I.T. Skills 4 Rural Kenya is an Award winning, registered charity in England and Wales. It was founded in 2005 by Kenyan born, Mr. Edward Kibosek. The idea came about as a result of a practical community classroom exercise at the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom and was part of the Community Informatics module that Mr. Kibosek attended in 2002. The aim of the initiative is to empower people in rural villages in Kenya through:
Our vision is to establish over 195 Mtandao Viganjani ICT Initiatives (Swahili for Internet on the thumb). These Mtandao Viganjani Initiatives are Community owned rural networks that act as diverse community information resource mobilisation centres, community advocacy and awareness spaces and a converging point of community synergy through ICTs. Our remit is to establishing these centres across 47 Counties in Kenya. This is a project that will need 20,000 computers, 1000 volunteers and will bring proximate ICT driven opportunities to 2,000,000 Kenyans.
We at I.T. Skills 4 Rural Kenya have since our inception sought to establish ourselves as a capacity building organisation, providing equal opportunities to rural based communities in Kenya through access to affordable ICT facilities and training with the hope of bridging the ever widening digital divide between rural and urban centres in Kenya.