LG Electronics has released 3 million shillings to 3 social groups as a way of “promoting the growth and self-reliance of local communities.” Each group will receive 1 million shillings each.
The 3 social groups based in Nairobi, Kiambu, and Kajiado counties respectively have emerged as the 2021 winners of the LG Electronics Ambassador Challenge.
Ghetto Evolve from Nairobi, The Eagles from Limuru, and Mpookua Primary school will each receive 1,000,000 shillings which is the main prize that will go towards solving social issues in the communities in which they reside.
“This challenge is part of LG’s overarching vision that sees various aspects of society working together to achieve a better life for all,” Said LG Electronics East Africa Managing director Sa Nyoung Kim said.
As part of their solutions agenda, Mporokua primary school – a public mixed day primary school in Kajiado Central sub-county, Ilmarba location seeks to use the funds to develop one classroom and two-door toilets to reduce congestion from the other classes.
“This school was started in 2010 by parents from this location as a way to help their children from walking five kilometers away to the nearest school. We have a population of 250 pupils and a feeder school called Sangilel with a total number of 78 pupils. Getting classrooms will make the pupils more comfortable and help improve their performance” said Mporokua primary school headteacher Mr. Johnson Munyere.
In Nairobi, the Ghetto Evolve Mathare social group plans to use the capital received to establish a resource center for kids, young men, and women in Mathare slums.
“Through this resource center, we hope to create social impact, improve the quality of life in our community and reawaken the desire to learn and develop amongst the young adults while empowering the most basic employable skills. This will not only help us bridge the competency divide but also help our youth explore and maximize their full potential.” Said Thomas Macharia, a Director of Ghetto Evolve.
The third group, the Eagles from Limuru intend to purchase motorbikes which shall provide jobs to the young families in their club as part of their long-term plan to venture into the transport business and create a livelihood for their members.
“Our club is entirely for young families in the community with small or no income. Through the support received, we plan to buy motorcycles that will help us generate income to support our members, and establish an office that will act as a resource center for empowerment programs for the community. The office will be run by a secretary that we shall employ. Our goal is to enable our members to live beyond what limits them” said Christopher Mwendwa, Team leader of Eagles Club.
The three groups are expected to execute their ideas in three months once they are awarded. To ensure due diligence, a follow-up will be made by the Programme Manager and key partner of the challenge – Korea Food for The Hungry International -KFHI.