What has been the impact of your solution to date?
There has been a marked decrease of the children coming from the slums going in the streets; their has been competition among the children to do well in school to go to a good high school; many children has been like mentors, espcially when they ask social workers to go and visit homes of their peers who have family problems. This shows they care about each other. The fact that they bring other children in the centres to play and learn with others shows they empathise with the situations of what other children leave in, but would do well to encourage them to visit the centre for support. With the help of microenterprise project, many children has been able to keep their children in school and even pay up to secondary level. In 2009, 40 children in Pumwani slums studying in different primary schools got over 400 marks in National examination. This was the first time any child in this slums ever got 400 marks. The much they have gone was 250 marks out of 500.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
We project the following:
An increase of number of children doing well in primary school as a result of given a head start in education. We expect 300 children to score above 400 marks.
Number of increased children attending Early childhood education in the slums, and good performance because of children attending schools early in their age.
Competition among the children, that enable them to perform well in schools as a result of reading materials available through SIDAREC mobile library and community centres with library facilities.
Improved earning by mothers, enabling children to finish their education.
Reduced number of children going to the streets to beg or loiter in the streets because their parents can not afford them shelter, education, clothing and food.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
The slums SIDAREC operates in are huge, with populations ranging from 70,000 - 1.1 miliion people. Its not easy to help everyone, and so managing the expectation of everyone. To manage this number & expectation, we partner with others and refers them where we cannot help.
The other issue is funding. SIDAREC is a small organisation that is trying to reach out to many people with little resources we have.
SIDAREC has resource centres. Already, these centres have no space when one come late for the services we have like library, Computer training and internet services. There are those who come as early as 7am and leave at 7pm so that they dont loose space. To do this, we have allocated time schedule that one can be at the centre to allow others to access the facilities.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
We intend to work with primary schools and Nairobi City Council to achieve the listed tasks.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Increased number of children attending schools as a result of their peers urging, reducing children loitering in the estates.
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
When we started SIDAREC, we were just young people trying to find our way out. We did not have anyone to look up to as role models. Because of poverty, many young people ended up in bad companies, robing and stealing from people. These were the 'role' models of many children growing up in the slums. For those kids, going to the streets was another option. We wanted to be different, and so started SIDAREC. The first project was ECD to have children not in the streets join and recieve education. We were written off as 'what can these young people we have seen growing up here with us do that even the government has not been able to do? We proved everyone wrong. 15 years down the line, 3 pre-schools have been constructed, with over 8,000 children passing through the program. 200 of these children have ended up in presitigious high schools like Starehe Boys, most of whom could have been in the streets or mugging if it were not for this program.