What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)
Access to technology, Access to education/training, Access to economic opportunity, Policy change/advocacy.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Our Kisa Project is now in its third year, and has more than doubled its program budget since the project’s inception in 2010. Initially, the Kisa Project served 20 girls, who graduated in 2012. In 2011, the program expanded to include 66 new girls, who will graduate in 2013. And we have added 132 new girls in 2012. Currently, Kisa is partnered with nine schools in Arusha, and we presently have 218 Kisa Scholars, who will mentor groups of 15 to 20 other girls from their home communities, thereby reaching a projected total of 3,270 to 4,360 additional girls. Impact of the Kisa Project includes: (1) Within four months of the Kisa Project’s launch, Kisa Scholars started their own small-scale social business to teach computer skills to women and students; (2) A Kisa Scholar was one of only five women selected to participate in a U.S. State Department-sponsored leadership training program in the USA; (3) AfricAid has installed five low cost computer labs serving over 3,000 students.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
AfricAid’s long-term goal is to expand the Kisa model across Tanzania and East Africa by 2015 so the program has the capacity to serve a total of 1,000 teenage girls at any given time, with 500 new girls entering the program each year. AfricAid projects the program will eventually reach over 15,000 young girls via our Kisa Scholars mentoring 15 to 20 girls each within their home communities. AfricAid plans to install an additional 29 computer labs by 2014, and expand Kisa into a total of 32 schools, thereby increasing the number of girls graduating from secondary school and entering university and the workforce. Since AfricAid views the program as “an investment in their lives,” we provide our graduates with a stipend to teach Kisa lessons to other girls, creating a ripple effect.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
We do not anticipate any barriers to the success of the project other than the challenge of continuing to obtain increased foundation and corporate funding. We are submitting foundation and corporate grants, while growing and cultivating our individual support base. AfricAid operates the Kisa Project with the support of the Ministry of Education and, one of our Tanzanian board members is the Honorable Dr. Augustine Mahiga, the former Tanzanian Ambassador to the United Nations. The Kisa Project helps to further the achievement of several important objectives established by the Tanzanian government. Among its educational goals, the Tanzania Ministry of Education has established the expansion and improvement of girls’ education, especially at the A level,as one of its principal objectives.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
To partner with an additional 16 schools in 2013, add 240 new girls to Kisa, and install computer labs in those schools.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
To partner with an additional 6 schools in 2014 to achieve a total of 32 schools, add 480 new girls and add computer labs.