Zawadi Fund International

Zawadi Fund International supports the initiatives of the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre, Nyeri, Kenya. In collaboration with the CYEC, we seek to develop effective and sustainable solutions for the street-dwelling children, including education and enterprise development, to enable these young people to lead fulfilling lives.
Jun 25, 2014

Eco-village development and Bonus Day!

A hut under construction
A hut under construction

Your support has enabled us to make exciting progress at our first eco-village site in Othaya! The eco-village provides a place for the youth to live, work and save as they transition to independent living. Othaya has a beautiful natural environment, and one of our main income-generating activities will be eco-tourism, with hiking, river rafting and biking, as well as agri-tourism. In the past several months we have built traditional huts for guest housing, a kitchen facility, a dining hall and latrines. Several of our young people have worked with skilled workmen to learn traditional building techniques. We already have a booking by a local organization to use the facility in August!

There is also agricultural land at Othaya, currently growing vegetables for the Centre. Four youth live at the eco-village now, and we will soon have capacity for more.

Additional funds are needed to build more housing for the youth and a reception centre for vulnerable children from the local community. Today is a YouthSpark bonus day at Global Giving, so all gifts made will be matched 100%! This is a wonderful opportunity to double the impact of your gift! Please give now!

Huts for guests
Huts for guests
A river for rafting
A river for rafting
A lovely setting!
A lovely setting!
Apr 3, 2014

Turning Trash into Treasure

Electronic waste, primarily from cell phones and computers, is a common problem in the developing world. Toxic chemicals leak from dump sites into water or cause illness for children scavenging waste. Students from Penn State Berks and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology worked together to identify possible productive uses of this waste. After exploring several options, they decided on jewelry. They then trained youth at the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre to safely make jewelry and desk clocks from electronic waste, turning this scourge into a source of income. Youth are considering other items to produce from e-waste including picture frames and magnets. This project made the Kenyan news!


Dec 3, 2013

Youth Enterprises and Giving Tuesday Match

We're pleased to let you know the youth of the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre have been working hard to expand their businesses, earn money and start lives outside of the Centre. The Zawadi Youth Enterprise Programme (ZYEP), founded in 2010 to help youth start businesses, is now host to 25 young entrepreneurs! Youth businesses include charcoal briquettes, agriculture, hay-bailing, animal rearing, tailoring, cooking and small shops. These businesses have helped more than one quarter of ZYEP’s youth achieve financial independence. These youth are able to live outside the Centre and support themselves.

The CYEC recently welcomed its first Peace Corps Volunteer, who has been aiding youth in finding jobs and expanding their businesses. In just a few short months, the Peace Corps Volunteer has helped more than five youth businesses create comprehensive business plans and has secured permanent employment for one youth. 

Over the past few months, many of ZYEP’s entrepreneurs have participated in a number of agricultural and trade shows in Nyeri and Nairobi. These shows offer youth the opportunity to advertise their businesses and attract new customers. The youth are currently preparing for Nyeri County Youth Innovation and Talent Show where they will showcase their businesses and special skills. 

Global Giving, through the support of Microsoft's YouthSpark program, will be matching gifts made Tues. Dec. 3 starting at noon ET (11 am Central) 100%! This is a great (and rare) opportunity to double the impact of your gift! The funds won't last long, so please give now!

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