YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship 2014 Cohort Impact Video

YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship 2014 Cohort Impact Video

Ramadhani: I live in
the coastal part of Kenya whereby education is
not taken seriously. I was in enrolled in a
mentorship program that is supported by USAID, and in
the mentorship program I got a chance to engage with my mentor
who gave me a chance and to be able to think on a solution to
solve that particular problem. Learning resources has been
a very big challenge, and the problem is resources are very
scarce and very expensive. I was able to come up with that
program giving students tablets, 7″ color tablet that they can
be able to reach into the Cloud, be able to pull resources
like storybooks, mathematics, science, English, they can be
able to pull them up and read them, both offline and in online mode. Passy: I got the chance to
participate in the Africa based internship at the Panzi Hospital. For me, it was really important
to work closely with women, sufferers of sexual and
gender-based violence. Through my internship, I created
a center, a professional center. We’re trying to empower women. Mfonobong: Microsoft and my
organization have partnered on an employability portal
to upskill young people and to connect them with jobs. So after the internship time,
we have still a partnership where they call me on the things I’m
skilled at to do and I go to them on the initiatives I know
that Microsoft can help with. Williams: In Africa, a lot of the
public health problems we have, have very simple solutions
that we easily miss. During my internship, I realized
that technology can address some of these challenges. One of my roles was to develop a
concept paper on how to transfer data from an ultrasound machine
where a doctor can have access and help a mid-wife
in a rural community. I worked with GE Healthcare to
develop these particular concepts. Nketso: After working on the
Leadership Development Plan, it gave me clear goals and guidelines. It gave me the confidence and
the structure to go ahead and implement the plan that I always
had to become a media entrepreneur, to take control of my
life, to do things my way. Clara: The most significant
change in me was what I had to learned in the process of writing
my leadership development plan. I have been a youth
activist on paper, silently; I have never come out in the open. My LDP made me make commitments
to myself, my community, the whole of Africa, and the world
at-large to be the best that I can be. Roseline: I have learned a lot
from the Advisory Board members. Our practical and
inclusive way of working. Today I’ve gained more
confidence and self-esteem. Sani: I was elected as the West
African regional board member. So after this I can say I have
this opportunity, I have these people that are so confident
in me that they can give me this responsibility to
represent 21 countries. It is the first time that young
people like me have this position. Tafadzwa: I took a trip to
Mauritius in February where I was attending a workshop
discussing around the importance of ICTs with people with disabilities. Coming back, this had a
huge impact on my project. I went to three cities in
Zimbabwe and I trained a total of 31 visually impaired
people on the use of computers. So this is to enable them to
access opportunities, to enable for them to do research and enable
them to also access information. Abbigal: The most important part
of the Fellowship to me was when I received the Speaker Travel Grant. My organization, myself, and the
work that I do in my community gained more visibility. Irene: The impact of the travel
grant infiltrated into various layers of not only myself
but the project as a whole and hopefully contributing
towards a movement. Abbigal: It is also through the
Speaker Travel Grant that I also had access to participate
to UN Women’s third launch of their Fund for Gender Equality. And this is a global call. And again, at this platform of
shared work of what women are doing in Bingas; issues such as fishing and
fish farming, breaking new barriers, breaking new ground, breaking
cultural barriers that have confined women into the
private sphere for a long time. Naseyian: So going to YALI gave
me a chance to just focus and focus in terms of what is this
one thing that I can do that would bring a ripple effect
in terms of development that we have a need for that; if I do this one thing
then a lot of change will happen within the community that I hope to see
in the community. And working with the Leadership
Development Plan helped me focus and say this is the
one thing that I can do. We are building the women
microfinance and the financial knowledge in terms of just best seek
out how to do you keep your books, how do you serve and how do
you even start small businesses to increase economy. It has become everything
that I do is focused on women. Roseline: Today I’m more likely
to stand up and talk to girls about what were my mistakes
and how I have learned from that and how I am a different person today. Williams: I had to learn again, how
do I develop a technology like this. I had to change and rediscover
myself and my purpose in life. Sani: People are trying to say,
“Who are these young people?” Because in our context, when
you are young and also when your organization are young, people
don’t trust you and people try to say, “No, you are too young to
do this and who are you?” So I think it is not about who
are you but it is about who or what you are doing and if
you believe in your commitment I think nothing can
be impossible for you.

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