#media lab & recording studio
The Mukuru Kwa Njenga youth technology resource center, designed for Slums
Information Development Resource Center (SIDAREC)
<http://www.sidarec.org/>will give local residents access to the
internet, computer and technology
training, health clinic services, early childhood development programs and a
As part of the centers' long term economic sustainability program the center
has a community bakery and a radio station, media lab and recording studio.
The youth run radio station, Ghetto 99.9 FM, broadcasts to more than 650,000
local residents, giving a voice to the community.
During the planning phase for the new center, a fire destroyed SIDAREC's
previous radio tower and studio. The team modified the overall plan to
include a completely new studio and launched an incremental "Raise the
Radio" fund-raising campaign to ensure the entire community center opens as
scheduled. Currently we are 80% funded to complete the project and we hope
to complete funding before we finish major construction
"In Mukuru slums, all the ingredients that work in unison to perpetuate
poverty are present. Unemployment amongst women and youth is predictably
high, inaccessibility to quality education, drug abuse, high prevalence of
disease, especially STIs and HIV/AIDS, are some of the challenges
characterizing this community," said George Onyango, project administrator,
SIDAREC. "This has created a state of hopelessness where the community lacks
motivation to improve the standard of living. This upcoming project will
address some of these challenges by providing a platform for information
dissemination, access to technology and opportunities, thereby increasing
employment for youth and women. It will open opportunities for young people
to explore their talents and enhance skill for sustainable development."
SIDAREC, the project's community partner, is a Nairobi youth development
organization whose mission is to help community members access greater
economic and social opportunities. This new community center expands and
strengthens the organization's current community service.
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