Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Njeri ,27, graduated with a degree in accounting. Unemployed and living with her mother in Embu, she was so frustrated with her situation. Like many Kenya Deaf youth, she was unable to find a job, citing companies won’t consider her application not because she lacks the qualification, but merely because she has a hearing impairment. She joined DESK. Through DESK’s support, she received access to work placement. With job experience, within 6 months she was able to secure a job as an Accountant with a Company. This job has led to her economic empowerment. As a role model, Njeri mentors other Deaf youth, encouraging them to work hard, stay motivated and hope for a better future, as well as encouraging other employers to join the scheme.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
DESK has been legally registered as a not-for-profit entity in 2013. Over 15 employers have received disability equality and knowledge on the skills and capabilities of Deaf people in Embu County. Over 5 employers have committed to recruiting Deaf youth. DESK has created awareness of disability and employment with 7 Government Departments. DESK has gathered information on 73 deaf youth with a qualification to be employed and created more than 10 jobs in Embu County. This job experience instills confidence and offers Deaf youth hope for a future of economic empowerment. DESK aims to scale to 21 Counties throughout Kenya, gathering information of qualified Deaf individuals to inform advocacy and enable matching of Deaf people with placements/employment opportunities, creating over 1000 jobs and training over 500 employers on equality, skills and capabilities of Deaf people by 2022.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
DESK plans to carry out a countywide research to map qualified Deaf persons searching for employment. We plan to develop stronger partnerships with employers and training providers and thus facilitate the matching of qualified individuals with work placements and employment opportunities. We also plan to carry out advocacy with Kenya employers, including the National and County governments, to commit to having a quota of Deaf people on the staff in meaningful roles. Every year we anticipate to aide over 200 qualified Deaf individuals to successfully progress into work placements /employment