Project #6241

Educate and Empower Street Children in Kenya

by Zawadi Fund International
Jun 11, 2013

It Takes an Eco-Village

Community Development Workshop
Community Development Workshop

One of the main challenges for programs for street children is a successful transition to independent living once the youth complete their education. With high unemployment, (and no homes to return to) they are at a high risk of returning to the streets. To help young people transition to life on their own the CYEC has developed plans for eco-villages where youth can work and further their skills. After several years of preparation and planning, we are thrilled that the CYEC has started settlement at the first eco-village site in Othaya, about 25 minutes from Nyeri.

Youth from the Centre recently participated in a two-day asset-based community development workshop to help them identify available resources that can be used to develop the14 acre site. The long-term vision is to have an ecologically and economically sustainable community that will serve as a launch pad for the youth. Specific ideas for development include horticulture production, dairy goats, and eco-tourism. Like the CYEC, this will be a model facility for the national program for street-dwelling families.

Othaya site - near the river
Othaya site - near the river
Othaya Shamba
Othaya Shamba

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Organization Information

Zawadi Fund International

Location: Paoli, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Janelle Larson
Director of Zawadi Fund International
Nyeri, Kenya

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