UZIMA youth at a music practice

Location: Pumwani, Nairobi, Kenya
Achievement: Successes in reduction of hopelessness and regaining of self-confidence

UZIMA’s initial interaction seeks to establish rapport with and challenge youth to recognize what strength they have. Thus challenged, the first group of youth, from the Pumwani low income area, recognized that: –

  • They had strength and health and organized jogging clubs to enhance their well-being and held discussions on issues affecting their health e.g. addiction
  • Decided to use their well-being and free time to clean up their environment.
  • From their unpaid-for environmental cleaning up, a garbage collection income-generating venture started;

Key figure: Drug addiction dropped from 80% to below 10% of the participants within 6 months, without a specific drug addiction program.