MEETING WITH RECRUITS  AT THE SHINING HOPE CENTREHELD ON AUGUST 30 2011, AT 5.OOPM                 TH                     ...
IN ATTENDANCE                                                 1.   Alex Simba *        11. Stellamaris Mwania *           ...
b. TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY    Recruits will need to work with high      ethical values in the HNP project,      r...
to hire a large number of ‘specialized’ workers, thus making the project cost effective            and make the technical ...
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  2. 2. IN ATTENDANCE 1. Alex Simba * 11. Stellamaris Mwania * 2. Amos Oranga * 12. Stephen Olanya * 3. Antony Shitsama * 13. Stephen Okello * 4. Byrones Khainga * 14. Ted Nonkwe * 5. Everlyne Nifa * 15. Theresa Nasambu * 6. Jackline Oyugi * 16. Edwin Oketch * 7. Julian Atieno * 17. Connie Nielsen 8. Lilliane Oyugi * 18. William Ogutu 9. Patrick Achola * 19. Juliet Dima 10. Shaffi Ramadhan * 20. Jedida OnekoABSENT 1. Carol Ogola * 2. Christopher Otieno * 3. Japheth Kirui * 4. Jimia Abdul * 5. Nancy Kalenge * 6. Pius Owino Otieno * 7. Samuel Onyango * 8. Sofia Abdul * 9. Tairus Juma **Recruits DISCUSSION POINTS a. UPDATED HNP PROJECT PRINT OUT Connie brought along a copy of the latest updated HNP project print out and briefly explained the content, various sections and additions before it was passed around for all to see. As it would be too expensive to print a copy for each of the recruits, and not possible to email a soft copy of the document to them, the recruits were directed to the page on HNP wiki where they could access the document. 2
  3. 3. b. TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY  Recruits will need to work with high ethical values in the HNP project, responsible for being accountable to themselves, the project and the community being served – Transparency and Accountability are therefore integral in the HNP project  Everything used will be published on the HNP website - all monies received, all expenditures and plans - so that all the information on the process of the development, set-up and running of the project is available at any given time  It was stressed that the recruits will be working as volunteers until the project is up and running, when there is income generation from the project.  In addition to the already existing 40 members, the recruits as members make the total membership of HNP 64c. OPEN LINES OF COMMUNICATION  The recruits were encouraged to send emails with any concerns or questions to Connie or any other member of the HNP team and expect a response as soon as possible.  The recruits were also offered the option of having official HNP emails; majority were enthusiastic for this and it was agreed that this would be effected as soon as possible.  Some recruits expressed that they wish to be contacted via text messaging rather than email as this is not always affordable or available in Kibera; it is therefore faster to reach them this way.  The recruits confirmed that the current information on the recruits’ contact sheet was accurate and made additions especially of their phone numbers to this.d. NON-DISCRIMINATION  It was also stressed that in the running of the HNP project in all areas of recruitment, membership, project activities and so on, MUST be free of all forms of discrimination, be it gender, ethnic, sexual orientation or disability. HNP should embrace and serve the community as a whole.e. TRAINING CURRICULUM  Juliet explained to the recruits briefly what subjects were covered in the training curriculum  It was highlighted that the recruits would be trained on all aspects of the curriculum so that they would gain a holistic set of skills that would allow them to work in any area of the project, eliminate possible hierarchy mentality and eliminate the need for HNP 3
  4. 4. to hire a large number of ‘specialized’ workers, thus making the project cost effective and make the technical running smooth.  The training manual is still in the draft stage and has been developed with assistance from various institutions and education specialists. What’s more, the recruits were informed that HNP will be working to give them not just theoretical learning but also experiential knowledge through attachment to various institutions such as the Kenya polytechnic and institutions.QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS FROM THE RECRUITS 1. There have been numerous organizations – local and international NGOs as well as government bodies – that have come into Kibera with promises of development projects that have not come to fruition, or they have not been heard from after engaging especially the youth. How is HNP different?  HNP has a strategic plan for the years 2010 to 2013 and this can be accessed on the HNP Website; the recruits will be emailed this  In line with working transparently, recruits can also track the process of the development of the project – the tasks thus far completed, the ongoing tasks as well as future plans on the website. The recruits are also kept in the loop by being copied in the relevant mail communications.  There have been various challenges faced more so politically, especially in securing a permit for building, otherwise the groundwork would have already started. 2. How long will it take to develop the curriculum?  The curriculum is already at the draft level and Juliet is in consultation with relevant education organizations and specialists, it is hoped within the next few weeks it should be completed, Juliet to keep recruits up to date. 3. How long will the training take?  The training will take at least 6 months running to up to a year to allow the trainees to be trained in all areas and ensure that learning is not superficial. Training will continue after the formal training when the project is set up with arising needs and to fill any gaps. 4. Does the Centre have to be within Kibera?  Yes. Otherwise the project would not be beneficial to the Kibera community which is being targeted.  The centre also needs to be in Kibera so as to demonstrate what Kibera can be; to set new standards for kibera. 5. After training, will recruits be awarded certificates?  This is still under discussion but it is hoped that this will be possible. All trainees will however receive a recommendation letter with a description of what they have learnt.  This will also be discussed with the institutions that the recruits will be attached to and it is hoped that the local universities and colleges will be able to issue these after exams as they would carry more weight coming from higher learning institutions. 4