The Story
The Zephaniah Owidi Odongo (ZOO) Memorial Foundation is inspired by the life of Zephaniah Odongo  Owidi who:
 
  • Grew up in extreme poverty in rural Kenya
  • Through education, dedication and the good will of others supporting his determination, overcame serious adversity, excelled in his scholarship
  • Became a Distinguished Electronic Engineer who contributed significantly to the Kenyan telecom industry and performed activities supported by this organization
  • Believed and demonstrated that education really is the key out of poverty, and that technology bridges the world 
 
We carry on his vision.
About
The Zephaniah Owidi Odongo (ZOO) Memorial Foundation is a non profit organization established in September 2008 providing access to information communication technology in rural and underserved areas in Kenya.

Our Mission

Enable access to information communication technology, ICT and scholarship through the donation of computers, provision of internet services and facilitation of computer literacy training to schools, community based organizations and youth groups in Kenya.

Our Values

Equity   Partnership   Sponsorship   Integrity   Volunteering

Brief
The ZOO Memorial Foundation activities can be summarised simply as below:

1. We secure sponsorships from supporting organizations 

2. We partner with schools, community based organizations and youth groups

3. We set up ICT Centres by donating computers to organizations in (2) above

4. We train the trainers

5. We monitor usage of the ICT Centres

 

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What We Do
What We Do
Set Up ICT Centres
Beneficiaries of The ZOO Memorial Foundation have fully functional ICT centres with donated computers and internet connection.
 
Training
The ZOO Memorial Foundation provides and facilitates computer literacy training to its beneficiary centre trainers and members of the community.
 
Creating Awareness
Societies around beneficiary centres will be encouraged to take part in ICT activities such as using message boards, chat rooms and email.
 
Advocacy
Sensitising local companies and organizations on the importance and participation in digital revolution in Kenya.
 
Why ICT Centers
A number of converging trends make The ZOO Memorial Foundation Rural ICT Project relevant in ICT facilitation and accessibility especially in rural Kenya
 
  • Increased use of ICT for both economic and social development
  • Growth of mobile telephony and mobile service providers
  • Increased necessity for use of ICT and limited skilled persons
  • Limited or no ICT access to majority of rural Kenya
  • Technology shy 
 
The Foundation will take this as an opportunity to make changes within an evolving industry.
How
The Foundation's activities can be summarised simply into stages as below:
 

1. We partner with schools, community based organizations and youth groups

2. We set up ICT Centres by donating computers

3. We train the trainers

4. We monitor usage of the ICT Centres

Our Projects
Impact

What We Aim To Achieve

. 100 Users Daily   . 50:50 Men to Women Users   . 1000 Persons Trained Yearly

. 100% Self Sustainable ICT Centres

What The Community Gets

Access to ICT
The ICT Centres will provide accessible areas for the community to utilise information communication technology.
Exposure
ICT will provide opportunities for exposure and encourage repeat visits to the centres enabling worldwide interactions.
Training
The ICT centres will offer affordable training in efforts to increase computer literacy in underserved and rural areas.
Network
The Foundation will build a strong community of people who have similar interests. This will allow for the exchange of information for development.
Get Involved
Partner
As an organization driven by the mission of community empowerment, The ZOO Memorial Foundation works with and is open to working with a multitude of partners. We invite you to join us in our mission and welcome sponsorships, grants and other forms of support.
 
Partners of the Foundation will have increased opportunities for business development and brand association.
 
The Foundation will increase visibility of partner organizations and create awareness of partner brands through its activities.
 
We would love to hear from you! 
 

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Benefit
To qualify as a beneficiary, you must first meet the following requirements -
 
Checklist
  • Be a legally registered entity
  • Have an ICT agenda or objective at the forefront of your partnership interest
  • Have a readily available computer room for dissemination of services
  • Have been in operation for at least one year
 
Tell Us Who You Are
Send us a detailed profile of your organization. We want to know who you are, what you do and how you do it.
 
Send Us Your Plan
We would like to know how you would use your new computer centre and how it contributes to your existing and future organizational objectives. 
 
 
 
Volunteer
The ZOO Memorial Foundation welcomes volunteers from all over the world!
 
We will offer you opportunities to raise awareness and support community issues, get relevant training or develop your skills, face new experiences or challenges, experience different cultures, meet new people and make new friends.
 
If you are interested in an internship or volunteering with the Foundation we would love to hear from you!
 
Please send us a cover letter and your C.V. or Résumé via e-mail to info@zoomemorialfoundation.org
 
 
 
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