• Connectedness & Leadership Training Course
    3rd Edition - Feb 15-16, 2019 in Kisumu, Kenya

    TOP is leading for the third year a “Connectedness and Leadership" course for community leaders & entrepreneurs from the region of Kisumu of Kenya, that took place Feb 15/16 2019, continuing with a hands on project and ending with a presentation and graduation within 6 months to one year. Download flyer

    The objectives of this course were to:

    • Move from the 'victim/needy mindset' into the prosumer/doer mindset, create your own job & become a successful entrepreneur.
    • Start making electronic devices with Arduino & Raspberry PI.
    • Build your own Linux Distribution, servers...
    • Start programming - Scratch, Python...

    Participants may then create or join TOP centers so that solutions to challenges can be spread all over the country.


    The vision of TOP Kenya is to develop young leadership of youth that can connect:
    · Low-tech and High-tech
    · Permaculture and ICT
    · Human being and Mother nature
    · Their inner needs and abilities to outside challenges
    · The courage to think and act outside and inside the box.
    · Soil and Soul


    Target population

    Community leaders & young entrepreneurs. Best if the participants have some technical background and are affiliated to one of the 6 TOP Kenya Founding Members (Elimu TV Station. YARD Kenya, SCOPE Kenya, RODI, SHOPHAR and KWEN) or they can come independently after interview.


    TOP Kenya Founding Members:
    in Kisumu:
    James Otieno @SHOPHAR Kenya Tel:0722589003

    John Macharia @ SCOPE Tel:0724 628386
    Eliud Ngunjiri @RODI Tel:0722307576
    Lily Koech @KWEN Tel:0722770456
    Sebastian Maina @YARD Tel:0721584891
    Jane Muthiga @Elimu TV Tel:0723 144259


    About the previous edition of the course in 2018

    3 main training options: creating Green-walls, Food Upcycling & Creating documentaries

    • Creating Green-Walls
      Learn how to build a green wall using local materials .With the green wall technology, a space measuring six-feet tall with a width of 3.5 feet can comfortably supply a family of two with enough vegetables and fruits throughout the week. Job creation and business opportunity for entrepreneurs to grow and sell organic vegetables.

    • Upcycle food

      How can we transform all the parts of the plants including wastes so they will feed our soul, soil and body for food security. New understanding on how to transform what we produce into healthy food, organic cosmetics and how to preserve 100% of your plants. e.g. What to do with Mango peels, avocado seeds so it will serve you all year around. Business opportunity for entrepreneurs and to create new markets.

    • Creating Documentaries
      Understand the potential of communication and media, learn how to tell a story and start using tools (even with just a smart phone) to create documentaries. Each team of 3 participants will create a 3 min video clip on green-walls or about TOP.

    About the previous edition of the course in 2017

    Each participant received a kit including a Raspberry PI3 subcomputer and electronic devices such as a humidity sensor. Participants were divided into groups and had to build a green wall providing food in urban environments (plants in recycled material with an automated irrigation system). This way, young adults were introduced to permaculture by using technology.The feedback session showed that the leadership training is having impressive results in areas as diverse as the building of green walls ( Here is a work of one of the certified participant) and the development and implementation of a viable business plan for a TV broadcasting service. Other participants developed a Computer Numerical Control machine (CNC) using the kit they received. Another one is working on the process to upcycle plastic into usable material such as oil and already made a demo.

    Feedback - Samples:

    Abner Otieno (SHOPHAR): Have you ever wondered how it would feel when all the years you spent in school were reduced to one week and the hard things now were more than possible but now a reality? That is the definition of the TOP week training where school is redone to fit the needs of our daily lives.

    Christopher Ondigi (YARD): I feel transformed like those who have received Jesus Christ their lives. I have shifted from “I cannot do it” to “I can, I am and am done”. With too many gaps in Kenya and the whole world at large, I am destined to fill as much as I can with the knowledge I have acquired at TOP-utilizing my brains to maximum potential.

    George Karema (YARD): Top kenya is an avenue I can use to explore and expound(transcend)on my potential in leadership, creativity, innovation, exposure to technology among others. It is a platform where we as youth(I included) can get to share knowledge as we tackle the problems facing the community or the country at large. As we endeavor to help the community by providing solutions, we also get to develop ourselves.


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