I was really excited to get this chance to show my #IBMCSC Kenya colleagues the place I worked for two years back in 2003-2005, and more importantly, the people I worked with. Hard to believe it was over 10 years ago I worked for Youth Action for Rural Development (YARD). As I alluded to in a previous post, YARD's work is really grassroots community work in its truest form. The social component of what they do is so important. YARD's office and most of its staffers live nearby, and for many staffers the line between work and social life is blurred. Even when there are no resources to be shared, YARD and its staff are, if nothing else, a shoulder to cry on. Sometimes just having an ally available to listen to your worries and fears, and give you advice on how to solve your problems is incredibly valuable on its own.
|The IBM team gets a briefing on YARD from Grace Wairimu, Program Officer.|
|Mugumo-ini self help group makes and sells handicrafts|
|This women's group told us about the demonstration plots they've developed to test out different new crop varieties, a water harvesting project, a greenhouse project, and the merry go round financing they run within the group.|
|The obligatory musical welcome. A Kenyan specialty.|
|Me with some of my old friends from the YARD staff.|
|Sebastian's daughter Nancy made some new friends in a hurry...|
|...and even got some free healthcare out of it. IBM gives back! ;)|