The Building Bridges Foundation is an international not-for-profit organization. The mission is to foster youth-led solutions from the grassroots in order to contribute towards the effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The team behind Road to Nairobi 2016 taking a picture with the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Public Service,Youth and Gender Affairs Madam Sicily Kariuki together with H.E Frank Makken Ambassador to The Kingdom of Netherlands.
The first project of the Building Bridges Foundation aimed at bringing the voice of young people from all walks of life to the United Nations. More importantly, a youth network that covers three continents and twenty-one countries was created and will now be actively involved in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Road to Nairobi 2016 Kenyan Ambassador Kelvin Macharia addressing participants during the multistakeholders forum held in Nairobi
The project reached out to over 15 million people online, was discussed in the UN Security Council and broadcasted on national TV in more than eight countries. Key to the first project and the Building Bridges Foundation in general, is the multi- stakeholder approach that brings together youth organisations, governments, NGO’s, UN entities, media and the private sector.
Founder of Youth County Projects Kenya and Vijana Network International Violet Mbiti taking a photo with the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Public Affairs,Youth and Gender Affairs Madam Sicily Kariuki and Kenyan Ambassador for Road to Nairobi 2016 Kelvin Macharia
We believe that only by working together with all stakeholders, we can achieve a more just, sustainable and equal world in 2030. The Building Bridges Foundation embarked on its second project called Road to Nairobi 2016. The project connected young entrepreneurs and local change makers in eight African countries with a mission to foster youth employment.
The winner of the entrepreneurship competition was awarded a trip to Sweden to showcase her Pad Haven initiative which seeks to train convicts on how to manufacture reusable pads for sale.
An entrepreneur showcasing his Briquette initiative
Briquettes ready for sale
Alex the entrepreneur who constructed a helicopter using locally available materials.It flew for 200 meters and was purchased by Moi University to train aviation students.
The Building Bridges team consisting of African and European youths conducted field visits to young entrepreneurs; In Kenya they met with local youth organizations and conversed with 10 young entrepreneurs from all walks of life they meet on the road.
At the end of each country visit multi-stakeholder events are organized to present real life case studies and to propose better policies to increase the youth employment rate.