ITF-International Transformation Foundation was established as an international, youth-led, non-profit organization on principles of stimulus and inspiration for transformation of the youth through self-development programs encompassing leadership and entrepreneurship. ITF develops and drives youth development programs that mold the youth of today as leaders with strong hearts and minds and as true workers of society with creative and progressive thinking.
We run the ‘Join the Pipe’ project, a collaborative project with Join the Pipe Foundation -a non-profit organization established in Amsterdam, Netherlands- that produces sustainable public tap water stations and services to all people around the globe by servicing communities, cities, and towns with clean tap water. The ‘Join the Pipe’ project installs specially designed tap water stations in Kenyan communities facing challenges with access to tap water. ITF does this in collaboration with local community-based schools. Thus far we have built 9 water kiosks in community-based schools across Kenya providing clean drinking tap water and sanitation to 4338 students and 70587 community residents.
It is also within the ‘Join the Pipe’ project that we work to bring awareness to environmental impact of production and waste of bottled water. In this respect, we distribute environmental-friendly water bottles to school children to encourage them to carry clean water to schools thus preventing the spread of water borne diseases. Together with our partners and the Pollination Project, we have been able to set up a Public Tap Station at Uhuru Park in Nairobi. This project was a huge milestone for the growth of ITF in 2016. We have since expanded the ‘Join the Pipe’ project to not only involve drinking water stations and re-usable bottles, but also to include income earning bikes and vending trolleys for the youth involved.
In 2014, the ‘Join the Pipe’ project won the Saville Foundation Pan African award for entrepreneurship in education and in 2015, the Global Awards for Fundraising in the Resource Alliance, Big Impact Small Budget Category Award. Then in 2016 we bagged the ESD Okayama Award, a global prize given to ITF in recognition of its outstanding project in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) on ‘A Water Kiosk at School’
The 'Jijenge Kijana Fund' is another project run by ITF. The fund was introduced in March 2015. It came up after one of our members lost his job from where he was drawing income to mature chicks in his just launched small poultry farm. The ‘Jijenge Kijana Fund’ was then introduced as our members’ livelihood pathway to offering microcredit and training to enable them to engage in productive and stable livelihoods gradually generating increased income to lift themselves out of poverty.
Finally, we have our youth centered project, '1 Slum 100 Computers' project which has had great success. In 2014, 3 youth associations with 10 members each from 3 different slums in Eastern Nairobi received computer training enabling them to be familiar with computer applications. They also got entrepreneurship mentorship to help them in designing a profitable computer-based business. In 2015, Excellent Youth Group from Kariobangi South was selected to take part in the 1 slum 100 Computers Project.
ITF also conducts an annual 'Leadership and Entrepreneurship Training' for its members and other youth. The training consists of an ITF debate and workshop forum. Hosted annually, the ITF debate is a competition and a concrete place for discussion on change and transformation of youth through the exchange of ideas in a persuasive and argumentative manner. Conducted regularly in various institutions and communities around the world, the ITF Leadership & Entrepreneurship forums imparts youth with leadership and entrepreneurship principles of accomplished men and women.
ITF also collaborated with YouthNet, a youth organization in Italy and as a result of this, the two organizations have been running a capacity building project ‘Building Empowering Environment for Youth Employability (BEE). In addition, ITF, in partnership with Centro per lo Svilluppo Creativo "Danilo Dolci" (CSC Danilo Dolci)-Italy has launched and is implementing the READ project which aims at promoting reading to young people in an integrated and creative manner through local and mobility activities. Both the BEE and READ projects are co-funded by the European Union- Erasmus Plus Program.