We aim to free our communities from poverty by focusing on mentorship and empowerment
Sauti Village is working to equip children out of poverty across African countries from a culturally empowered lens. Sauti Village does this by partnering each child with an African mentor to empower them through mentorship and connecting them to relevant talent programs.
Jey started fending for his family by becoming a street beggar at the age of 8 years old. Whatever little he got in the streets, he would bring to his family, and they would have food for the day. At the tender age of just 8 years old, he had become a breadwinner for his family. When begging was not forthcoming, he joined a group of petty thieves in the streets and as was expected in the slum community he grew up, he started a life of crime that consequently led him to prison at the age of 9years old.
Mathare slums is the second largest informal settlement in Kenya after Kibera. It has a long history of existence and is currently home to 206,564 people according to the National Housing and Population Census (2019). Mathare is characterized by unsafe and overcrowded housing, elevated exposure to environmental hazards, high prevalence of communicable diseases, and a lack of access to essential services, such as sanitation, water and electricity. Residents in Nairobi’s slums frequently suffer from tenure insecurity, while widespread poverty and violence further increase their vulnerabilities. Yet residents are also resilient and entrepreneurial, politically organized and have a range of skills that allow them to survive in one of the most difficult urban environments in East Africa
We anticipate starting the mentorship program in Kenya and slowly scale to different parts of Africa based on our current reach to the African diaspora. The program will start by first identifying areas of reach in different countries such as informal settlement areas and villages too, followed by identifying the children in need of mentorship and direction in life. This will be done by our staff on the ground in collaboration with community leaders who always have their ears on the ground. The mentors and mentees will be matched based on various factors such as their common areas of origin and their matching interests among others just to ensure that the two parties are compatible. We will then identify partner institutions and organizations to act as conduits for the link between the mentors (who will be Africans from the diaspora) and mentees. In the case of Jey, the partner institution was Compassion International. In our case, we will be partnering with like-minded organizations across the world, to merge their working policies with our ideals. This will enable the value chain process to be easier.
Mentorship is a process that requires time and commitment from both parties and so we have to come up with incentives that will motivate both participants. For the sake of accountability and clarity, we will be able to compute quarterly qualitative and quantitative analytical reports to show our stakeholders what impact we are achieving along the process. This will be in terms of the countries launched in, the number of mentors and mentees, average meeting times, the progress of mentees from a socio-economic and educational standpoint and opportunities accorded to the mentees as a result of mentorship. These will be our key indicators of success and impact as an organization.