Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Explain your project in details:
We focus on children between age 7 to 18years and our slogan is "Equip the child,develop the world." Our main objectives include: 1) To facilitate personal development in children and adolescents. 2) To help children and adolescents develop their interpersonal skills so that they can form healthy relationships with their juniors,seniors and peers. 3)) To equip children and adolescents with life skills that will help them better cope with the challenges of life. 4)To help identify and nurture the talents of the children and adolescents. 5) To meaningfully engage the children and adolescents we have mentored to reach out to more children in the different communities. Our Activities include: 1) In school programs such as mentorship. 2) Out of school programs such as talent exploration,outdoor games. 3) Community outreach activities that bring people of one community together to voice out some of the negative behaviours among children that need to be eradicated. 4) Leadership forums held to capacity build the adolescents and young people who are coming in as volunteers in the organization. 5) Corporate social responsibility activity where we visit children in hospitals,remand homes and children homes to encourage them and share meals together. Some of the innovative approaches we use include but are not limited to: 1) Mentorship program - we have a 12 weeks structured program that helps children identify and develop their capabilities. 2) Talent exploration- we help children to identify and nurture their talents. 3) Motivational talk- we encourage children to pursue their dreams against all odds. 4) Counselling services- we provide psychological aid to children who are going through traumatic experiences.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Our achievements are: 1) We have reached out to over 1000 children and adolescents through in school and out of school programs. We measure this through the database that we have as it is always updated. 2) We managed to participate in young entrepreneurship forum held in Nairobi and we were selected among few other organizations to pitch our work to UNDP and deloitte firm which is one of the recognized accountancy firm in kenya. 3) We have so far worked with five institutions which include: children home,Nairobi children remand home,saints celebration church,grandstar school and children from Soweto slum. 4) Through our holiday events,we have managed to reach out to children in over 15 different schools. 5) We have trained 24 volunteers who help out in the organization. 6) We have 5 staff members who work in administration and programs as well as supervise the volunteers work. 7) Our organization is registered and has a functional structure. 8) We have Facebook fun page which has over 500 likes and followers. Our instagram fun page is also functional as well as our email address.
Sustainability and future plans
We have a functional structure and clear job description for all the volunteers in the organization .The core values that guide us are: respect for employees and clients,innovation,self drive,integrity and ethics. We focus on causing impact to our communities through the children as we believe they are the leaders of today. We hope to reach out to children both nationally and international. Financing sources include: 1) Selling of our services to potential clients - we charge an affordable rate to our clients who are able to pay for the service. 2) Fundraising - We fundraise amongst ourselves so as to reach out to children who are less fortunate and be a blessing to them through providing them with food and clothing. 3) Sponsors and investors- We participate in entrepreneurship competition activities in the light of getting sponsors or investors. 4) Business proposal writing - We engage in business proposal writings in order to get financial support. Our plans for future growth include but are not limited to: 1) Creating a website that will help us reach global market. 2) Branding and packaging of our services to best fit the upper class market. 3) Forming sustainable collaborations with other stakeholders in different institutions and organizations who will provide financial and technical support. 4) Reaching out to children in different counties through community outreach activities and providing mentorship programs.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is Mercy Muthoni Nzuki. I am 26 years of age. I am a final year student of Daystar university in Nairobi Kenya,pursuing Masters in Counselling Psychology. My undergraduate degree is in Development studies. I am passionate about children and adolescents . I believe my purpose for life is child empowerment. I thrive in work as I know I have to earn the right to be heard and in order to accomplish that,I need to succeed in life. I am very ambitious and love solving problems especially problems that deal with development. I love helping people realize their potential and develop themselves. I am a team player as I love interacting,developing and working with people. I truly believe in the famous quote of if you want to go fast go alone but if you want to go far go with people. I do not like mediocre work and strive to obtain an excellent spirit in every duty or responsibility I have. I am self reliant and committed to the course which I undertake .Just to give an example; I have been offering voluntary mentorship program to over 200 children in our church community since 2010. Moreover,I have great interest in the deaf community especially the deaf children .I offer interpretation and counselling service to them since I have skills in sign language interpretation. Lastly, I continuously build my capacity through learning online leadership courses and other courses that build my skills. My major motivation is making daily constant progress as it builds in greater success.