(A) Open Technology
Today’s youth can be characterized as “digital natives.” To engage them TOP is
providing training in Open Technology via the Open Computer (Raspberry Pi). The training
is designed to create connectedness in multiple dimensions to themselves, to nature, to
digital culture, to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and to relevant segments of
This training has empowered youth to launch their own initiatives, such as a “Green
Wall” project, and environmentally friendly building façade that utilizes a self-made computer to
manage irrigation for greenery on the wall. Other training has produced such results as:
- Creation of TV encoders/transmitters based on open computer technology. It is having an
impact on the telecom market, reducing the cost of a system for internet TV broadcast by
- Development of a CNC (Compute Numerical Control) machine based on Raspberry Pi
sub-computer. A a small business has evolved around one machine that with additional
investment can have a substantial impact on local markets by substantially reducing
- “From Digital Waste to Social Gold”
This is a pilot project that because of COVD-19 is currently sited only in Israel.
Companies and individuals donated unused computers, then technical teams from schools
recycled them using a Linux operating system. Hundreds of the computers were offered to
families and children in need in exchange for a commitment to volunteer to serve their
community in various capacities. More information, including a documentary, can be found
“Coffee Ecosystem: From #farm to #Cup”. T.O.P is collaborating with Kenya’s state
owned NKPCU company, which includes 750,000 coffee farmers, to provide support in training and mindset shifting, marketing, implementing technology for full traceability, smart phones, and an AI platform to enhance transparency and govern by value.
(C) Food Security
Food security is one of the biggest challenges in the developing world. Green walls
mentioned above are one TOP project designed to provide individual families with the capacity to produce food through the creation of such walls at home. TOP has trained trainers in Kenya to expand this effort and there are now many hundreds of green walls in the country. The green wall helps to improve family diet, save water, and to generate income.
Food waste can be converted into various products to improve quality of life and enhance
opportunities to earn money. A good example of this concept is the avocado seed, which is a rich source of mineral elements, such as calcium, iron, magnesium phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. The avocado seed is dried and grinded for a variety of uses such as a health supplement to traditional dishes. One participant in a TOP food upcycling project transformed rotten avocados into shoe polish. More upcycling efforts are underway as people better understand and apply the concept.
(D) Women’ Empowerment
KWEN is a Kenyan NGO composed largely of women that is dedicated to economic
empowerment. Its approach is table banking, one of the more successful versions of micro
finance. T.O.P provided KWEN intensive short-term training on sustainable development. The most significant impact was the transformation in mindset, where the women became more active entrepreneurs. One woman started a brick factory and others took action that dramatically increased the organization’s pool of operating capital.
This was done without soliciting any donations.