Background Information

Above picture taken during the design thinking at Amani Institute, Nairobi Kenya were our project was selected as a case study.

Above picture taken during the design thinking at Amani Institute, Nairobi Kenya were our project was selected as a case study.

We see a problem in our society, where many young people from the ages of 16yrs to 30yrs face a lack of opportunities to develop their personal skills to the best possible degree they want. What we see, is a school system mainly driven by the preparation for employment, focusing on the relevant skills to fulfill employers need – while the development of personal skills and interests in art (like painting, photography, dance, sport, music etc) is not part of the core curriculum. This situation leaves young people, who wish to dig deeper into these fields, alone and without support on their journey of exploring and utilizing their skills and talents for prosperity.

What we see, is an environment mainly defined by very low financial income and chances to increase these incomes. This has its consequences in the offered quality of schools and other supporting bodies, which are also depending on the same financial cash flow in order to provide a full service, holistic education.

What we see, are many young out on the streets, just “hanging out”, getting in touch with, from our perspective, negative influencing factors like violence, drugs, tribalism as a method for them to express themselves, to get the feeling of being accepted, to get the sense of belonging to a peer group or other social groups. In addition, we see a lack of, again in our perspective, positive role models, who can help young people to find their way, discover their inner strength and desire at an early stage to influence their personal development in a positive way.

Above described causes form the foundation and starting point in our project to move further. But beside to them, we also see some other relevant root causes, which we at least want to note down and consider them as we move forward in helping create a more sustainable community.

There is also a historical dimension in the root causes, all the above mentioned systems have their history and have been designed and implemented with the best intentions of the responsible bodies and/or persons – therefore  need to be considered. It was implemented by people, so we as people of another generation can change them to the “better”.

There is a general lower acceptance and value seen in areas of art and sport since our current society seems to be primarily money and value driven – it you can´t put a value to it, it seems to be less relevant than others.

Our mission is to develop young positive change-makers in informal settlements in Kenya who will inspire and trigger more sustainable communities through the use of skills and talents for prosperity. We aspire to mentor self-confident young people who inspire positive social change in the society using their talents and skills.