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Caleb Ndaka, Kenyan Windows Insider, is teaching students and teachers computer basics and how to code in rural Kenya

Caleb Ndaka

Windows #Insiders4Good East Africa Fellow Caleb Ndaka is changing his world.

Caleb Ndaka

“You’ll see him sometimes, walking village to village in rural Kenya, 5 laptops strapped to his back.” This how Caleb Ndaka conceived Kids Comp Camp. An organization serving remote communities with accessible computer training to empower them to discover new opportunities in technology.

You’ll see him sometimes, walking village to village in rural Kenya, 5 laptops strapped to his back. Years ago, when he was in college in Nairobi, Kenya, Caleb Ndaka and his friends decided they wanted to help those who were less fortunate. They went to a school in a village with no access to computers and spent a few days training students on computer basics. The students were awestruck by these lessons and able to quickly pick up the skills. Caleb was surprised to see such fast progress and realized he could have a real impact on his country with this work. That was the day Caleb’s business Kids Comp Camp was born.”

East Africa Windows Insiders4Good Fellow

Caleb Ndaka
from Left Dona Sarkar, Caleb, Constance, Gomolemo, Michael at Microsoft Build 2019

In 2017 Microsoft asked East Africans with brilliant ideas creating solutions to critical social and economic challenges, to apply for a fellowship program. The Insiders4Good Fellowship. It had been tried in Nigeria and Microsoft was scaling the program up to East African countries. A six-month program that will up open opportunities to the selected entrepreneurs.

Caleb’s Kids Comp Camp was one of 20 ideas selected from entries received from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. As a fellow Caleb received training to develop his business and technology concept, hardware, software, tailored mentorship and support from Microsoft.

So far, Kids Comp Camp has reached over nine thousand students with 90% being first time users of a computer. It has also evolved to include training small rural businesses on how to leverage technology to grow.

Microsoft Build 2019

Caleb Ndaka
Caleb at Microsoft Build 2019

Caleb Ndaka joined other Windows Insiders at Microsoft Build this year. Where he made a presentation about the journey and impact of Kids Comp Camp during the Windows Insiders session. These Insiders, Microsoft says are supporting their local communities and bringing us feedback to build products and services for everyone. Click to read about his journey and experience at Microsoft Build 2019.

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