Employability; only skin deep…?

In February 2016, I had the honor of being invited to facilitate a session on Employability Skills for Women and Girls with Albinism and mothers of children with albinism; based off our work with Huu’wezo increasing employment for women and girls with disabilities. This opportunity was provided by Under the Same Sun, a Canadian based…

To Making 2016 Count!

Happy New Year! Warmest Greetings to you, I trust you had a good start to the year and that this finds you well and in good health. My heartfelt thanks for the opportunity to work together in 2015, and to our continued partnership in advancing disability inclusive development. In 2016, we look forward to increasing…

We Salute You.

As we are working around Business and Disability, and encouraging more Kenyan businesses to increase employment opportunities for qualified persons with disabilities, it is important to note that a few distinct corporates have been doing their part to open up their workplaces to diversity and inclusion, and specifically disabled workers. Safaricom is one such example;…

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities; a United Nations sanctioned day celebrated each year on 3 December. The day aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for our dignity, rights and well-being. The theme for 2015 is: Inclusion matters: Access and Empowerment for People of all Abilities. It is estimated…

The Huu’wezo Project

Huu’wezo (swahili for this ability) is an employability skills development program for young women with disabilities. The program involves a 4 week in-house training in Nairobi, with follow on mentoring and support for 6 months. The program seeks to provide young women with disabilities with tools to thrive in today’s competitive work environment. We will provide access…

Breakfast Roundtable on Business & Disability

As part of our private sector engagement series, we held a successful breakfast roundtable on business and disability supported by the Australian High Commission on November 19th, 2015. This activity is an important aspect of our work in increasing employment opportunities for persons with disabilities in Kenya, and aims to support businesses to adopt disability…

Development Impact vs Financial Returns- Case of Nestle

In the 1970s Switzerland based Nestle, came against serious allegations of aggressive marketing of baby formula to women in third world countries, a major campaign dubbed “the baby killer” begun in New York. The allegations led to Senate hearings and the involvement of the World Health Organization. The bad publicity resulted in consumer boycotts against…

Corporate Impact

“Getting rid of poverty, not rocket science” With the adoption of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in September 2000, the Post-2015 agenda in 2015 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this September, we seem even further away from eradicating poverty as it were. Truly, more creative strategies are necessary. This is where we come in – and ask…

Poetry & Arts

7. “When Success Comes” The day will come when she breathes no more The day will come when she lays cold and grey That day when you moan and groan, That day your heart will feel so torn Today she stands, she fights, she weeps Today she’s here and she breathes Today as she finds…

You Get Proud By Practicing by Laura Hershey

If you are not proud For who you are, for what you say, for how you look; If every time you stop To think of yourself, you do not see yourself glowing With golden light; do not, therefore, give up on yourself. You can get proud. You do not need A better body, a purer…