CodeHack Program

CodeHack is an initiative by Pwani Teknowgalz that targets young girls and women aged 17 – 28 years from marginalized communities in Mombasa, to learn employable technology skills in Website and Mobile Development, Graphics Design, Digital Marketing, Basic Digital Literacy Skills, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Machine Learning Having worked with girls in High school through programs such as Technovation and Africa Code Week, we have noted with great concern that girls who are passionate about technology yet from humble backgrounds, remain idle with little hope to pursue their passion in Technology upon completion of high school. Through CodeHack we buttress their aspirations which are consequently actualized.Pwani Teknowgalz has witnessed the invaluable impact their effort to provide women access to technological skills has had. Indeed there is no doubt that the influence is far-reaching. Such women, upon acquiring the digital skills, multiply the impact by reinvesting back into their families as well as mentoring fellow women in their communities. We believe that by providing young women with skills in mobile application development through CodeHack advances their economic empowerment. Moreover, it equips them with relevant skills and confidence to be part of developing technology solutions rather than being consumers.

Program Process

Call for Application

An open call for application is made after every three months for girls and young women from marginalized communities and have completed high school to apply. We work with community leaders in the target areas in Mombasa which include; Kisauni, Changamwe, Likoni, Mvita, Kwale, and Bamburi. The leaders assist in identifying the girls and support them in the application process

Selection Process

The Selection process is done by the Pwani Teknowgalz executive team who are passionate to support girls and young women to acquire employable skills in technology.  Priority is given to applicants from humble families with a passion for technology and using technology for self-sustainability and economic empowerment.


After the selection of the applicants, successful applicants are invited for an interview. The process of verifying the accuracy of information is submitted. We work with our partners and a community leader to select the well-deserved applicants. After the interview, selected applicants are invited to begin the 3-months long learning program.

Parents Notification

We reach out to parents of the selected applicants to inform them of the benefits of the program to their daughters. This is done in a bid to prompt parents to support their daughters during the three months by creating time for them to attend the classes and providing them transport to attend the classes. The program is partly funded by partners and donors.

CodeHack Ambassadors

Charity Wanjiku

Co-founder - COO :Strauss Energy Ltd.

Ms.Charity is a vibrant entrepreneur with a keen interest in the renewable energy and construction spaces. She is co-founder of Strauss Energy Ltd., an award-winning energy enterprise that seeks to alleviate energy poverty in Kenya and Africa at large. Ms. Charity is a TechWomen Fellow, registered architect and project manager. She’s also alumni of Babson College’s Centre for Women Entrepreneurs. She indulges in the building and energy industry through reduction of poverty by affording everyone a solar powered roof that can also generate passive income for their home. In 2018, Ms. Charity was listed in Forbes “Top 50 Women in Tech in the World” and awarded “African female tech entrepreneur” by the World Economic Forum in 2017. She was also nominated as “Business Woman of the Year” by the All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in the same year. Ms. Charity was also one among 40 most influential women in Kenya under the 2016 Business Daily “Top40Under40”. Not one to shy away from a good challenge, and to maintain a healthy balance in life, she enjoys the outdoors and a good hiking challenge is always welcome. In addition, Ms. Charity mentors young women and women entrepreneurs who seek to take up challenging STEM careers that will aid in changing the world for the better.

Adelle Onyango

Founder: The Adelle Onyango Network & The Adelle Onyango Initiative

Ms. Adelle Onyango is a Kenyan media personality, podcaster & social activist who has gained international recognition for her efforts to empower African women and youth. She has been celebrated as one of Facebook’s 2019 Icons of Change; Africa Youth Awards 100 Most Influential Young Africans for 2019; OkayAfrica’s 100 extraordinary African women for 2018; and BBC’s 100 inspirational and innovative women in the world for 2017. Her podcast Legally Clueless was dubbed the most popular Kenyan podcast of 2019. She is also the founder of the Adelle Onyango Initiative and organization that creates programs to equip African youth with skills for the current job & business environment, as well as gives women who have survived rape access to a free group therapy program.

Khadija Abdul

Manager Grow with Google Kenya

Ms. Khadija is muslim lady from Mombasa passionate about using technology as an agent of change. With nearly 8 years of working experience in tech, marketing, education & advertising, She has led diverse teams to deliver results for regionally and globally-renowned brands in the private sector – currently at one of the world’s foremost technology companies: Google. Khadija has a deep service orientation and extremely strong financial, interpersonal, project, relationship, and general management skills – forged in both her personal business ventures &  professional career. Managing the Grow with Google programs in 5 countries across Eastern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia) she has implemented social impact-oriented projects in education, youth employment, gender equality, online safety, e-commerce, health, and agriculture (food security)where she has gained skills that taught me how to be highly organised, work collaboratively in a team or alone and motivated to tackle different challenges in the ecosystem. In my role, Khadija has also cultivated relationships with key clients such as National Youth Service, University of Nairobi , and Safaricom Kenya which resulted in a 75% increase in numbers trained in East Africa.

Support the Program

Pwani Teknowgalz is looking for individuals, partners, organizations, and companies to financially cushion the girls and young women from humble backgrounds to acquire employable digital skills. The charges for every girl to participate in this program is $300 or Kes 30,000. Support Codehack to equip girls with skills that will give them an opportunity to financially empower themselves and their families. This will go along way in having more women contribute to the digital economy through skills acquired.

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