Community Projects

Tutu Fellows Infographic

In order to be awarded the Tutu Fellowship, participants are required to complete three assignments, one of which is a community project in keeping with the servant leadership tenet that underpins the programme. The community project is how the Tutu Associates, individually or collectively, can start to make a difference in Africa while still on the programme. The scope of the project is deliberately left broad, to encourage innovative thinking, and allow Fellows to apply their skills where they would be most beneficial to the broader community and how they would most like their input to benefit Africa. This section showcases some community projects, from over the years, captured as mini case studies to illustrate the impact the Tutu Fellows are making.

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Agricultural project for disenfranchised youth in Kenya

In one of the most troubled counties in Kenya, 2017 Tutu Fellow Samuel Kariuki has launched a project called Fort Hall Eye.  Located two hours from Nairobi, Murang’a County is one of Kenya’s more densely populated rural districts. Historically, the county was a leading coffee producer, accounting for the bulk of Kenya’s world famous Arabica exports. However, mismanagement has led to a decline in the county over the last two decades, with a majority of farmers, often small-holders, abandoning the crop and resorting to subsistence farming. The resulting increased poverty levels over the last 20 years has had a significant impact on the social fabric.  The Fort Hall Eye Project is an agro-entrepreneurship program coupled with micro-loans for vocational training offering skills training and mentoring, starting with a 15-acre farm being used as a kind of live incubator.

 

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Career Guidance Initiative in Under-Resourced Schools in Kenya

Ramani Life Group is a community-based organization registered in Kenya in 2016 to offer career guidance in under-resourced secondary schools. The mission of Ramani Life Group is: “To inspire students from under-resourced secondary schools by collaborating with teachers and parents; and mobilizing resources, to transform their lives and communities.”

 

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Coding boot camp for bank female employees

In 2017, Tutu Fellow Andiswa Bata launched a coding boot camp for female employees within ABSA bank called Code.it. The objective was to encourage more females to join the technology revolution by equipping them with basic coding skills and allowing them to get exposure to projects within the bank’s digital and data teams. Fifteen women took part in the pilot program in which participants could earn a Python basic programming certification. 

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Digital skills and citizens’ digital rights

2007 Tutu Fellow Gbenga Sesan’s Tutu Fellowship community project has evolved over the years into his life’s work. He started it as Ajegunle.org, and now, more than a decade later it is the Paradigm Initiative.  The programme saw its beginnings in Nigeria, but has gone on to becoming pan-African in scope, offering digital policy to nation states, with funders that include Google, the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Paradigm Initiative is a non-profit social enterprise that builds Information and Communications Technology-enabled support systems and advocates for digital rights in order to improve the livelihoods of underserved young Africans. Its digital inclusion programs train young people from underserved communities in digital skills, so they can be connected to opportunities in the digital economy. Some examples are trainees like Famous Onokurefe who is now a Senior Associate at KPMG Nigeria and Esther Olatunde, a Product Engineer at Intercom.

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Pathway to parity programme

Dr. Angela Gichaga from Kenya is a 2019 Tutu Fellow and the CEO of Financing Alliance for Health. Her Tutu Fellowship Community Project, Pathway to Parity, is a leadership development programme that aims to address the root causes of young women’s under-representation in decision-making. The programme leverages a three-pronged approach and inculcates a core component of mentorship and coaching. It’s three pillars are (i) building the pipeline (ii) Equipping the high potential women and (iii) Creating the space.

 

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Readying young graduates for the workplace

Zimbabwe’s universities, like others in Africa, are churning out thousands of graduates each year.  Of the few that manage to secure employment, employers often complain that they  lack the necessary skills and are not work-ready.  

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