UZIMA youth share with each other their experiences of the post election violence - Jan 2008UZIMA Foundation will soon release its first report on the Kenyan post election violence. The report highlights the work that the three UZIMA Foundation field offices in Nairobi, Nyanza and Western Provinces have been doing during.

Some of the successes which are discussed in the report:

  • The Nairobi UZIMA field officers assembled youth leaders from all UZIMA youth groups to a planning committee meeting.
  • The UZIMA Nairobi field officers together with UZIMA youth visited individuals in their houses in Kibera where they counseled and handed them the food vouchers.
  • UZIMA Youth in Nairobi reached out to the disabled, the sick and the old in the community by giving them food and counseling services.
  • UZIMA youth in Nairobi led efforts to clean up Kiberia since no one had taken the initiative to do so after the violence broke out.
  • On 4th February the youths and the field officers had a debriefing session and everyone aired out there views in relation to the post election violence.
  • UZIMA Foundation catered for the lunch and transport of UZIMA youth who volunteered to help in the counseling and distribution exercise for the whole week. They were also given food to take home at the end of the week.
  • The UZIMA Foundation Western Province field office working with Friends in Peace and Community Development (FPCD organized a meeting of the leaders of churches, Boda Boda (bicycle taxis) and Manambas (Public Service Vehicle touts) so as to come together and share experiences in relation to the violence that had rocked the country and forge a way forward.
  • The UZIMA Foundation Western Province field office organized a training workshop which brought together 18 Boda Boda leaders from different areas around Kakamega town and 3 facilitators.
  • The UZIMA Foundation Western Province field office organized a second training workshop which brought together 13 UZIMA youth group leaders and 3 facilitators. They were taken through a similar training as the Boda Boda leaders.
  • The UZIMA Foundation Nyanza Province field office, responded immediately to the situation by first calling it’s Youth leaders for a peace meeting.
  • The UZIMA Foundation Nyanza Province field officer, Jared Nyagwoka, joined other development partners in the District IDP Camp at Ekerenyo where he was appointed as the Vice chairman to the District technical committee.
  • The UZIMA Foundation Nyanza Province field office had a three hours meeting with the leaders of Matatu conductors and touts from Ikonge, Ekerenyo, Kebirigo, Nyamira and all Shoe shiners.
  • The UZIMA Foundation Nyanza Province field office organized a meeting attended by 127 leaders from the five districts. Among the participants who attended were the DC’s from the five districts.