Projects

UNYA Kenya's projects are anchored on our four main policy areas that include economic empowerment, human rights, gender equality and social integration. These activities will be implemented with a view to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Below are some of our current projects that have been earmarked for donor support.

EMPOWERING YOUTH TO BECOME JOB CREATORS

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JIAJIRI YOUTH INITIATIVE

The Jiajiri Youth Initiative (JYI) project seeks to mobilize support and build synergy with the government and non-state actors including private sector and financial intermediaries to synthesize and implement a National Youth Enterprise Competition to sensitize and capacity build youth and women on Leadership and Life skills, Entrepreneurship and Financial literacy. The JYI project will culminate into a Youth Enterprise Innovation Award which will offer seed funding of up to 50,000 USD to deserving innovative grassroots youth initiatives that promote Entrepreneurship. The Fund is specifically designed to stimulate youth entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable growth, particularly from the standpoint of a development sector seeking to reinforce its commitment to social impact.

NOT TOO YOUNG TO RUN
The project includes but is not limited to an appraisal of the state of youth activism in Kenya, drawing appropriate lessons from other climes and enabling young people to assume their proper role as informed, passionate and thoughtful activists in their respective counties. Moreover, it grapples with issues which underpin governance through a robust conceptualization and operationalization of citizenship, modes of participation available to youth from voting and making informed decisions at the ballot box, holding elected officials accountable after they are elected, to formal participation in the electoral process by running for office at the local, state or national level. At the very heart of this program is empowerment, agency, flexibility and the creation of a safe space wherein the status quo can be challenged in whatever manner young people deem fit, and the contours and nature of their involvement either as an integral part of the system or a participant on the seeming periphery of the political process can occur on their own terms.

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promoting GOOD GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY

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promoting sexual reproductive health & rights

HEALTHY ACTION INITIATIVE

According to the World Health Organization, at least one woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth every minute – that means 529 000 women a year, the world over. For every woman who dies in childbirth, around 20 more suffer injury, infection or disease. Various reports indicated that over 30,000 women continue to die every year in Kenya from pregnancy-related causes, while hundreds of thousands suffer from maternal disability.

Key reproductive health indicators such as maternal mortality, HIV infection rates, fertility rates and unmet need for contraception reveal a troubling situation particularly among young people. Maternal mortality is high with high incidences affecting young women aged 15 through 19 years. At the same time, Kenya is undergoing demographic shifts, with rapid population growth and a burgeoning youth population.

Poor health indicators in East Africa including Kenya, disproportionately affect the poor and vulnerable people. Low public spending on pro-poor health services feeds a vicious cycle of ill-health and poverty. This initiative is formulated to give priority to common health problems, and will be implemented in ways that are cost effective and meaningful for the benefit of vulnerable youth.

'NILISHE NISOME'

According to a report on Education by UNESCO in 2012, at least one million children are still out of school in Kenya. This project aims to promote Sustainable Development Goal number 1(No Poverty), 2(No Hunger) & 4(Quality Education) by providing meals to school going children from marginalized communities in Kenya. The meals are collected from local restaurants, supermarkets and food courts after being donated by well-wishers and thereafter distributed to schools in the affected areas. This has seen a steady increase in the attendance of children and hence better performance throughout the curriculum. The project is expected to complement the ongoing school feeding program in the country. So far, more than 21000 children received free meals in selected schools through our program between 2015 and 2016.

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KEEPING CHILDREN IN SCHOOL

promoting cultural diversity

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EDUCATIVE SPORTS 4 INTERCULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

The future of any state depends on its ability to foster mutual understanding, while at the same time safeguarding and developing human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Sports are no different in this respect. Played and watched by people from a variety of social backgrounds, it has an educational and socializing effect that makes it an ideal vehicle for intercultural dialogue and social integration. Indeed, when we speak about “integration through sports”, there is wide acknowledgement of the positive contribution sports makes to social integration, for ethnic minorities and immigrant communities in particular. The ES4ID project aims to use sports events as a tool for promoting social integration both culturally and religiously.