Cohort 3 Apprentices (2015)
1. James Werunga
James Werunga is an aspiring graphic and web designer. Since graduating from Tunapanda Institute in late 2015, he has been enjoying coaching design, cinematography, and finance. He has also been helping our team create open educational resources to teach others both online and offline. James heard of Tunapanda while working at his parents’ fruit and vegetable stand down the street, and decided to apply. He is showing great promise in becoming a self-driven young professional developing his growth mindset in technology and towards life as a whole. When not working, James spends his time playing baseball, including on Kenya’s national team.
2. Winnie Akoko
Winnie Akoko is outgoing and has a strong desire to become a leading business and design trainer at Tunapanda Institute. She is passionate about web design as well as meeting people to promote Tunapanda. In her time at Tunapanda Institute, she has enjoyed working with teams, learning project management skills and engaging in human resource duties like conducting interviews and analyzing advanced training needs beyond our basic 3-month course. As a trainer she strongly believes in taking initiative and ownership of the tasks and projects she undertakes.
3. Minzilet Ijai
Minzilet Ijai joined Tunapanda’s training program following an internship in radio journalism at the local Kibera radio station, Pamoja FM. She enjoys teaching cinematography, photography, and sound production – as well as other new skills she has learned as a trainee at Tunapanda. She is currently improving her skills in web design using various content management systems and making short educational videos. She also writes poems (‘Shahiri’ in Swahili), and enjoys walking around the community to find human interest stories to share through feature narrations.
4. Mwalugha Bura
Mwalugha (‘Douda’) Bura is a technology enthusiast who started his own morning coding club as a trainee at Tunapanda. He helps in teaching programming and he also takes part in writing code for Tunapanda’s Swag software. Swag is designed to spread our model and provide guidance and motivation remotely for learners who don’t have access to highly-trained teachers. Douda knows first hand the challenges of getting access to technology in Kibera, and how the generosity of a single person can change a life course: as a secondary school student who couldn’t go to school, one teacher at a local girls’ secondary school let him use the computers after school hours and thus pursue his passion before joining Tunapanda. He wants to do the same for other young people.
5. Susan Nempiris
Susan Nempiris is an ambitious, organized, and self-driven person from Samburu, a very rural part of Kenya. She came to Tunapanda with very little technology experience, and now teaches photography, video editing, financial literacy, and more – while helping to create and curate open educational resources. She loves taking pictures and learning new things about life and technology. She came to Tunapanda through a scholarship from Save the Elephants, a pioneering conservation organization, and believes that technology can be used to promote conservation in the future.
Cohort 4 Apprentices (2016)
1. Nixon Kanali
Nixon Kanali is a strong communicator and blogger who is aspiring to develop his tech and teaching skills – and thus become as much a creator as a communicator. Interested in the technology scene, Nixon started TechTrendsKE, a technology blog focusing on technology trends in Africa and across the globe. Nixon aims to use his communication skills to take Tunapanda to the next level and add local flavor to Tunapanda’s voice, while learning and teaching more about curriculum design and advanced digital storytelling.
2. Dickson Morande
Dickson Morande is a technology enthusiast with a strong growth mindset and willingness to help others learn. He loves technology mainly because of its limitless potential for change, growth, development and problem-solving. He is excited to start a career using technology to solve problems the community (both locally in Kibera and for the global community of humans) and wants to advance his career by studying robotics, computer programming, and entrepreneurship. He believes that combining technology, business, and design skills will enable him to actualize ideas into realities.
3. Renice Owino
Renice Owino is an aspiring computer programmer who often comes in early and uses the internet to learn about Java, C, C++ and Python. She is a member of a team at Tunapanda that is building open source software to spread learning beyond our walls. She is a self motivated individual with passion to diligently contribute towards enhancing emerging uses of technology through real professionalism, a growth mindset, initiative, team spirit, transparency, and accountability.
4. Mohammed Dena
Mohammed Dena has a real love and passion for technology. He has that rare mix of an engineering mindset combined with a strong creative imagination and he believes through the right mindset anyone can do great things to better our world. Currently he is focusing on programming Arduinos, learning robotics, and exploring various sensors and other hardware devices. With these skills he believes he can soon build his own miniature robots to help solve problems in society.
5. Dennis Ashihundu
Dennis Ashihundu is interested in print and online media, and is also a technology enthusiast. He is passionate about graphic and web design. He has a strong desire to see the digital divide bridged in Kenya, where he wants to help drop the cost of education while improving quality through technology and peer-to-peer learning. At Tunapanda he works on several projects focusing on using sensors to solve problems in slums (through “smart farm” technology), human centered design, and creation of e-learning content materials to teach others.