ABOUT US

 

Violet Mbiti’s Bio

Hello, my name is Violet Mbiti, Co-Chair of Kenya Adolescent and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health Network. I am also the Founder of Violet Mbiti Foundation, Vijana Network International Ltd and the blog Youth County Projects Kenya.

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We do have a reason why we exist as an organization “Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is by offering quality projects and opportunities that will empower socially, economically and politically the lives of 16 million unemployed youth from the 47 counties in Kenya that we believe we will reach.Want to partner with us?

Violet Mbiti Foundation was awarded as 2017 December Organization of The Month by the continental newsletter “Network of African Youth for Development”. In June 2018, Violet Mbiti was awarded Diversity and Inclusion 1st Runners Up Outstanding Business Leader in Kenya Under 40. Her education background includes Masters of Science Degree in Project Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and a Minor Degree in Spanish from United States International University-Africa. Connect with her on Twitter: @mbitivioleta @youthprojects.  Facebook: Youth Projects Kenya: Email: violet.mbiti@gmail.com Visit: http://www.youthcountyprojectskenya.com

PROFILE

Violet Mbiti Foundation was awarded December 2017  NGO of the Month by a continental online newsletter  “Network of African Youths for Development”.

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Violet Mbiti was Awarded 1st Runners Up Diversity and Inclusion Outstanding Business Leaders in Kenya under 40 years

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Violet is on the left wearing a grey outfit

Accomplishments

  • Violet Mbiti was awarded The 1st Runners Up Diversity and Inclusion Outstanding Business Leaders in Kenya under 40 years. The award ceremony took place on June 29th 2018 at Safari Park Hotel.https://diarawards.com/2018-winners/
  • Violet Mbiti Foundation was awarded the December organization of the month in 2017 by a continental newsletter Network of African Youth in Development.
  • Violet Mbiti Foundation  was privileged to be selected as the host organization in Kenya by  UN Major Group for Children and Youth  tasked to  develop guidelines for working with and for young people in Humanitarian Settings.We carried it out in Bomet County while Norwegian Refugee Council collected the data in Daadab camp in Garissa County. The consultation also took place in Uganda,The Gambia,Malawi,Mali and Nigeria.
  • Vijana Network International Ltd youth from Kericho County Kenya and EQWIP Hubs youth from Zanzibar Tanzania engaged in a dialogue via skype with regard to entrepreneurship/employability.
  • Mentored youth on Entrepreneurship at the Amani People with Albinism Summit 2018 that brought together youth from various counties in Kenya,Cape Verde,Ethiopia and it took place in Meru County, Kenya.Our approach was both practical and theoretical where the youth came up with business ideas and taught them on how to develop their startups through different stages.
  • Violet has been elected as the Co-Chair of the Kenya Adolescent and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health Rights Network that brings together 36 youth led organizations from 12 counties in Kenya who are working on matters reproductive health. Violet Mbiti Foundation is a member of the network.Violet Mbiti Foundation empowers young girls and women with skills on how to make home-made reusable sanitary towels.
  • Violet Mbiti Foundation is collaborating with Mamaye.org to increase Family Planning Commodity Supplies in various health centers in Nairobi County through Advocacy. We are working in collaboration with the Nairobi County Department of Health and County Health Management Teams
  • Created jobs for 122 youth through a social enterprise in rural Kenya and Uganda by empowering them with skills on how to construct improved stoves thus reducing deforestation, unemployment and indoor air pollution. We have done it in two counties in Kenya namely Machakos County and Taita Taveta County and they were funded by GIZ Energy Development Programme and County Government of Taita Taveta respectively. In Uganda it was funded by Jangu V. The artisans have so far constructed 3,719 cookstoves and are earning USD 50 per cookstove constructed.As a result of the Improved Cookstove Project we initiated in Mbale Wundanyi Ward in Taita Taveta County, GIZ Energy Development Programme and County Government of Taita Taveta got into a partnership which will see 800 youth from 20 wards receive the training in the various vocational training centers in the various sub counties.
  • We approached the County Government of Machakos and they funded the establishment of a rural dam in Wamunyu Ward, Mwala Constituency, Machakos County. Construction is currently ongoing. The dam will benefit 25,000 households and will end the perennial water shortage in the area.
  • Violet Mbiti Foundation has carried out mobilization of youth in 13 counties in Kenya as part of Jiactivate which is a social movement by youth and for youth and it addresses matters Governance and Sexual Reproductive Health.
  • Negotiated and finalized contracts for provision of solar lanterns with Solataa Limited on behalf of Wamunyu on Time CBO situated in Machakos County.
  • We have been privileged to attend youth oriented forums and trainings in various countries namely Macedonia, Ethiopia, South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
  • We have been featured by various media houses namely DW Africa,KTN,NTV,KU TV,Standard Newspaper,Nation Digital platform and KBC Radio Taifa

Click on the links below to learn more

Here is a YouTube video recording with Honourable Thomas Mutinda,Member County of Assembly,Wamunyu Ward,Mwala Sub-County, Machakos County on the progress of the Water project in Wamunyu Ward,Machakos County ,Kenya
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VQXqsFSxCY

Cookstoves Project in Uganda
https://youthcountyprojectskenya.com/2017/07/13/scaling-our-social-enterpriseimproved-cookstove-regionally-to-neighbouring-uganda/

We are also partners in the JIACTIVATE youth movement.JIACTIVATE is a social movement by youth and for youth in Kenya.Click on the link below to learn more

https://youthcountyprojectskenya.com/2017/07/16/jiactivate-in-machakos-county/

 

Kindly find below areas we have been featured on social media

-We have been featured on German Global News Network DW Africa as well as on their news page .African Youth sent their message to G20 leaders who met from 10th July 2017 at a summit in Hamburg Germany.This was made possible at The 2017 Annual African Youth Conference organized by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Johannesburg,South Africa.Youth from various African Countries gave their views to the G20 Leaders.

 Article by DW Africa

Click on the link below to learn more

http://m.dw.com/en/young-africans-we-need-respect-and-equality/a-39525550

DW Africa TV link

Click on the link below to learn more

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1398325153582038&id=174528749295024&hc_location=ufi

-We have also been featured on NTV,KTN,Pwani TV and KU TV for the Improved Cookstove Project.

Click on the link below to learn more

 

Our Water Project is featured on YouTube.Click on the link below
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VQXqsFSxCY

Article on Daily Nation

 

Discussion on Sexual Reproductive Health with a special emphasis on Family Planning with Samson Mundia at KBC Radio Taifa awhile back#Violet Mbiti Foundation#Mamaye#Jaza Shelves Campaign#Evidence4Action#www.youthcountyprojectskenya.com
Feature on Radio

OUR PROPOSITION

  • Is to approach stakeholders working with youth who can partner with us to reach out to the 16 million youth in Kenya through various projects that will empower them socially,economically and politically

OUR SOLUTION

  • We have youth groups in the 47 counties  whom we serve
  • Initiate projects that empower the youth socially,economically and politically by collaborating closely with stakeholders working with youth
  • We have a blog& social media accounts through which we disseminate youth projects&opportunities taking place in the 47 Counties

CURRENT PARTNERS:

1.UN HABITAT Global Office-Establishment of One Stop Youth Resource Centers at the Counties in partnership with County Governments

2.County Governments-Promotion of Improved Cookstoves which reduces unemployment,deforestation and indoor air pollution

3.Adolescent and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health Network
We are among the youth organizations in the network

4.JIACTIVATE
Jiactivate is a social movement by youth and for youth and we work closely with Organization of Africa Youth Kenya and we have so far implemented the project in the following counties namely Nairobi,Machakos,Makueni,Kajiado,Muranga and Siaya.

5.International Republican Institute
Together with youth CSOs we are advocating for youth friendly Nairobi County Integrated Development Plan in conjuction with Nairobi County Executive and County Assembly

6.Social Impact Award International

Why Vijana Network International Limited and Violet Mbiti Foundation

We believe that our clients’ success is our success. We understand our clients business needs, we comprehend their business specific language. We live the way they live. We help our clients explore extraordinary opportunities, manage and sustain growth, and maximize revenue.

MY STORY

I had been unemployed for three years despite applying for jobs severally.I therefore decided that instead of waiting for the Government to help me,it would be better to start volunteering my skills.That is how i landed  at a Community Based Organisation based in Machakos.While volunteering i saw the negative impact brought by unemployment among the youth,deforestation and health problems caused by indoor air pollution .I therefore decided to start a social entrepreneurship venture termed the Improved Cookstove Project in Wamunyu Ward,Mwala Constituency,Machakos County.I got a donor who funded the initiative which saw 42 youth imparted with skills on how to construct improved cookstoves.The artisans constructed 119 jikos within a week in Wamunyu Ward and currently have constructed more than 1,000 jikos in Machakos County where they earn between Ksh 3,000 -Ksh 5000 per jiko (USD 30-USD 50).Due to the positive effect of the project i said it will be great if other youth and organizations could also showcase their life changing projects that are transforming communities.I was also frustrated with not getting news on time regarding proposed youth projects as well as information when youth events take place in the 47 counties in Kenya.

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Upon realising that gap I decided to start the blog “Youth County Projects Kenya” on October 12th 2015 which highlights youth projects and opportunities taking place in the 47 counties in Kenya being implemented by stakeholders working with youth.I also decided that I will initiate projects that will empower youth in the 47 counties in Kenya to eradicate unemployment as well as building them up socially,economically and politically.

A month later (that is in November 2015) we were invited to a high level meeting by International Monetary Fund who had convened 10 youth serving organizations from across Kenya.

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At IMF offices in Nairobi,Kenya

We also participated at UN Women meeting the same month of November 2015.As a result of initiating community projects some of which were interfered with by politics, I was selected to participate in the Political Leadership and Governance Program offered by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) where i graduated in December 2015 as a Fellow.

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In November 2015 I was selected as a Board Member of Hand in Hand Eastern Africa youth project that covers 22 counties in Kenya.In 2016,I participated as a judge in an entrepreneurship competition organized by Hand in Hand Eastern Africa that selected 4 winners who will travel to Sweden to pitch their ideas in May 2017.

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Young Entrepreneurs who participated as finalists at the competition

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Fellow judges at work

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Violet Mbiti critiquing some of the ideas

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2016 winners selected who will travel to Sweden in May 2017 to meet other successful entrepreneurs

I was invited as a panelist by the organisers of the African Union Heads of State and Governments Summit Youth Intergenerational Dialogue which took place in Addis Abbaba Ethiopia in January 2016.

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I am an arms length from Her Excellency Dr Dlamini Zuma Head of African Union Commission during the Heads of States and Governments Summit 2016

Thereafter organisations sought to partner with us and that is how we formed Vijana Network International Limited and Violet Mbiti Foundation.

We carried our research on unemployment and underemployment situation facing Kenyan youth in 16 counties in conjunction with Altan Consulting.I was selected as a judge by National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) to serve as a judge where we took part in selection of winners.

Violet Mbiti was selected by WECREATE Center Kenya to participate in a startup program which targets women entrepreneurs and is partially funded by US Government.Our training session lasted 15 weeks and we graduated in the Month of October 2016.

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Graduation ceremony at WECREATE Kenya in October 2016

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That memorable moment during WECREATE Kenya 1st Anniversary Celebration (2016) when I shared to US Ambasador to Kenya Amb Godec about our Vision for Kenyan youth towards achieving Vision 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals.

Violet Mbiti was among the 30 African Young Entrepreneurs selected to participate in a 4 day residential workshop organised by United Nations University Tokyo and Africa Development Fund. The workshop took place during The 6th Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD VI) 2016 which culminated with an address by The Minister of Youth,Gender Affairs and Public Service Mrs Sicily Kariuki as well the President of Africa Development Bank Dr Adesina.
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Violet Mbiti was also among the youth from 14 African Countries selected to participate in a 2 day workshop on Social Justice and Democracy organised by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung at Kunduchi Beach Resort in Dar es Salaam Tanzania in September 2016 and in June 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Violet Mbiti was also a delegate at the Global ICT Symposium organised by International Telecommunication Union and Communications Authority of Kenya in Nairobi in September 2016.Within the same month of September I travelled to Social Innovation Academy in Mpigi District Uganda on a benchmarking tour where they construct houses using Plastic Bottles,egg shells,tyres and polythene bags.I was also a panelist during the Social Media Week independent which took place in 4 cities Globally in September 2016.

d  Vijana Network International Limited in conjunction with Chanuka Association organized a Business Clinic in September 2016 which targeted young entrepreneurs who were facing challenges such as Branding,Social Media Marketing,Finance,Idea development among many other topics.

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In October,I attended the Road to Nairobi Multistakeholder forum where Cabinet Secretary Madam Sicily Kariuki was the Chief Guest alongside Ambassador to Netherlands Amb Frank Makken

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In December 2016,I attended the Second High Level Meeting for Effective Development Cooperation which took place in Nairobi ,Kenya.

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Delegates at HLM2

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At HLM2 Meeting

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With Youth County Projects Kenya Coordinators for Mandera and Garissa Counties at the closing ceremony of HLM2

CURRENT PARTNERS:

1.UN HABITAT Global Office-Establishment of One Stop Youth Resource Centers at the Counties in partnership with County Governments

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His Excellency Governor Ranguma Kisumu County,Cabinet Minister for Youth Hon Jennifer,Member County of Assembly Hon Caroline Owen,Doug Reagan Head UN Habitat Global Office Department of Youth and UN Habitat Staff at UN Gigiri where they had paid us a courtesy call regarding the One Stop Youth Resource Center.

2.County Governments-Promotion of Improved Cookstoves which reduces unemployment,deforestation and indoor air pollution

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Feature on Standard Newspaper
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His Excellency Governor Mruttu of Taita Taveta County during the Commission of the Improved Cookstoves Project in Mbale Wundanyi Ward where 166 jikos were constructed by 40 artisans within a period of one week.With him is Hon Mwongola,Member County of Assembly Mbale Wundanyi Ward and Hon Valerie,Nominated Member County of Assembly.The Project was funded by the County Government through the Ward Equalization Fund.

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His Excellency Governor Amoth Rasanga of Siaya County who we paid a courtesy call to at his office in Siaya to discuss an upcoming youth project.
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At His Excellency Governor Amoth Rasanga office where we paid him a courtesy call.

3. iAugmentor from India – we are working together to promote their technology enabled and learning platform in Kenyan Universities and Colleges which enables graduating youth to excel in interview skills for placement.

4.Global Peace Foundation Kenya-we are stakeholders in promoting peace ahead of the 2017 elections
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From Far Right:Daniel Juma Country Director Global Peace Foundation Kenya and Bishop James Murunga of Grace Fellowship Church Bungoma

5.Adolescent and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health Network
We are among the youth organizations in the network.

6.JIACTIVATE
Jiactivate is a social movement by youth and for youth.Research was carried out in the 47 counties where 2000 youth were interviewed by Geopoll and the results revealed Unemployment,Food Security,Health Care and Corruption are the major concerns for the youth.We thus partnered with Organization of African Youth,The Chair of JIACTIVATE,and reached out to youth in Machakos County who gave their views and Solution to the above problems.Youth in 37 counties  also gave their responses online and also via Sms.More than 100,000 youth gave their responses online

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7.Social Impact Award International

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TARGET MARKET

Primary Target:

Youth

Secondary Targets:

-Governors
-Lifestyle Companies
-NGOs
-National Government
-Donor Agencies
-Private Sector

 

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His Excellency Governor Mruttu with some of the trainees.

 

 

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Website: http://www.youthcountyprojectskenya.com

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20 thoughts on “ABOUT US”

  1. Great work Youths Project Kenya. I just saw your advert on the 2weeks Africa-Japan business women exchange course taking place in Japan.

    I fall into d category of Fashion textile and apparel business woman. I would like know how it work out for me seeing I’m in Nigeria and not Kenya and when is the deadline for application.

    Thanks

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  2. This is really inspiring.I am a 27 year old Cameroonian female and i started an organisation YEPA(Youths Eradicatig Poverty through Agriculture) to support and encourage youths to get into sustainable agriculture, and not the regular subsistence agriculture. A lot of youths are unemployed in my country as well, i have been a victim for a long time. So i decided to help young people. I am really inspired by Violet Mbiti.

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  3. Hae Violet?Am 18years old.I cleared high school last year and am waiting to join Jkuat to take control and instrumentation engineering on July.Am very good at motivational talks and I was hoping to join the youth movement .I was a delegate in the 54th and 55th national school leaders conference in 2015&2016 and also a secretary for the student council for transnzoia county and trans nzoia east subconty for two years

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