Sunday, 15 November 2015


It seems the years are getting more and more intense with time. Up With Hope has been in the Youth game for a while now and I can't tell if it's getting easier or harder. One thing is for sure and that is the world is starting to slowly wake up to the fact that supporting youth will definitely make a brighter future. 

Was really proud to be part of the first ever Asian Pacific Youth Summit in Indonesia.


For 3 days youth from all over the Asian Pacific region met in Jakarta and discussed about urbanization issues and our different roles we play in the society. Of course I made a short video!

 In Trujillo, Peru I learned about the fantastic work Rasa Joven is doing to bring hope back to the youth of the area who live in very difficult situations.
Rasa Joven gives contemporary dance classes to youth in different communities. They also have their also built their own schools and do community awareness programs for domestic sustainability.
Peru is an incredible country. Working on the video right now!

So not to down play this event but I guess this is all chronological. UN-HABITAT has released two reports on our community work together with Mathare Environmental Conseravtion Youth Group who has been changing the community since 1997. Get the reports here and here. Kind of a big deal.

 We presented the reports and findings at the Urban Thinkers Campus in Geneva. A huge thanks to Tone Vesterhus (pictured above) who spent 2 months in Mathare doing research on our projects and came up with amazing results. 

 The reports released by UN-HABITAT. Obviously we are proud :). 
Now watch the video we made to go with the report

 Meanwhile in Nairobi things are happening. Getting more visitors and partners. There was a week long tournament that had a free medical camp and feeding program. Just keeping the kids engaged at least. 

 A local hero who has since moved far and away to achieve his dreams and inspires the kids to do the same. Bigs thanks to Wachira and his wife for this day. Reach for the stars!

 Feeding program. The women of the community play a huge roll in keeping the kids fed!
A big thanks is due here to Fredrick Mwaura for believing in us.

 No shortage of smiles!

 The Mathare team invited to play against the UN team. Two games have been played each side winning one. A tie breaker is due...

Thats it for now... Time to hit the beach!

Saturday, 26 September 2015

UWH DISPATCH - September 2015 - Safaricom - Solar Lights - Rwanda

Around 6:30 I start to look towards where the sun is setting. Usually it's blocked by big buildings or walls and I see bright colours bouncing off clouds. This is my favourite time of day but rarely do I find myself sitting back with an icy drink taking in a fresh breath of air. Whether I am shooting video, doing someone a favour, or sitting in the back of the bus to do all of the above, I seem to be addicted to my life. The last time i had a good chunk of time off was years ago. Up With Hope is still alive in the depth of my entire existence. I hang on to hope as I walk past hungry kids passed out on the road, I hang on to hope when I shovel dirt into my friends graves and I hang on to hope as I wake up everyday to try and be a positive force in this world. 

Lot's of times kids want me to take their pictures and I wish I could give them the pics 

Live Music serenading us and the community while we work on the field. 

We partnered with Safaricom Foundation who donated some big terraces for the field

We also partnered with Philips who has installed solar power lights.

Now when the power goes off in the community the only light that shines is Slum Soccer! 

We download cartoons and watch them with the kids - this is my favorite work :)

Lots of visitors with no shortage of questions

Little Acts of Kindness youth outreach program that visited all the primary schools in Mathare to bring some positivity and leadership to the young kids before exams.

Big Up all the kids in Mathare!

 UN Mission to Rwanda with the Secretary General's Envoy on Youth to check out the youth situation. My video here! 

 The Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi during our mission to Rwanda when we hit the Congolese border
Rwanda was an incredible place. I am happy to have visited and learned about what incredible spaces they are building for young people there. 

Got some projects going with the United Nations bringing ICT space to young people all over Kenya. Learn more here

INNOVATE KENYA 2015 from Nathaniel C. on Vimeo.

Thursday, 13 August 2015


Yesterday we hosted #YOUTHDAY at Slum Soccer. It was an amazing day as community members battled it out for the trophy. International Youth Day saw youth uniting from all around the world to raise our voices and take action. Thanks for everyone who organized and participated. This new space has been so vital for bringing the community together. Giving youth space to be active and call their own will help bring positive development for future generations. Without their own space many youth will perish into a toxic life with no future.