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.
Oct 7, 2014

Young Authors at the CYEC

Excited to write!
Excited to write!

Like children everywhere, children at the CYEC love to express themselves through coloring and story-telling. However,  these children often don't have an outlet for their creativity. This past summer, several Penn State students helped establish a program at the Centre that enables children to write, illustrate and publish their books.

Many students wrote about their lives on the street before they came to the CYEC. Some of the stories are hard to believe, and leave us in awe of the strength, hope and resiliency of these children. They are bright and hardworking, and it’s our hope that this project will help them gain much-deserved confidence in their intelligence and creativity. One girl, Margrete, told us more specifically about her motivation for writing her story, “Fate of Love.” “I love reading novels, and so I wanted to create my own, with realistic characters and a long, exciting plot.” 

The book-publishing program continues, allowing these children to tell their own stories to the world.

So proud of their books!
So proud of their books!

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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!

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