Our 2021 Recap is a collection of 19 stories from our progress in 2021.
You can experience our growth from zero to 10 computer labs while we relive the best moments of the year.
(1/19) Recap 2021 - Before 10 Computer Labs
2021-12-13 | by Nelly Cheboi
We have come a long way since starting TechLit Africa in 2019.
Experiments in Kenya became plans for 2021: 10 computer labs in primary schools.
(2/19) Recap 2021 - Flying to Kenya
2021-12-14 | by Nelly Cheboi
Nelly flew to Kenya this year with 44 used laptops in her bags!
It was way cheaper than shipping them over sea.
Now we can ship used Mac and PC laptops to schools in Kenya for $50!
(3/19) Recap 2021 - Neighborhood Classes
2021-12-15 | by Nelly Cheboi
Nelly hosted computer classes for neighborhood kids in April after she flew to Mogotio.
The kids learned new tech skills like photo-editing, design and even coding.
(4/19) Recap 2021 - Digital Natives
2021-12-16 | by Nelly Cheboi
Nelly learned how to use a computer as an adult, which is much harder than learning as a child.
She taught the neighborhood kids all the skills she wish she had when she was a kid.
(5/19) Recap 2021 - Reusing Computers
2021-12-17 | by Nelly Cheboi
Tyler flew to Kenya in May. After a demo class at Mogotio Primary, a local school,
he repurposed computers for the first classroom.
(6/19) Recap 2021 - Homecoming
2021-12-17 | by Nelly Cheboi
Our first official computer classes were at Mogotio Primary School.
Nelly was a student at Mogotio Primary, and returned with a comptuer lab.
(7/19) Recap 2021 - Youth Become Educators
2021-12-18 | by Nelly Cheboi
We hired 20 full-time educators in 2021.
Our Brand Ambassador, Dogo Flower, referred dozens of youth to become TechLit educators.
(8/19) Recap 2021 - Theory of Change
2021-12-19 | by Nelly Cheboi
Our theory of change didn't change in 2021.
We believe a rural Kenyan could go from earning $4 per day to $8 per hour through remote work.
(9/19) Recap 2021 - Joining Private Schools
2021-12-20 | by Nelly Cheboi
In June this year we started computer classes in our third and fourth labs.
We worked with a private school who provided tables and electrical equipment.
(10/19) Recap 2021 - Mogotio Running Club
2021-12-21 | by Nelly Cheboi
Nelly started a Mogotio Running Club that opened the world to kids in Mogotio.
They learned that they didn't need to be rich or have their own car to explore the world around them.
(11/19) Recap 2021 - Building Zawadi Yetu
2021-12-22 | by Nelly Cheboi
This year Nelly built a four-story building called Zawadi Yetu in Mogotio.
The second floor of Zawadi Yetu is TechLit's new headquarters in Kenya.
(12/19) Recap 2021 - New Partners
2021-12-24 | by Nelly Cheboi
Starting with our fourth computer lab, our program became more streamlined.
Saint Mary's Primary School in Mogotio has been an ideal partner.
(13/19) Recap 2021 - Cultural Impact
2021-12-25 | by Nelly Cheboi
In July we began teaching classes in our first tribal language, Kale (kah-lay).
Kelelwa Primary was the first school that was so remote.
(14/19) Recap 2021 - Teaching Philosophy
2021-12-26 | by Nelly Cheboi
We put our teaching philosophy to the test in 2021.
Having taught thousands of kids at this point, we are prepared to measure the outputs of our program.
(15/19) Recap 2021 - Largest Donation Yet
2021-12-27 | by Nelly Cheboi
Our largest donation ever was in August from Ibotta!
We found a new way to ship the laptops from Ibotta that was much cheaper than what we did in the past.
(16/19) Recap 2021 - Nelly Sugu's Fundraiser
2021-12-28 | by Nelly Cheboi
Nelly Sugu and JG did an awesome fundraiser for TechLit!
The 4x4x48 Challenge is to run 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours.
Not only did they finish, they collected donations to finish the headquarters.
(17/19) Recap 2021 - Code Your Dreams | Brianne Caplan
2021-12-29 | by Nelly Cheboi
Code Your Dreams teaches kids to use coding to transform their community.
Brianne Caplan, the founder of Code Your Dreams visited us in Kenya this year.