* By Joy Zawadi – Impact Manager, Akili Dada, Photo credits Njeri Macharia
It’s been argued that finding the balance between doing what you love and loving what you do is a myth. That one’s day job is just that … a job. Well I stand to attest to the fact that you can find that balance. What’s more is that I found an organization that challenges me to step out of my comfort zone and a team of colleagues that inspire me to do better.
Yes, I work with a team of women trail blazers who take their work very seriously and bring 100% to they work they do. All the time. Everyday. A group of women who are focused on learning, growing and pulling each other up while they are it. It’s for this reason that I remain thrilled to be part of Akili Dada. And it’s this spirit of learning and growing that pushed my colleagues (Veronica and Purity) to take back the learnings from a knowledge management for development workshop to help us take our work to the next level.
We undertook what i’d like to call a knowledge excursion to reflect on how far Akili Dada has come in its 10 years of existence. And most importantly allowed us to take stock of the knowledge we contribute to the world of girls and young women’s empowerment as we continue to create opportunities and curve out spaces for emerging young women leaders.
A decade of impact.
What started as one woman’s resolve to transform the lives of girls on the continent has blossomed into a movement with a truly African footprint. It takes a whole lot of hard work, commitment and passion all driven by a machine of phenomenal and inspiring women. These women make a concerted effort to do outstanding work. Work that gives back and whose results re-energize and keep us motivated to do more and do better. As we undertook our knowledge excursion we found clarity in what we bring to the table of development. It is engrained in Akili Dada’s DNA – innovation, passion and leadership. The secret ingredients if you’d like, that set our work apart and makes our programing for girls and young women impactful and sustainable.
So as I celebrate Akili Dada and the women behind the work allow me to share their thoughts on what they celebrate about our work. #AkiliDada@10.