The World Economic Forum

Oasis Mathare‘s story was a topic of discussion in The World Economic Forum, Davos (WEF) in 2016 presented by President and CEO of Digital Opportunity Trust, HE Janet Longmore who once visited Oasis Mathare accompanied by Patrick Gossage, DOT Chair and DOT-Kenya Country Director, Madam Eunice Maranya. WEF is a Swiss nonprofit foundation based in Geneva. Recognised by the Swiss authorities as the international institution for public-private cooperation, its mission is cited as “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas”.

Canadian High Commissioner’s Visit

Oasis Mathare had the privilege of hosting the Ag. Canadian High Commissioner to Kenya, H.E. Darren Schemer. It was evident that Douglas, Oasis Mathare’s founder, has indeed became an agent of change in a community where digital information flow is hampered by inadequate ICT facilities and lack of knowledge on how to apply ICTs to daily life. At the time of H.E. Darren Schemer visit, Oasis had managed to train 140 youth on ICT skills using 8 computers only. Pleased by Douglas’s initiative, H.E Mr. Schemer reiterated the importance of technology in the current world. “This is what the world demands in this century, the ability to use computers to do business and manage your lives,”Read More>>>

Mathare Slums

Oasis Mathare
The Mathare slum, with a population of around 500,000 families , is one of the largest informal settlements in Nairobi. Just like any other informal settlement in the world, the Mathare slum is characterised by poor housing structures made of old iron-sheets, inadequate or absent sanitation facilities, large mountains of garbage or solid waste materials, poor infrastructure, lack of proper health facilities, unemployment, high illiteracy levels, and high population density – of which youth constitute 65%. In Mathare, HIV/AIDS has led to high dependence rate and increased number of orphans. Due to a lack of job opportunities, many youth find themselves engaging in major societal vices such as handling and abusing drugs, violence, mugging, commercial sex work, and youth gangs.

Activities:
To address the pressing challenges facing youth and children in the Mathare slums, OM provides the following Five main community services:
-Early Childhood Development
-ICT
-Library
-Mentorship and Entrepreneurship
-Reproductive Health