From March 22nd to March 26th, Close the Gap and more than 20 of its partners travelled to Nairobi, Kenya for a learning journey on Digital 4 Development & Innovation:
Computers for Schools Kenya, WEEE Centre and UNEP
March 22nd – The first stop of the day was at Close the Gap’s service partner in Kenya, Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK) and the WEEE Centre. The full teams welcomed our guests, and explained the aim, work and results of CFSK and WEEE Centre. All partners were impressed, especially when witnessing all the hard work with their own eyes.
In the afternoon, the group visited the UN Campus in Nairobi, and attended a meeting with representatives from UNEP, – Mr. Naysán Sahba, Director of the division of communications and public information at UNEP, and Ms. Samantha Le Royal, Client Service account Manager – to discuss about UNEP’s work related to e-waste, and the challenges in Africa and more specifically in Kenya.
In the evening, the Ambassador of Belgium Roxane de Bilderling welcomed our group and some additional guests such as the Ambassador of the Netherlands Frans Makken, and Trade Commissioner Ivan Korsak amongst others, in her residence for a cocktail reception. This was the perfect occasion to discuss with guest from the UN, guests from the Belgian Embassy as well as the partners of Close the Gap and WorldLoop. All the guests enjoyed this unforgettable evening!
Pumwani Maternity Hospital, Aga Khan Hospital & Ushirika Secondary School
March 23rd – Our dear friend and member of Close the Gap’s Board of Recommendation, Marleen Temmerman, hosted an inspiring visit to the Pumwani Maternity Hospital and the private Aga Khan Hospital. Those two inspiring visits showed the importance for ICT 4 Health, and the need for technology in the health sector.
After that interesting morning, the group went to Dandora, where Close the Gap and its guests inaugurated the computer lab of the Ushirika Secondary School. The lab has 20 desktops, recently donates by Close the Gap. Dr. Evans O. Kidero, Governor, Nairobi City County Government, was also part of the ceremony of inauguration. This visit was particularly enlightening for our partners, as they witnessed the importance for kids to have access to a computer, and how much happiness and joy it can bring. This was a tremendously emotional afternoon for all our guests!
Workshop: Digital for Development & Innovation
March 24th – The morning of Friday, March 24th was dedicated to an inspiring workshop on Digital for Development. Close the Gap invited several entrepreneurs of different innovative initiatives on Digital for Development.
Sam from Nailab, Tonee from Kytabu, Nivi from BRCK and Leah from Postbank, a partner of Childfinance inspired all our guests with their initiatives. They talked about innovation, potential of youth, co-creation and access to ICT!