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 14, 2011

CYEC Children Learn to Plan and Save & 19 October Bonus Day

Since August, primary aged children at the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre have been participating in the Aflatoun program.  Aflatoun empowers children to make positive changes in their lives by helping them develop self awareness and encouraging them to plan, while older children in the program learn to save and develop basic entrepreneurial skills.  Activities in the curriculum include crafts, music and games, so children have fun while they're learning!

Your support makes this possible! This Wednesday, 19 October, is a Global Giving Bonus Day, meaning your gift will be increased by 30%!  In addition, GlobalGiving is giving $1,000 to the organization that raises the most money - every gift helps!  This is a great opportunity to make your support go further!

Sep 18, 2011

CYEC Drop-In Centre Reaches Nyeri Street Youth

Friends at the new Drop in Centre
Friends at the new Drop in Centre

Since June, the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre has been partnering with the Nyeri YMCA to establish a new drop in centre for street-dwelling Nyeri youth.  This drop in centre enables us to reach more vulnerable young people and connect with the local community.  The YMCA is conveniently located near downtown Nyeri and has some agricultural land, making it an ideal location.

CYEC staff and volunteers operate the drop-in centre from 8.30 a.m. through 4.30 p.m., and the youth work in the shamba (fields) in the morning and have arts programming and life skills development in the afternoon.  The program started with five youth, and has now grown to 12 youth who come on a daily basis with another five to six who come occasionally. 

Your support helps us with this outreach effort!  We send a big thank you to the Kansas State students who worked with us in June and July to get the drop-in centre off the ground!

Kansas State students with youth
Kansas State students with youth
Jun 13, 2011

PSU & KSU students work at the CYEC & 15 June Bonus Day

Students from Penn State have just completed three life-changing weeks working at the CYEC, while Kansas State students have started their two months at the Centre.  The Penn State students were involved in a number of projects: working with the youth in the youth cooperative as they develop their agriculture production and business skills (http://pennstateinkenya2011.weebly.com/class-blog.html), teaching the youth to turn computer waste into jewelry (http://ewasteatpsu.wordpress.com/) and testing a life skills curriculum (http://kenya-believe.blogspot.com/).  These projects are all geared to help the youth develop the skills (both personal and professional) they’ll need to lead independent lives.

The Kansas State students are primarily working at the CYEC drop-in centre, running programs in arts and agriculture.  They’re also helping with the pre-school program, tutoring and extra-curricular activities at the Centre (http://web.me.com/aberke/Kupenda_Kenya/Welcome.html). 

As you’ll see when you browse the students’ blogs, they learn and grow through their experience there, and the relationships formed between the US students and the CYEC children and youth enrich them all.  While the students bring a great deal of enthusiasm and expertise to their work with the CYEC, the funds to implement their projects at the Centre come from supporters such as you!  Your funds help as they buy arts materials, build rabbit hutches and construct new goat pens.  This Wednesday, 15 June, is a Bonus Day on Global Giving, so your gift then will be worth an additional 30%! Please give what you can!

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