What is KUBUKA?
Our mission is to create sustainable development by concentrating on education and entrepreneurship as agents of change and by empowering the benefiting communities to create and maintain self-directed projects.
Our vision is to create a successful model of self-sustaining projects that can be applied to other communities while listening to the ideas and needs of the beneficiary communities and providing opportunities for personal development among the key agents of change.
A group of young Spaniards combined forces in November 2013 to found Más Por Ellos (More for Them), an organization dedicated to collaboration with beneficiary community members as a means of development in vulnerable communities in Kenya.
One year later, KUBUKA was born in Zambia. This organization was created as an extension of Más Por Ellos and shares the same focus on cooperation.
In April 2015 two organizations merged and Más Por Ellos decided to adopt the name KUBUKA as their new corporate identity.
The merger was intended to increase capacity to support projects in both Kenya and Zambia by strengthening the coordination of human resources in Spain.
Where do we work?
Zambia is also known as the forgotten country of Africa. A landlocked country without abundant natural resources, their economy is based on copper mining and tourism to the famous Victoria waterfalls. Zambia, along with its neighboring countries, once formed part of the nation Europeans called the Kingdom of Rhodesia. Since declaring its independence from Britain in 1964 it has been overshadowed by its larger neighboring countries, and as a result comparatively less information about Zambia is available.
The city of Livingstone is located in the south of the country. Founded about 200 years ago, Livingstone is a relatively new city but has suffered accelerated modernization due to the intense tourism attracted by the nearby Victoria Falls.
KUBUKA works in the communities Mwandi and Maramba, which lie on the outskirts of Livingstone. The residents of these communities face great challenges accessing quality education and basic social services.
Kenya has the highest urbanization index of any African country and has a very promising emerging economy. It also has a key geographical position on the east side of the continent, with the biggest port on the east coast of Africa, and an important agricultural legacy left by the English colonists. Nairobi is considered the technological HUB of Africa and produced the world’s first mobile banking applications, thanks to the city’s focus on telephone services.
Though it is said that the pace of life in Africa is slow, those that have been to Nairobi know that the city is growing at a dizzying rate. Kenyans come from the small villages where they were born to the slums surrounding the capital, leaving everything behind with hopes for improved work and a better life for their children. However, reality is different once they arrive in Nairobi.
KUBUKA works in Kibera, the largest slum town in Africa situated on the outskirts of Nairobi. Insert fact about Kibera is the largest slum in Africa. We have constructed a Children´s Home that is 60km away from Nairobi, where we hope to rescue street children from the city.
What do we do?
KUBUKA supports projects that promote sustainable development in vulnerable communities in Kenya and Zambia. We primarily support projects related to education and entrepreneurship, but we also undertake projects that benefit community collectives, which are defined as a specific group of individuals within a community.
Our work has focused on identifying projects that can be maintained over time and are supported by local individuals or groups. Currently, we pay student fees for more than 500 elementary and middle school students. We have also financed the opening of 3 social businesses and awarded 19 microcredit loans. Additionally, we run two orphanages in Kenya and Zambia, respectively, which support a combined total of 21 orphans and 8 girls in unstable situations.
In Spain, we give talks in high schools about our work and search for collaborators among young entrepreneurs. Furthermore, through our volunteer opportunities and events in Spain we aim to increase local interest in the issues in Kenya and Zambia and bridge the gap between our societies. And we never stop searching for new funding sources that will strengthen the success and impact of our projects.
The three sections within the internal projects department are events, advertising and merchandizing. All three teams are based in Spain and collaborate on two main objectives: 1) raising awareness about the organization and the problems it attempts to address and 2) fundraising and searching for new funding sources.
This department is divided into two teams with different objectives. The first is responsible for identifying potential business partners and proposing collaborations. Once a relationship has been established, the second team is responsible for carrying out and maintaining the partnership.
The communication department is the only department that is not broken up into teams; however, this section maintains a relationship between all teams and persons involved in KUBUKA. These relationships are used obtain the necessary resources to inform and gain support from society. These resources may be either financial and or personal collaborations. For instance, communication may collaborate with sponsor relationships to identify contracted services for an event, or they may contact human resources to find volunteers to perform the same work.
Administration is divided into three teams: legal, finance and human resources. This department handles the day-to- day management of the organization and ensures that KUBUKA runs smoothly.
This department manages projects internally and ensures that they are progressing adequately. This section also gives projects continuity as they develop and actively evaluates their financial needs.