Culture and technology helping illiterate and homeless people

In Kinshasa, Congo, in the Mokili Na Poche cultural centre, in a recording studio for homeless minors, they find a safe haven, sing about their lives on the streets and dream of a better future. Children and teenagers can also wash, eat and participate in music, art and reading classes there. Meanwhile, the English Behind The White Lines is the first academy offering young footballers care and development opportunities after they have been released from their current clubs. Numerous programs enable players to participate in regular training and meetings and acquire the necessary skills. The academy rebuilds the careers of young footballers who find themselves at a crossroads in their careers, also due to health problems.

Thanks to the Daariz application, over 410,000 people learned to read and write in the Horn of Africa. Daariz works well, for example, in Somaliland, where, according to UNICEF, approximately three out of four adults are illiterate, and every fourth child does not attend school. A group of Nigerian students won the “Kids Innovative Challenge” competition organised by The Destiny Trust Foundation for technology lovers. The team built an intelligent composting system based on the Arduino programming platform that converts food waste into fertiliser. The intelligent compost chamber monitors the temperature and humidity of the compost, transmits real-time data to controllers, automates the rotation and aeration of fertiliser, is remotely monitored and improves the composting process.

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