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Sep 03
2018

Matatus: A Symbol of Kenya’s Urban Youth?

Matatus fill the streets, blaring music as they bounce and weave through traffic. Each matatu is louder than the next, complete with graffiti-style artwork, custom designs, flashy lights and on-board entertainment to pull the crowds. Convenient, cheap and sometimes chaotic, matatus are the choice mode of transport for most Kenyan youth. Some people may argue that […]

Aug 27
2018

An Invisible Yet Devastating Killer

Kenyan writer Ted Malanda once quipped, “I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that depression is an illness… In fact, it is such a non-issue that African languages never bothered to create a word for it.” These words capture the general attitude by Kenyans, held as much by officials as by ordinary people, towards […]

Aug 10
2018

Providing Safe Spaces for Youth to Grow

Kenyans have hopes and dreams for the future; for its children, neighbouring countries, and the global community. These aspirations rest on the shoulders of the youngest generation. August 12, 2018 marks the 18th celebration of the U.N.’s annual International Youth Day with this year’s theme being ‘Safe Spaces for Youth’. This awareness day is a […]

Jul 25
2018

CNN Hero 2018 Nomination

The Alfred Polo Foundation was founded by Mr. Alfred Polo in 2011; who also serves as the foundation’s executive director. The main reason he founded this was to focus on human rights, children and youth rehabilitation, youth mentoring, youth economic empowerment, environment preservation and poverty eradication in Kenya. To that end, Alfred Polo Foundation has […]

Jul 05
2018

Launch of Water Tank at Mirogi Boys Secondary School

Youth empowerment can be done in many ways; and one of the ways that the Alfred Polo Foundation decided to do this was by improving the water situation at Mirogi Boys Secondary School. During our previous visit to the school, read about this visit here, we made a number of pledges to the school and one […]

Mar 28
2018

BOOK DONATION FROM MORAN PUBLISHERS

Statistics show that children who read, succeed. Reading and being read to at an early age not only increases success in the classroom, but in life. It develops critical thinking skills and creative imagination. Education and reading are highly valued in Kenya, and nearly every school in the country has a library. These libraries need […]

Mar 19
2018

Alfred Polo Foundation Visits Homa Bay Schools

On 9th March, 2018 we made a trip to Homa Bay county for a series of events. Among our entourage were two of our guest speakers: Carine Umutoniwase, Executive Director at Footprints For Change, and Ken Ogolla, a career administrator from the University of Nairobi. First on our stop was Manga Primary School where we […]

Oct 16
2017

Youth Contribution Towards Poverty Eradication

Despite being the largest economy in East Africa, a large percentage of Kenya’s population lives in absolute poverty, earning a meager KSh.100 a day. People around the country are involved in multiple occupations, ranging from formal jobs to the informal jobs. While there is certainly no lack of skilled labor in the country, there is […]

Mar 27
2017

Ryce East Africa Team Building Exercise

On 18th March 2017, the Alfred Polo Foundation organised and coordinated a team-building exercise for Ryce East Africa employees at the Serena Beach Hotel in Mombasa. The full day event was a creative combination and balance of both soft team building skills and processes spiced with a selection of great outdoor games and exercises that enabled […]

Dec 20
2016

Empowerement Through the Open Self Help Group

Over the Jamhuri weekend, the Alfred Polo Foundation got the honour of hosting the Open Self Help Group from Kangemi at a meeting which was held at the Highlands Platinum Restaurant. Key topics that emerged at this meeting included, but not limited to: financial management, investments and auditing techniques. With financial inclusion emerging as a major […]