COLLABORATIONS AND PARTNERS
SAIDE, being a community based organization, is a people driven organization hence the key stakeholder is the community. The community owns and is the driving force in all our key initiatives.
SAIDE has also endeavored to seek and partner with like-minded friends to make the dream happen and to serve the community better. As such, we have always welcomed on board people, organizations, companies, the government, philanthropists and other stakeholders who aspire to give and do good to the society.
Over the years since inception, SAIDE has worked with many stakeholders. Just to mention a few:
Population Service International Kenya (PSI-K) and Uzima Foundation.
SAIDE demonstrated its interest in health two years and entered in to agreement with Uzima Foundation which was implementing a health programme overseen by Population Service International (PSI) Kenya. It was a two year health awareness initiative involving conducting Focused Group Discussions among communities in order to combat Malaria, HIV/AIDS and encourage use of safe water.
Foundation For Sustainable Development (FSD)
SAIDE partnered with FSD whose main role was to facilitate an intern placement with it. In May 2014, SAIDE got an intern, Abhishek Upadhyaya, from Duke University. The intern was instrumental in reimagining and redesigning most of our core works and streamlined the library outreach program and the Computer training to teachers in neighborhood primary schools. In 2015 SAIDE received another intern from Duke University Ankit Kayastha who scaled up the debate in secondary schools. In 2016 we received an intern from Rice University in United States through foundation for sustainable development (FSD) Reilly Brooks from Rice University who helped in development of SAIDE Curriculum document. The document is to help whoever is administering one hour reading culture with fascinating and child friendly activities. In 2017 we had Sarah Park from Rice University who helped in developing a debate database for the adjudicators. In 2018 we had Ying Dai from North Western university, helped with community engagement forums and build on the existing programs. She's also developing a documentary for the library.
Worldreader and the Library E-reading Activities Project(LEAP)
SAIDE partnered with Worldreader International who was part of implementing the Library E-reader Activities Project (LEAP) which was funded through Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The partnership saw SAIDE qualify and become a premier library in the region to have e-readers to support our library. SAIDE was given 25 e-readers each loaded with over 200 books which boosted the library. It further supported our key objective of ensuring proper integration of technology in education.
This year we received 35 more E-readers equipped with 200 books each, this has boosted our operating area and the number of people we reach out.
American Friends of Kenya (AFK)
AFK has been one of our most important partners. The organization has donated over 10,000 books with health assistance equipment to the library from different disciplines and which applies to all the age brackets. The resources have been important in implementing the organization’s programs and serve the community better.
DRIVE Network Kenya
DRIVE (Digital Reading for Inclusivity, Versatility and Engagement) is one of 24 new networks funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. The networks bring together academics, industry, NGOs, policymakers and practitioners from Africa with UK partners to maximise digital technologies to address development challenges including health, energy and accessibility to online resources. The DRIVE project will run from May 2020 to April 2021.
Other key partners:
- Kenya Alliance for Children Rights
- Book Aid International
SAIDE Group is managed through an 8 member management board which is elected every two years. The group has talented and experienced members who are committed to community based development programmes.