COBURWAS International Youth Organisation to Transform Africa (CIYOTA)

CIYOTA seeks to unite, transform and develop communities in Africa through education, volunteerism, humanitarianism, social leadership and entrepreneurship.
Nov 20, 2014

Our students' Performance

Our students’ performance

By Tisiya Mahoro-COBURWAS, ambassador in South Africa

Busisi one of the first students

Arriving From Slovakia, Busisis Jeanbat, CIYOTA Students,  Busisi one of the first students who were enrolled into the CIYOTA High school hostels in 2008, currently a student at the African Leadership Academy arrived on July 26, 2014 from second edition of LEAF Summer Leadership Camp, in Cunovo, Slovakia. As a former head prefect of CIYOTA hostels and refugee youth leader, Busisi shared his leadership experiences, learnt and practiced skills on real-life problems with other 30 other youth leaders from across the globe. He had a chance to discuss the stories of leadership and potentials in all youth.

Busis and,Mahoro also CIYOTA graduate and project leader, founder of Voyager ( for empowering children to develop communities by embracing their culture) after graduating from African Leadership Academy we hosted a COYOTA leadership summer program of 25 high school students to inspire and support participants to come up with feasible social entrepreneurship ideas to address the challenges facing their communities. We are delighted to have some students from the hostel organizing Leadership seminar that is going to take place in January with spirit of sharing the knowledge with those who are not able to access the knowledge. Students are determined to use scarce resources to achieve their dreams of making change in their communities.

About 100 students, boys and girls like Busisi and Mahoro are in school following the footstep of these two students. Our challenge still is the accesses to books to enable them excel and achieve their dreams. We are all proud of these students and together with our supporters; we are committed to develop every student to become a responsible leader who will solve complex challenges in African communities.

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Jul 28, 2014

Our students performance

Busisi one of the first students
Busisi one of the first students

Arriving From Slovakia, Busisis Jeanbat, CIYOTA Students,

Busisi one of the first students who were enrolled into the CIYOTA High school hostels in 2008, currently a student at the African Leadership Academy arrived yesterday on July 26, 2014 from second edition of LEAF Summer Leadership Camp, in Cunovo, Slovakia. As a former head prefect of CIYOTA hostels and refugee youth leader, Busisi shared his leadership experiences, learnt and practiced leadership skills on real-life problems with other 30 other youth leaders from across the globe. He had an opportunity to discuss the stories of leadership and possibilities in all youth.

Together with Mahoro Tisiya, another CIYOTA student, founder of Voyager ( for empowering children to develop communities by embracing their culture) who has just graduated from African Leadership Academy will host a COYOTA leadership summer program of 25 high school students to inspire and support participants to come up with feasible social entrepreneurship ideas to address the challenges facing their communities.
We are all proud of these students and together with our supporters; we are committed to develop every student to become a responsible leader who will solve complex challenges in African communities.

Mar 24, 2014

Providing hope for refugee youth

Dear friends and supporters,

As the CIYOTA calendar year of activities enters into its first quarter, we at the COBURWAS Hostels have commenced the first academic term for 2014. Humbly share with us this brief journey thus far.

With a humble start in 2008, the CIYOTA hostel had 18 girls and 10 boys sharing one house; caring for themselves. Over the years, the hostels have seen many of its students from needy communities including; the homeless, orphans and refugees finish primary, secondary into tertiary institutions in and outside Africa.           

This year has seen us move into bigger and spacious hostels with an increased number of students to 70 girls and 90 boys selected from different refugee camps of Kyangwali, Kyaka and Rwamwanja. By providing accommodation, medication and food to students from surrounding areas that would otherwise attend inadequate schools, we remove geographic barriers to education. Students who stay at the hostels benefit from a strong sense of community and mutual support.

We structured programs and all scheduled activities reflecting our focus on functional education, social entrepreneurship and socially responsible leadership. We hold trainings and have had competitions in formal debating, soccer and netball. We have guest presentations on life skills and social entrepreneurship and our students have showcased three projects including paper file making, bed sheet designing and modern small scale horticulture, though we are yet to reach out to the market with the current and other products as an income source. All our students participate in our entertainment sessions involving showcasing songs, dances, and poems reflecting their cultural backgrounds.

It is in our plans to better our feeding, have a fully equipped and manned sick-bay, and install fully stocked and furnished reading spaces and we plan to have our students go for educative trips and participate in more community works.

May you be strengthened and abundantly enriched as we partake in this great social transformation mission.

The primary need addressed by the hostel-lack of access to quality education-is prevalent. We envision one day spreading our hostel model to other communities throughout the world. For us to continue supporting youth, we need YOU, your friends, your family, your co-workers, church members, and neighbors to help us raise $10,000 by June 30th, 2014! This will not happen without you! Please tell your friends, family, co-workers, church members and neighbors. Ask them to invite 10 friends to give and tell them why you gave. Post the link on your Facebook page, tweeting or emailing or anything else you can think of!

Thank you again for allowing CIYOTA transform communities in Africa by preparing, developing, and empowering a unified group of young leaders to tackle the greatest challenges facing our communities.

Sincerely,

COBURWAS Team

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