Our mission is to improve the living standards of communities through the construction of indispensable infrastructure starting with renovating buildings, furnishing classrooms and equipping schools with necessary materials; creating a foundation for a modern ICT center enabling quick and easy communication and knowledge pool to benefit the whole community.

Kogere Community Knowledge Center

Background Information

Kogere Community Knowledge Centre (KCKC) is a community based modern Information and Communications Technology (ICT) centre within Kogere Primary School, Sega village, Ugenya District, in Siaya County-Kenya.

KCKC is a constituent of Sega Silicon Valley available for the community. The centre enjoys use of an up to standard ICT lab that uses low power, solar powered computers made by Inveneo. It also boasts of a good 24/7 wireless internet connection. The solar power is supplemented by a generator. This feat can be compared to none from the neighbouring schools in the region.

Some time back, before the year 2004, Kogere primary school was in a near pathetic situation because of wretched structures that played the role of classrooms and the administration block.

At this time in history, Mr. James Ofwona, a business personality based in Poland and who has origin in Sega village challenged the school head, Mr Stephen Mbanda to come up with a SWOT – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Strengths analysis in form of a proposal to solicit funds to improve the face of the school.

Mr Ofwona who is the founder and chair of Simba Friends Foundation on receiving the proposal, through the foundation; he solicited for funds from Poland and Canada thus signifying the start of a revolutionised Kogere Primary School that is inclusive of a modernised computer laboratory, KCKC.

The funding greatly improved the face of the school. What with good classrooms, an administration block, an Early Childhood Centre, staffroom, science room and library? To add the icing on the cake, what with a well equipped and well furnished computer lab?

All the construction work was done in a period of less than one year. The work commenced on August, 2006 and came to a successful end in February 2007.

The computer Lab

It is one of the most equipped computer labs that examples can be drawn from. The lab has twenty computers in full operational mode. It is also plus a printer cum scanner that triples up as a photocopier.

Power is being supplied by six solar panels of 200 watts each with ten batteries. The lab is networked, the floor is well cemented and the white ceiling board keeps heat at bay.

The centre also has a projector and plans are in the offing to use the projector in screening movies, mostly on weekends to attract people to the centre and also as a source of revenue. For documentation purposes, a digital camera and a flip camera are on the ready.

Services offered

In a bid to reach out to the community, have a win-win situation and create a positive impact as far as ICT is concerned, the centre offers computer training to willing community members at affordable costs.

Four packages are offered at the cost of Kshs. 300 per package. The packages offered are: Introduction to computers & O/S, Microsoft word, MS Excel, and Internet & E-mail. Trainees go through a vigorous and fruitful two weeks training per package, two hours per day.

In practise, a student is free to choose between Ms-Publisher, Ms-PowerPoint or Ms-Access as a supplementary package(s) to the main four. The centre also churns out Internet, printing, typesetting and photocopying among others to community members.

There’s planned a CISCO IT Essentials training at the centre in the near future. In line with these, primary school teachers’ monthly Computer Literacy Training Workshops has been in progress and will continue next year.