2021 Recap

by Tyler Cinnamon on Jan 1, 2022

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
01 Nelly Cheboi Tyler Cinnamon Shipping Refurbished Computers

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
02 Nelly Cheboi Packing Old Laptops For Reuse

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
03 Children Excited Repurposed Macbooks For Education

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
04 Forbes 30 Under 30 Nelly Cheboi Sharing Technology With Young Student

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
05 Tyler Cinnamon Techlit Founder Refurbishing Used Pc Towers

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
06 Founder Nelly Cheboi At Techlit Computer Class Kenya

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
07 Techlit Brand Ambassador Dogo Flower And Educators

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
08 Nelly Cheboi Techlit Remote Work Class Kenyan School

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
09 Primary School Students Learning Tech Basics

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
10 Mogotio Running Club Nelly Cheboi Mount Longonot Summit

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
11 Zawadi Preparatory Students Four Floor Zawadi Yetu

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
12 Techlit Africa Primary School Students Using Refurbished Laptops

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
13 Nelly Cheboi Rural Africa Classroom Tech Skills Class

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
14 Students Cooperating Coding Mit Scratch Techlit Class

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
15 Techlit Nelly Cheboi Tyler Cinnamon Balancing Shipping Box

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
16 Nelly Sugu Social Entrepreneur Posing

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
17 Brianne Bri Caplan Code Your Dreams Students Coding Apps

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.


(18/19) Recap 2021 - Forbes 30 Under 30 | Nelly Cheboi

2021-12-30 | by Nelly Cheboi
18 Nelly Cheboi Forbes 30 Under 30 Celebration

Nelly is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree now! In January this year, we were recognized by Forbes for our impact in Kenya.


(19/19) Recap 2021 - We Reached Ten Computer Labs in Kenyan Schools

2021-12-31 | by Nelly Cheboi
19 Rural Africa Primary School Students Celebrating Digital Skills Classes

We met our 2021 goal by the end of July. We reached thousands of kids in Kenya, and our team grew to 20 full-time educators. Now we're preparing for 2022.