Ds max foundation was established in1997 by its founder Gerishom Okonda, with 17 other youth. From a humble beginning, ds max foundation was started from an open public park under a tree. Having been touched by the rate of employment in Kenya, Gerishom Okonda initiated a program to help the youth in Kenya to establish small scale entreprises.
With Kshs 6000, ($80).Gerishom, started an entrepreneurship training program under a tree at uhuru public park. The program was aimed at empowering the youth to become Self-reliant, responsible members of the society and inspiring them to make a positive contribution to the up coming generations.
The program targets two areas:-
Instilling in them a VALUE-BASED education which involves the training of the heart AND SKILL-BASED education which involves the training of the hands.
The training of the heart (values) includes character education, leadership, Positive attitude, inter-personal skills, Communication and general social ethics.
The training of the hands involves pure positive business practices, through internships, fieldwork trainings. This quarantees their graduation from INCOMPETENCE to COMPETENCE levels.
Since 1997, the foundation has transformed over 47,000 young people both direct and indirectly. Most of them are now running their own businesses while others have secured better employment in large corporates.
We are currently running mentorship programs in Learning institution, Welfares societies, youth community groups and corporates.