Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
1-Deaf Human rights Project: Through this project, 100 young Deaf people(50% women) were empowered to claim their rights to actively participate in mainstream community gained enough confidence to play their role of self-advocacy to challenge injustice and discriminative practices among communities and key stakeholder group (30 police officers, 40 teachers, 21 lawyers and community leaders sensitized on the rights of Deaf people to participate in democratic processes
2-Deaf Youth Enterprise Project:Through this project, 13 Deaf youth were trained on how to manage a self-employment economic activity. 8 of them, successfully set up their own micro-enterprises.
3-Public awareness on deafness and inclusion: Through this project, deaf awareness raised on the plight of deaf people in the community, 70 deaf youth educated on their rights, 10 stakeholder groups educated on the capabilities of Deaf people to work, and 2 qualified persons gained formal employment
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
Recognizing the necessary of community support and investment, DESK is working with the following key partners to achieve the objectives:
1-National Council for Persons with Disabilities: DESK's stronger partner since 2013 who for this initiative is providing DESK with an advocacy capacity building volunteer, who support the advocacy component of the project.
2-National Employment Bureau and Ministry of Labour: DESK's stronger partner since 2014 who for this project is willing to provide expertise and guidance in employment issues. Through Kenya Federation of Employers, DESK is able to access employers directly.
3-Karen Technical Institution for the Deaf is providing DESK information on Deaf students pursuing vocational training and those who have gained a qualification.
4-Machakos Teacher College and The Foundations College, the only training service providers training a small number of deaf teachers to become teachers, are committed to providing data on deaf teachers in training and those who have recently graduated