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.
Thursday, 11 June 2015
On the loose in Nairobi City. Spreading the UWH vibe high and low all over. Trying to get people help us build more space for youth!
UNEP - UNHABITAT Offices at the UN Africa HQ. It's an amazing facility. I feel like I'm in a Steven Soderbergh movie when I'm there. So many amazing people from around the world work there and I am very happy that these days people are now talking about the importance of creating public spaces, especially for youth!
Non stop soldiers from the region of Makadara, Mbotela.
Kamaliza Environmental Youth Group.
Expanding the local school. Farouk Omondi showing how its done as usual.
Little Acts of Kindness (LAOK) is doing amazing things in Mathare by helping people in Sports, Health, Culture, Education and outreach. A Sunday Power Session at Good Samaritans Children's Home in Mathare. Getting live with FIREBRAND and #TEAMLAOK. The kids here are so amazing. They life such difficult lives. Somethings I never could imagine.
These kids need a playground!!
Mathare Youth dominating the urban agriculture techniques
National Youth Service has made Mathare very lively these days. Everyone you know walks around in green shirts carrying this and that. They are still building new spaces for the community. These youth are responsible for removing nearly 4,000 truck loads of waste out of the community. Currently they are building a clinic, posho mill, toilet and a police station. Thats only in Mlango Kubwa. There are plenty of projects in the other villages.
New friends have come to the Mathare Social Hall to teach Yoga for free on saturdays at 8AM.
Finally found the skatepark in Kenya. Thanks to my new friend Kevo whose passion for skateboarding brings back the kid I was. Kevo rolled his ankle badly on sunday while flying off a barrier in the middle of Moi Ave. (The main busy road in the City Centre). We had to carry him up to his bus. As he limps onto the bus he exclaims with a giant grin "THIS IS THE LIFE!"