉link in the bio
Our last columns, we are wrapping this building up 👏🎉❤️
We are so happy to share more about the first five computer labs we’ve built in the past two months!
Working with these children and their schools has been incredible, and we are so happy to see them loving their computer labs.
Stay tuned for future updates about the 5 remaining labs within the next month!
@darlingkenya has been generous enough to help us kickstart our vocational school.
Hair Dressing is such a lucrative skill in most Kenyan communities. After the three month course they can start their own business or be employed locally.
Happy Happy Birthday Tyler.
We have the most awesome and technologically advanced computer labs because of you. Keep killing it 👏
When you see this, you know we are about to wrap up another floor 🤗👏🎉
Ready to meet the team?
On our way to install our seventh lab.
Rocky is holding 20 laptops.
I know exactly how Africa would look when TechLit succeeds.
Checkout this snippet from our upcoming documentary and join the movement.
We have worked with over 3,500 the past six weeks. One thing is consistent across all these schools and kids.
They are genuinely happy to see us.
Get to know us a little better and become a part of our community!
This is the kind of welcome you get here at Zawadi Yetu. Just be ready for a really big hug.
One of our board members was surprised we could fit four people on a motorbike.
The third floor will provide a safe and quiet place for kids to learn and catch up on their studies.
I grew up studying at the hospital verandah until 2 AM when my mom could not afford kerosene. I am excited that future generation of kids, especially girls, don't have to do that.
Meet Allan and Rocky.
Some of our awesome teachers.
Building an organization is not easy. Genuine smiles like make it worthwhile
He wanted to ace touch typing on every machine on the lab 😮
We've got this 💪. Our fifth lab is up and running.
5 down, 5 more to go.
Happy holidays 🎉
Computer Literacy brought to you in your tribal language. It doesn't get more awesome than that
Do you remember your first touch typing class?
How we roll into schools about to spread the tech leverage to hundreds of students.
We just found a way to get these computers in the hands of the kids in within two weeks 💃💃💃
We would like to thank The Network members. They have generously invested in these kids month in month out. To join the impact follow the link in the bio
Our headquarters is pretty much done. Thank you for all your support.
You are going to have a great week!
Here is cheerful music video to guarantee it (link in the bio)
You see this two in a room together and you know something great is about to drop. You might already seen their latest work 👉TechLit Music Video(Link in the bio)
Can you guess what they are working on right now? A TechLit documentary! We will have one in a week or so.
I can't get over these lights.
As a kid, I knew that only cities had street lights. Now every-time I walk out the classrooms, I temporarily forget I am in Mogotio.
We could tell you all about our fourth lab but I think Dogo beats us to it with his catchy tunes. Make sure to checkout the music video he made (youtube link in bio)
A good looking potato to introduce our third lab.
We plan to install 10 computer labs before August.
new lights, who dis?
Not everyday you get to see a major railway. being built
We replaced our run today with hike up and around Mt. Longonot crater's. It was breeze 💪. We can't wait to hike it with you when you come visit 🌁🚶♀️🦓🦒.
Just a typical math class with TechLit
Three months later
Whatchu up to?
Ni hayo tu.
Our second lab is up and running 💃💃
Can you believe they are doing math in this picture?
How many different TechLit apparel can we wear?
TechLit's teachers near you
Did someone say "excuse me teacher?"
have you seen the latest on the building?
It is the dancing while doing math for us 🥰😍
Ever wondered how stairs/ramps are made?
It starting to look a lot like a classroom 👩🏫
💃💃 10 weeks in
They were amazed how much steel bars the shutter needed.
It has been a week since we started at Mogotio Primary and over 500 kids have started computer class!
Today we are learning basic mouse movements. We can't wait to get through touch-typing and on to coding!
Winnie wanted to know everything about my education. where I studied, what grades I got, what courses I took.
She saw herself in me.
Sending over some Mogotio sunshine 🌞
Happy Sunday everybody 🤗
we can't wait for this floor to done.
wrapping up our headquarters, we are still $21, 456 shy hitting our goal.
👉link in the bio
Big day today 💃💃💃
This was my classroom 15 years ago. Today we converted it into a computer lab.
When I was their age, the term computers was not even in my vocabulary.
As a runner, I have really appreciated this 👇 Martin Luther King Jr. quote.
“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
A lot about this floor reminds me of that quote.
"Is this the scarcity mindest creeping in?' "I am coming from a place of fear or hope?" I have been asking myself these questions a lot lately. They help me focus on the north star and not succumbed to the fears and frustrations of the day to day.
Tyler, our other founder, setting up computers at Mogotio Primary. We start computer classes here tomorrow working with over 1,500 students in just the one school.
We are so close to completing our headquarters too
Allan beat Leli -- an experienced player -- even though this was his first time using a keyboard. Two minutes watching the group before him was all he needed.
She believed she could and that is all it took.
We are putting a shutter on the second floor 💃💃💃. We are still $25,000 shy of hitting our goal.
Can we count you in?
These kids keep us happy and energized all day!
One of these Mogotio's girls in not like the rest of the others.
All but one used computers way before their teenage years.
This just in: Biwe beats Tyler again!
We held a tournament at Mogotio Primary today to get the students excited about computer classes starting next week.
Future optometrist 😎👓🤓.
This is Kasi, he made those frames by himself.
The shutter needs to be supported for three weeks after cementing to give it time to solidify. . Today we took the scaffolds out. We can re-use them for the second's floor shutter making this second shutter slightly cheaper. The biggest expense is still the steel beams, costing about $20,000.
We are ready to roof the second floor. Can we count you in?
Over the past few weeks, you've watched Leddy, grow into a confident typist, photo editor, teacher and even a coder.
This floor will give more opportunities to kids like this amazing 7-year old. Opportunities, I couldn't even imagine when I was twice her age.
Our biggest need right now? Roofing this floor
Can we count you in? (donation link in the bio)
Oh my, cutest thing today. They planted a tree dedicated to TechLit.
They blindfolded me for the big reveal. Holding both my hands so I don't trip. "Cosi, don't peak" they said over and over"
Partner in impact.
This is Cherewa and his little brother 'Mkubwa'. Cherewa dresses like a CEO. I am pretty sure he dresses Mkubwa because the matching game here is 👌
Harder and harder to keep going. Unthinkable to stop now.
That is entrepreneurship for you in a nutshell.
I was having a really bad day to today. This balcony made forget my worries, even just a few shots.
The kids are so excited to move into this floor.
They had been in my apartment this whole time. Besides being excited to have my apartment back, we could easily host 20 times the number of kids.
The shutter is really the elephant in the room, like $30,000 worth of worry.
Thank you so much for those who have supported us. If you still have the means please help us finish this floor.
An equally important ask, can you help us spread the word? You can just share this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mezs1qRZuZk (link in the bio)
happy happy mother's day mama. Thank you for investing in my education
we are ready for the shutter, anytime now.
To See what this building is all about it https://youtu.be/mezs1qRZuZk
nothing inspirational here, just a really cool photo.
Happy Friday 🎉 nothing to see here, just TechLit Africa's kids and their pet rabbit 🐇
move inspired by the bat that kept me up all night 🦇
a classroom on the second floor ready for a roof/shutter
we are running nine miles this week 🏃♀️🏃♀️🏃♀️
They are now playing a game they created and debugged. How cool 🤩🥰
How many screens do you need when coding?
All software engineers will say "as many as you can get"
I see a software engineer. What do you see?
Everyone in town is excited about this floor.
Most of the prospective young adults wanted to get a computer degree but couldn't afford it. They are really happy they will be getting a shot too.
The kids are just happy they will have such a cool campus dedicated learning about computers.
They all want to know when they can move in.
It is becoming increasing harder to capture the whole building in one shot.
Time to come see it in person. Round trip tickets are only $800 out of Chicago.
We are here till September, we would love to show you around and maybe a safari or two 🦓🦒🐒🐆
My co-founder, @which_guy_ty and I went skydiving on our first date.
Besides TechLit being built by daring individuals, we are not afraid to test the limits of our tenacity by literally building higher and higher
She is always wears that smile when she visits the school.
This is Sharon Cheboi. She runs the school
These kids provide a whole new level of accountability.
They showed up at dawn ready to hit the roads. We did 8 miles!
We will be ready for another shutter in two weeks.
The second floor could be all done and ready for impact by June!
When we ran our programs in 2019, we had only 16 laptops in very tiny, poorly ventilated classrooms. Kids only got 20 minutes to a laptop. Nevertheless, 300 kids showed up everyday! That was motivation enough to start on this building.
This past month, we have seen how much progress we can make when kids have their own computers and more time on it. One week in, they were already touch typing ⌨️ and a month in coding 👩💻.
Completing the second floor will give more kids access and ample time to thrive.
The shutter is the mostly costly bit of the building. It will cost $40,000.
Help us make this floor happen. The craziest thing you can do is nothing!
💙 donate (link in the bio)
👉create a facebook fundraiser
📣spread the word to your friends
🔊invite us to speak at an event
✅rallying your communities to donate
😍share our work and spread the word
Sometimes I look back at my life, where I have come from, how much I have accomplished, how much energy and drive I have and I think, oh my I want meet me 💪👸💃
I know right? What a great day that was! I didn't know coding would be that easy
We introduced them blocked based programming with scratch today.
They needed to follow along 5-minute video and build their own game. Unprompted, this two worked together to create the game in one of their machines and host the video on the other. They were the first ones to code the game and even started playing their own game!
They are already pair programming y'all 😍😍
This impact empire has a runway.
Let's flex queens 👸💪👸
Can you tell we ran into a talented local photographer?
Do you see what we see? Do you see it yet?
Do you see how we can change the trajectory of an entire generation just by investing in economic empowerment?
We can't stop talking about it.
Thank you for indulging us.
Something about how cool you would be as a kid if you had one of these 🐣
How high can we go?
let's find out 👉https://www.facebook.com/donate/2856479941276135/
Digital lab loading.
We finished the shutter and had some materials left over. So we decided to start on the second floor and see how far we can get.
We maybe pushing our luck at this point but you know what #impactcantwait
This is Benja, an awesome running buddy.
Knowing that he is waiting for you, gets you up in the morning to chase the equator sunrise.
Every morning, he brings a few of his friends. They call each other kipchoge, as in @kipchogeeliud , the phenomenonal runner. The sub 2-hour marathon Eliud. Yep that Eliud.
It is amazing to see how well-rounded these kids are becoming.
It is the cement dance 💃.
// We stamp, stamp, check if compacted,
// keep going until it is.
We made it past the shutter 👏 💃.
We ran out of money on the first part of the building that we had to use temporary roofing.
Getting past the shutter is really huge for us. The second floor will be a no-brainer.
Just how impressive is all this?
I would have said, "pinch me" but the frustration and stress it takes to make all happen is way too real to for it to be a dream.
All I can say is, "It is all worth it" Every Single Tear.
Tomorrow I worry about how we are going to make the second floor happen.
Today I relax because, I was scared we are not even going to finish the shutter.
Do you know how much impact we are going to have on this floor? We can't wait to find out too.
With your supporting, we could moving in by June and get those impact stories rolling.
It felt like a special day today, the whole crew was here: the electrician, the plumber, the structural engineer, the carpenter and even the government official.
Today we completed the shutter. Tomorrow we lay it all up with seven inches of cement.
Which means we are ready for that second floor that we can't stop talking about.
It is the "You Did It" dance.
We had a simple UI that said "You Did It" when they typed faster than 30 words per minutes with zero typos.
They started dancing every time they saw that screen.
These beams are fascinating 😲.
Behind every successful product/brand/company, there is a relentless founder who never gave despite all the reasons to.
Proud Teacher 👏
Ida and Eva, along with their two friends joined four days ago. Leddy, 7 started teaching them touch typing. Today two of them aced their first exercise. They call it the 'I did it' achievement. They have made a dance that goes with it. We are yet to capture it!
The original cast 😍🐣,
Averaging at 44 words per minute one month 💃👩💻❣️
$60, 000 did all that 😲.
Another $35,000 and we will be impacting more that 10,000 community members a year 🤯
This of the economic empowerment we could create on this campus 💃💃
let's make it happen 👉techlitafrica.org/donate
Leddy completed all our Home Row qwerty levels with at least 30 Words Per Minute and no typos 😇
🐣She is seven.
👩💻She helps a lot with the new students, teaching them touch typing, encouraging them and even covering their keyboards if it comes to it 🙈.
When introduced qwerty, our touch typing application, I thought she was too young.
She insisted she wanted to try it.
I am really proud of her 😍👏😍.
Thank you for being part of our story.
Join the #10campaign to get the second floor completed and ready for the community by June.
With the equator temperatures and Mogotio earthy breeze, anywhere could be your beach 🏖. Including the massive steel beams of the new TechLit Africa headquarters 😎.
Our chief contractor 😄.
He is doing such a good job. I reminded him that it has been a month since we started. He said, "I guess we have been crushing it, I didn't even notice 😲"
It is exactly one month since we started construction
A lot can happen in month 👏
💙employed more than 300 people
💪built the foundation for the four stories to come
🤩finished the first floor
🔥layered the ground work for the second floor
✅launched qwerty, our touch typing game, and already have students typing at 60 words per minute
👸we are building an impact empire 👸
🎵To all the queens out who are fighting along baby you not dancing on your own🎵.
A lot can happen in a month. Thank you for sharing our stories, cheering us on and donating to the second floor.
You can see all the mountains from up here 🤩
These poles are even more impressive from up here 😲😲😲
I believe I can fly.
Not really 😆
I believe I can change the world by investing in economic independence
I should ________
Let me do a pushup 💪💪
You 🤗. Yes you 😊
Help us finish the second floor.
They get so excited every time they ace a level!
This is what gave these columns the cylindrical shape🤔
The total weight of the shutter's steel beams will be 33,000 pounds ~14 Metric Tonnes 😲
These steel bars are not light!
Oluoch and his team fold and cut them to build those massive steel beams.
Proud Parent 🐥. Even more proud son 🐣.
Jose was really excited to show his mom that he can now type without looking at the keyboard 🤩
Women at work. They may say construction is a man's work but these women do it flawlessly with grace and laughter 💪👸💃
Leli was really inspired by how Ogutu aced that one high stakes level we shared yesterday.
She used her play time to try to beat the level. They never do that. They all prefer games to touch typing! Who wouldn't? 😆.
She kept saying if Ogutu can do it, I can do it!. And she did!🥳🚀.
We were not quick enough to capture the 🎵I did it dance🎵 💃💃
We are laying the ground work for the second floor 💃💃. Long before we bought this land I had seen clearly what the second floor would be.
We will be unlocking the digital economy right from rural Kenya leveraging these freelancing platforms Upwork and Fiverr. It is inspiring to see people from other developing nations on there and I believe with just the right training, we can get someone from never touching a computer to making $8 an hour in no time.
The shutter is the most expensive part of the building. It will cost us $40,000. In comparison, the whole construction so far excluding the shutter is $30,000.
I pledged all my savings ~$60,000 because lifting communities can't wait. We raising another $60,000 for the second floor. We are $35,000 shy.
I know $35,000 seem like a lot, but that is 3,500 people each donating $10.
How about we kick off a #10dollarCampaign in which you get seven of your friends to donate $10. We can create a ripple effect that way and make this floor happen by June! https://www.facebook.com/donate/2856479941276135/
Your girl Leddy is now teaching the new students.
She is 7!
Ogutu was the first student in this morning. He came in saying he was dreaming about Lesson 2 Exercise 12 all night.
Normally, we let them play whatever game they want for sometime before they switch to touch typing lessons. The stakes were high with this specific level though. They would be done with typing for day and just play it they got to 30 wpm with no typos.
He used his play time to complete this level. The best he had done the previous day was 20 WPM
Today he started with
🤩28WPM 2 typos
🤯33 WPM 1 Typo.
🥳 🚀32WPM no typos ✅Aced it!
🧐His best on this level now is 43 WPM
😲Joyce comes second with 34 WPM
Ogutu was one of the first students at Zawadi. He wants to be an Engineer.
It is so much fun to watch him grow and thrive.
Our local carpenter, Michael, dropping off a few chairs for the four new students we just onboarded.
Happy Monday Everybody 🤗🤗🤗
Shutter loading ...
Another foundation done and ready in no time 🤯🤯🤯
Ogutu wants to be an engineer
Some light afternoon reading with the view of the mountains and the perfect equator breeze?
This balcony will be your spot!
These bricks are sturdy 💪💪💪
Cute baby foundation
Leli had a lot of questions for Oluoch, the structural engineer, on how these upright steel installation becomes the stairs.
Remember the story of how Anan was hacking our leaderboard and finding a way to always be at the top?
It took us a while but we think we figured out the right incentives to best teach the kids touch typing.
They are all working really hard to be at the top of every category. Anan is still winning and we are 90% sure he is not hacking it.
Leli was very proud of herself. She had be working on that level for a few days.
Everytime they get all checks (Zero Typos and More than 30WPM) they sing and dance "💃I did it 💃I did it".
Leddy did it. First time she got all the three checks.
✅ Passed the level
⚡More than 30 words per minutes
Yay another foundation 💃💃💃! This one will support the balcony
We are starting on the roof, commonly referred as the shutter, tomorrow. It will be more than seven inches of concrete supported by massive steel beams.
It will be more expensive than the cost of construction so far.
Oluoch, our structural engineer keeps saying that the shutter is like buying another piece of land in the air. We believe him.
The carpenter had to come see for himself why we kept ordering more chairs.
Ogutu was really proud to have beat level 10 of our touch typing game, with both high typing speeds and no typos.
He had been working on it for a while
Leli has become the resident Super Tux2 consultant.
Everybody comes to her on strategy on how to beat advance levels.
This is Mustafa. He is one of the contractors at the school. He loves posing for photos.
He often says "Mimi ni mustafa, mtoto wa Sofia." (I am Mustafa, Sofia's son)
I met a 9 year old boy in Chicago who was convinced that Africa was really sad and everybody there was dying of hunger. I was furious, not at him but at the society that showed a really skewed version of Mama Africa.
We invested on a camera almost immediately and sought out to show how complex and multifaceted we are. We can't just be reduced to starvation and sadness.
We ask for consent before taking any photo. It is surprising how many people say no but those that say yes, tell us genuine stories about their life and later ask for prints of their photos. We greatly obliged because of the hope they see in those prints.
Fun aunt? maybe 🤷♀️ 🤷♀️
We launched what later became TechLit with Leli. She was 7 at the time. Back then we thought the way to promote tech literacy was to bring the internet to rural Africa. We downloaded terabytes of wikipedia, khan academy and any educational content you could think of to build our intranet servers. When people came to the lab we would type in the IP address and show them all our content. Leli memorized the IP address without our knowledge and when one of our friends came to the lab, she asked them if they wanted to see our content. When they agreed she opened up the browser typed in 192.168.1.2 and said "see, we have all this" .
She only wanted to use the terminal because she saw us do it. She would open up the terminal and type Zawadi Prep, the school, over and over again. That was three years ago and she was only 7. Now at 10 years old and she is killing it at touching typing. I also think she is in the top 10% Super Tux 2 players.
And for my nephew Kiki, I just met him a few weeks ago. I am still a stranger to him 😥. He is very weary of strangers. But as soon as I open my laptop, he warms up to me really quick. He just wants to press the buttons. He is 14 months old and knows that keyboard keys are for pressing and plucking.
Cheboi Sisters: the faces of women empowerment
Our mother worked really hard to educate all of us. I think it is the best investment she ever made.
From far left
Sharon had taken Zawadi and grown it beyond our imagination. Zawadi is now know and loved by all our community members
Babra oversaw the building of the first school. She started her own Veterinary shop and is off to the races with it. One of my favorite story of her is how she buys eggs for a 10 cents, incubates them and three weeks later sells the chicks for two dollars!
Then there is me, building TechLit Africa to accelerate Tech Adoption in Rural Africa.
Prisca taught herself hair braiding and has made a small business providing beauty services.
Progress from construction?
We are running out of "safe" places to sit on. Soon it would be really hard to capture the whole building in one shot.
Thank you for all your support 💛.
Everyone was really proud of the amount of progress they made today.
It would be great if they can continue onto the second floor right in three weeks. You can support us by donating to build the second floor.
Just on the second floor,
👶Kids will have technology literacy as part of their curriculum
👩💻young adults will unlock the digital economy right from the village. Moving from making $4 a day to ~$8 an hour
To donate 👉 techlitafrica.org/donate
(link in the bio)
Have a great weekend! The elders have okayed it 👌
Thank you 💛
Welcome to Zawadi Yetu.
We are building are building a template to transform communities by involving every segment of the population.
Yay more columns 💃💃💃
Hey you 🤗
Come build with us.
They are starting to enjoy touch typing.
We had to take away some of the competitive elements of it because they found a way to beat the system.
One of the stats was the fastest typist measured by words per minute (wpm). Anan figured he could improve his speed by just banging at the letters blindly. He got to 42 WPM with 120 typos!
Empower. Enable. Inspire
Let Anan be the guiding voice this week as you draft those messages.
Empower. Enable. Inspire
The foundation is all covered up now.
It is a bittersweet moment because the foundation was such an awesome playground. We were excited for the three classrooms though.
Empower. Enable. Inspire
Leddy killed it at touch typing today 👏.
She was really patient and persistent. The older kids who had gotten used to figuring out everything quickly were a bit surprised at how much time and patience it takes to learn how to type.
At the end of the session, Leddy was the fastest typer of the group.
They love the chat feature on the networked-multiplayer super tux kart (An open-source clone of super mario kart).
The know how to setup their own servers and clients. Which involves connecting to the wifi, deciding who is would be the server and waiting for everyone to join.
They chat with each other on the lobby as they wait for every one else to join.
We are so proud of the number of jobs the school is already creating!!!
We have hired over 120 people just a week into construction. Some of them are high schools students at Athinai Secondary. By building the school with us they are able to support themselves and give their parents the much needed break.
One of the Zawadi's parent is cooking for the construction workers. The demand for her food has quadrupled. Business is booming for her.
This is such a relieve given the economic turmoil covid had taken on our community.
This community center is truly for everyone in Mogotio and nothing encapsulates that better than what it is already doing just a week into its construction.
💪Empower Rural Communities 💪.
💛Inspire Economic independence💛.
Outdoor gym anyone? 💪🏋️♀️🤸♀️
It is almost Friday. You got this 💪🙂💪🙂💪🙂💪
Future TechLit Africa headquarters 💛💛💛💛.
This place is about to become so much bigger. It will the home for every member of the community.
👶Kids will have technology literacy as part of their curriculum
👩💻young adults will unlock the digital economy right from the village. Moving from making $4 a day to ~$8 an hour
🧔for the people that never went to school, they will get basic literacy from the third floor. We will also have financial literacy, vocational training and every economic empowerment under the sun right from Mogotio.
Because their very own daughter @nellycheboi is fighting for their economic sustainability.
we just completed the most expensive part of the foundation 💃💃💃
It costed us $15,000 to get those columns standing and steady.
Thank you everyone for all your support.
I see you you, do you see me?
Happy Friday everybody 😊
proud mama 😍
i made a promise to her that she will live like a queen when i grow up.
that promise gave me a lot purpose. Purpose that has driven me to transform communities like mine.
We could do a scavenger hunt on these trenches or maybe a haunted Halloween party.
As i kid i loved getting lost in corn plantations. This right here feels just like it.
I was in sixth grade, 2004, I had my favorite my corn stalk. I would go sit under it with a book in the afternoon when the our tin house got too hot.
I was really sad when the had to harvest that corn stalk 😍. It only produced two corn kernels, I wished they left my corn stalk alone.
foundation loading 😁😁😁
we started construction 💃💃💃💃💃
Rocking Zawadi Yetu's Uniform😍
Bowen and Ogutu were the first Zawadi students back in 2016.
It has been a privilege to watch them grow. They help us run our programs providing onsite tech support and guidance to their peers.
see them in action https://lnkd.in/eMXqFk6
He did a good job on these doors? Do you agree? I could a write a book on the kinda trouble Pepe and I got in as kids.
It is amazing to see how much he has accomplished. He would be such a good teacher at our vocational training program
Need water delivered? He is your guy. We call him Dadi 😍
This note made me tear up Elorie Widmer. My mom worked really hard to put all for of us through school.
happy women's day.
Happy international women's day to our generous and amazing COO Sharon Cheboi.
She is the real MVP of Zawadi. When we started we didn't have enough money for desks and chairs, she took bricks lined the up and had a classroom full of kids on day one.She wanted that school and she made Zawadi known in Mogotio. On opening week we had 30 kids. She has continued to grow Zawadi year over year challenging me to do better of these kids.
Simply said: we wont have Zawadi without her.
Thanks big sis, you inspire me more than you know.
Greetings from Mogotio 💃. I arrived safely with the 44 laptops. We have already closed three schools for our first 10 computer labs.
We start the construction in a two weeks. The campus will have four floors each floor dedicated to empowering different segments of the population.
👶 When it comes to kids, we are providing them a digital first curriculum that prepares them for the modern tools in their not so distant future.
👩💻 for high school students, we provide digital training like social media marketing, websites building and so enough for them to get jobs on these freelancing platforms like Upwork or Fiverr. It is inspiring to see people from other developing nations on these platforms and I believe with just the right training, we can get someone from never touching a computer to making $8 an hour on these platforms in no time.
For the older folks, we plan provide adult literacy classes and vocational training like braiding hair and tailoring. With these skills they can start their own business or be employed locally.
We have raised $62,000 right now. Just enough for the first floor.
Wanna help us start on the second floor?
I am bringing these 44 laptops with to Kenya. Our labs are going to be so much better thanks to Pandora for these computers. Last time we reach over 1200 kids with just 16 laptops. I am excited about the impact these computers will have.
Thank you #TheNetwork community for covering the shipping costs.
learn more about #TheNetwork techlitafrica.org/the-network
We will be in Kenya for the next five months to continue building the school. Stay tuned for updates 😍
Happy weekend everybody 🍓
Who would have thought that just a couple of athletes who liked to throw the ball around, would turn into this 14 years later ...... let’s be real ... I knew we would be here from the first time we met! ❤️ When you know, you know. 🥰
From @noritaowiti ❤️: Happy Valentine’s Day mon chéri. Chaque jour avec toi c’est un jour spécial!! Je t’aime. Can’t wait to celebrate every single day together for the next 1000 years 😍
From @rv .rezo ❤️: My dear Valentine, I did not wait for this #techlitafricalove campaign to express my love for you. I am the happiest husband and i can’t wait to share more adventures with my one and only partner in crime!! Nakupenda sana jaber xxx
The founding story of @techlitafrica , is just a story of an overly optimistic couple. As an organization founded by a couple we would love for you join us this valentines and spread the #techlitafricalove
It is simple: wear the @techlitafrica apparel with your valentine and caption it with a sweetest thing they have ever said to you. Use the tag #techlitafricalove or send it to us and we will share it .
This is the sweetest thing Tyler has ever said about me.
Looking 👀 for models, dm headshots 😉
🤣 we would like to thank the Senator from Vermont for overseeing our last donation.
We just launched our apparel line 💃💃💃
link in bio
happy holidays everybody
Name that band ...
En route to Aweil, South Sudan
This is Faith Jeptoo, that is her 2 yr old son . She dropped by at the school to inquire about daycare. She wanted to secure daycare before she could ask for a job at the sisal plantation, making 2 cents per bale at an average of 50 bales a day.
She noticed the group using computers. "I wasn't lucky to go to school", she lamented. She asked about other trade jobs she could train for. We didn't, all we had were computers.
Her story was really sad. I wanted to do something and get her reading and writing already. But all I could do was show her some few kids games. I hope she comes back. I will start looking for resources for her.
I see you. Do you see me 🤩
Mogotio deserves the very best. I am excited to see this community center happen.
Our founders 🤗
This is not an apple commercial. Just TechLit Africa😍
Our marketing student took that photo.
That look 😍
Art class anyone?
We host a tournament every other day. The kids gather outside to watch the race as the competitors race inside. The networked game has been the most popular among the kids. After a few sessions they start using terms like network, server, client, ethernet cable and so.
They are flexing they muscle before the tournament this afternoon.
This is leon. He loves colobot. Colobot is a programming game. Even though he game is too complicated for him, he shows up every day and try to move the robot. I am tried show him other games but he insists on colobot.
After a hard day of teaching others, these four finally get their turn. They are on the final levels of super tux 2, a super mario clone. I tried to play the game but was stuck on level 4.
This is our local server. All the machines are connected locally, allowing us to save the kids progress and set up multiplayer games.
We have a tournament this after. Every is eagerly waiting
The suspense is killing me. This is the semi-finals. Who is going to win?
I think she will figure that 2by2 rubix cube out. She is barely two.
Celebratory pushups. I can't believe all these computers will be in Kenya soon for our next 10 labs.
Minor racing league
Richard is such a good commentator. He cracks me up
New school & community center loading in Mogotio, Kenya
We have been running daily computer classes at Zawadi, grouping them by grade. Kindergarten is the first group. When we arrive early in the morning, they line up by the door. They sing "nimeingia laptop" after the class.
One day we were short for time, so we decided to skip the kindergarten kids. After we left they went to their teacher complaining that they didn't have a class.
Since then, if we start with a different class, they tell us they have not yet gone in, asking when they will be going in. They can’t be ignored.
Ruth Jelimo is six years old. She wants to spend every waking moment at the lab. Here she is helping another child in the community use a trackpad. "Can I take a computer home with me?" she asked.
I tried to explain that her school only has 16 computers and that those are needed for 150 students per day and the whole community on weekends.
The laughter is contagious
This Mercy Koech, she spent two hours trying to touch type. She knew she could play other games. "I have to get it." She said, every time I asked about taking a break.
She hadn't by the time we were ready for the next group. It would be such a big milestone for her when she gets it. I will tell you all about it. #founderchronicles
This is Sheila Kiplagat. It was her first day at the lab. Like most of ours users, she had never used a computer. We introduced her to touch typing, she was leaving 5 minutes in. She ran into me on her way out. "this is really hard. I have never touched those things", she said. I convinced her to come back and try a different game.
She loved TuxMath. One hour in she wanted to give touch typing a go. #founderchronicles
Their new favorite game
This is Faith Jepkemoi. She is a very impressive 7 year old
Wanna visit us?
This one is just creative
Just a lovely afternoon in Mogotio
Chilling, as they wait for their turn with the computers
I use to do this too when i was young. I tried now and i broke his stilts
Ready for our first session
Our founder, Nelly Cheboi
This is Tyler Cinnamon, our founder.
They found photo booth filters
No, they didn’t solve the rubix cube. They wanted to pose with a solved one 😁
The power is out today. They solving rubix cubes instead.
Friends from the Netherlands visited us.
This is Dadi
This is Waithera.
We are ready for our next 10 labs.
Our friend, Gus hosted our computers.
Computers pickup from artisan talent.
TechLit Africa is a 501c3 charityEIN: 83-2767182