A Home to learn, earn & innovate
Empowering Africa's youth is one of the most pressing challenges facing the African continent today. The youth represent over 75% of the population and although many African countries are experiencing an economic boom, youth employment in Africa is at a crisis stage.
In the past decades, great strides have been made in providing access to education, but not much has been done to match this with providing equal access to employment.
While African youth are attaining higher education levels than ever before, 40 millions of people under the age of 25 are currently out of work. By 2050, they will be 400 million to be in need of sustainable employment.(Source: African Economic Outlook)
A Home to learn, earn & innovate
Our program is structured into three subsequent units: "Learning Lions" trains talented and motivated young adults with high value skills in the areas of programming, graphic design and media production.
The students from the educational program are then invited to stay on campus as trainees of "Digital Lions", our fair-trade IT-outsourcing agency. Here, they start working with international customers and gather hands-on business experience.
When the Lions feel confident in the contact with clients, the incubator "Startup Lions" provides them with the necessary funds and tools so that they can launch their own start-up and become economically independent.
local talents who received free training
impact workers' income increase
cumulative purchasing power injected in local economy
people lifted out of poverty
For the Last 5 years at startup lions, we have focused on empowering young people from very vulnerable backgrounds with very little or no opportunities for economic empowerment by creating and developing digital opportunities to young people who some of them have never touched or had access to a computer by enabling them to learn, earn and innovate.
As a result of this we have witnessed lives transformed, dependency ratio reduced and families are slowly increasing their incomes. This is what Startup is all about….the following are testimonials from some of our project beneficiaries
WEB DESIGNER AND IT COACH
Hi my name is Anna Wanjiku, am 22 years old from Lodwar. Before joining Learning Lions I wanted to attend college and study accounting, but due to family issues, it was not possible. I received an offer to join Learning Lions where I developed a passion for IT and web designing. I also got empowered through Tech Dada girls empowerment program. I am starting as an assistant teacher at Learning Lions and want to build my career in IT. By now I can support my family and myself. Thank you, Learning Lions!
Hi, I am Abraham Enomatt, 20, from Lodwar. I have always been passionate about computers. I wanted to be a video director and a photographer, but due to lack of school fees, I never went to college. I have just joined the Learning Lions Advanced Training as a programmer, though I still practice photography and filming which I love. Ideally, I would like to make a living as a software engineer. I hope Learning Lions continues in Turkana to help improve young peoples’ lives, like it did mine. Thank you!
Hi, I am Joan Awour, 20, from Kisumu but raised and went to school in Lodwar. Growing up I always wanted to be a nurse, but one day my dream changed when I saw my uncle using a computer. When I got the opportunity of joining Learning Lions, I was very excited. I learned both technical and soft skills. Now I want to be among the best web designers in the world. From a shy girl to a confident lady I thank Learning Lions and Tech Dada - the girls empowerment program at Learning Lions. Thank you for the opportunity!
FRONT-END DEVELOPER, PHOTOGRAPHER AND IT COACH
My name is Mourine Apuu, I am 24 years old and I am from Lodwar. Growing up in Turkana as a young woman and a mother is not so easy but I had my dreams of one day empowering my fellow ladies in my community through education. I had lost hope when I could not afford to finish school. I was lucky to join Learning Lions. I went through the intensive 3 months training at the centre and gladly joined the Learning Lions Advanced Training as an assistant teacher in digital photography, web design and music production. Thank you!
GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND IT COACH
Hi my name is Derrick Nginya, am 25 years old from Lodwar. A few years ago I was not sure about my future but I loved graphic design, since I could not afford to go to school I decided to join Learning Lions program after I passed the interviews. At the centre I loved graphic design classes and I learned a lot in the entire course. I want to be a great graphic designer in Kenya, currently I am an assistant IT coach and I am grateful to Learning Lions for helping me realize my dreams. Now I am sure of my future!
Hi, I’m Kevin Nakwawi from Lodwar, 23. I am passionate about graphic design and music. At Learning Lions I used software that helped change my interest into skills. I later joined the Advanced Training to specialise in graphic design, and now am in an environment that helps me practice. Later I want to start my own business in graphic design and music production. Learning Lions has helped young people to be a part of a good course and avoid idleness and engaging in crimes. Thank you, Learning Lions!
Hi, I am Eric Otieno, 31 from Lodwar. I had always enjoyed drawing before I joined Learning Lions. My views on design then changed and I developed an interest in 3D Design. Learning how to use the creative software Blender was cool because I got to create my designs from scratch. In the future, I want to be a great 3D animator and create my own advertising company. I will be forever grateful to Learning Lions for the skills and opportunity they gave me. By now I see a bright future after having lost so much hope and time!
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