In line with its focus on bringing people together and building communities, Facebook has announced the names of 116 people worldwide who have been selected to join the Facebook Community Leadership Program. Five Kenyans have been selected as program Fellows, and Noah Nasiali has been chosen as one of five global programme Residents.
Nasiali has brought together more than 100,000 farmers across Africa through a Facebook group in less than a year. Farming is one of Africa’s most important industries, and Noah’s community helps farmers obtain and share critical information.
Since announcing the programme in February, Facebook received more than 6,000 applications from all over the world. A selection committee, which included employees as well as community experts from outside of Facebook, reviewed each application to identify leaders with a strong, clear and committed vision for their community.
(TOP: Noah Nasiali. Photo: Facebook).
Five participants around the world, including Nasiali, have been selected as community leaders in residence, who will each be awarded up to $1,000,000 to fund their community initiative. The final amount received will be determined based on final budget proposal created and submitted by each resident as part of their program training.
“The Facebook platform is playing a powerful role in helping our community of farmers to access accurate farming information, find markets for their products, share knowledge and stories, and develop their skills,” says Nasiali. “Facebook’s support will enable us to further promote our goal of promoting sustainable agriculture and food security in Africa.”
The programme will also host more than 100 fellows and youth participants from around the globe, who will receive up to $50,000 each to be used for their community initiative. The Kenyan Fellows are:
- Felista Wangari, 52-Week Savings Challenge Facebook Group. The aim is to educate Kenyans about the importance of saving and to provide a platform to share knowledge about money matters.
- Pamellah Oduor of Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals Facebook Group – this community is about families connecting over nutritious, homecooked food, healthier living, and sustainable diets.
- Asha Mweru’s #WomenWorkKE Facebook Group is a community where female entrepreneurs can find help, advice and support as they seek to overcome structural barriers in the world of work and business.
- Caroline Wanjiru Kihusa and her Still A Mum Facebook Group provides support for parents who have lost children to miscarriages, still births and infant deaths.
- The Women and Realities of Disability Society Facebook Group, run by Truphosah Monah, reaches out to disabled people who need support and aims to educate society at large about disability.