OUR STORIES

We are committed to amplifying the voices of young women innovators, and providing them the space to share their own stories. Here’s what the Dadas in our programs are up to.

WHEN WOMEN LEAD

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MENTORSHIP THAT MATTERS

Alumnae, Sharon Kate Ng’anga shares her inspiring journey with Akili Dada from secondary school all the way to forging a career in television.She also speaks on the role that mentors have played in her life and why she has chosen to be a mentor too.

MARIA OMARE – ACTION FOUNDATION

Maria Omare, Founder and Executive Director of the Action Foundation speaks on her journey with Akili Dada

UNCEASING EXCELLENCE – MARTHA NJERI CHUMO

Watch a video of our alumnae Martha Njeri Chumo on the strides she has made in her life on our #DecadeOfImpact series.
A self-starter, she founded the Nairobi Dev School at the age of 19. Martha was nominated for the 2014 Anzisha Prize and recently met up with

LEADERSHIP BEGINS WITH EDUCATION

We asked alumna of Akili Dada’s scholarship program Josephine, what education and Akili Dada mean to her. As you watch, imagine how differently things could have turned out if we had missed the opportunity to bring Josephine into the Akili Dada sisterhood.

DEAF EDUCATION IN KENYA

Akili Dada Fellow, Gloria Njoki, partners with schools for deaf students to supplement their formal education. The program uses club platforms to facilitate capacity building in three key life skills: sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR), leadership and academic performance. The project seeks to cultivate knowledge and skills in deaf children to boost their self-esteem and improve their academic performance.

MUSIC. COMMUNITY. SCHOLARSHIP.

Akili Dada Scholar, Janis, share her experience of performing at the Kenya National Music Festival and implementing community service projects at home.

TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY

Njeri was first introduced to computers as an Akili Dada scholar. She has since graduated and is has used her gap year to launch a computer programming school in Nairobi. To learn more and support her project, visit: http://www.indi– egogo.com/projects/nairobi-dev-school

SISTERHOOD AND DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD

Akili Dada Alumnae, Michelle Buyaki, shares her thoughts sisterhood in celebration of 2014 International Day of the Girl Child!

BUILDING BRIDGES TO SOCIAL CHANGE

As part of the Young Change Makers Programme, each scholar receives a seed grant for their community project, as a gateway to making change in their community. See what Elyne did with hers…

SOLAR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

In Kisumu District, Kenya, women are creating a culture of clean energy through entrepreneurship. Caroline Odera, and Akili Dada fellow, champions this project…