Monday, 23 December 2013

Slum Soccer Tournament

During the christmas season, when all the kids are off school, things can get a little boring. So we teamed up to create the first Slum Soccer Tournament at the green space we completed in 2012. It was a major success thanks to all the members at Mathare Environmental.

Merry Christmas!!

Slum Soccer Tournament from Nathaniel C. on Vimeo.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Happy Birthday Kenya! Farewell Madiba

Kenya is now officially 50 years old since independence. It is also marked by the loss of a Global hero named Nelson "Madiba" Mandela. I hope his inspiring legacy to bring equality to the human race has left a impression on everyone the way it has on myself. His memory is a incredible example of the impact one can have who lives to bring positive change amongst society.
Here are some images from the past week or so from around Nairobi. We are currently working on the construction of a large poultry farm at the Kamaliza Youth Centre and have a number of other projects on the way :)

Local members caring for the livestock

Kids rolling around on the grass on our outdoor play area in Mathare

 Myself (Nathaniel) and my besty Miriam as we take a break for pictures.

We visited Youth Foundation in Mathare who have been very successful at creating a massive urban garden amongst extreme difficulties. The farm provides sustenance for many slum dwellers just like the young mothers in the background harvesting some greens for lunch.

A lot of passion fruit is almost ready for eating at our green space in Mathare. Long live urban gardens!

Local soldiers at the Kamaliza centre

 Farouk during one of his trainings of youth in Mathare slum who are starting a waste management business. Farouk helps determine what is needed for the number of residents they will be collecting garbage from and what is in that garbage and how it can be transformed into cash $$$

 Nairobi Eastlands, home of many major athletes who go on to be National heroes. Here a young Eric Owuor enters the ring being mentored by none other than Up With Hope's Farouk. 

Dadi taking care of the rabbits at the rabbit farm in our Kamaliza centre. The sustainable protein of the future!

Photos are nice, because they show the dynamics of what is happening on the ground everyday here at Up With Hope. More photos to come!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Roots of the Grass

While we start preparing for 2014, we reflect on this past year with both happiness and sadness. The sharp pain from the tragic loss of one of our Mathare Environmental members is ever present. As we continue to mourn, not just the life of Ndoch but the many others who also passed away this year, the pressure to strengthen our role as youths is as strong as ever.

Though amid the difficult times, positivity is present. Our work continues to bring hope and inspire people who work so hard to bring change.

Our partner Farouk the indestructible who is endlessly mentoring youth is now sharing his expertise with other youth groups starting recycling businesses. He trains them on processing techniques and introduces them to the recycling industries where the youth go to sell recycled material.

The urban agriculture projects are the most exciting as we see the transformation from empty or polluted space to a bustling garden that breeds life. 

There are more photos to post of some our exciting projects as well as concepts for new projects for 2014. We keep the torch burning.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Mr. Cluny!

Up With Hope would like to acknowledge the incredible efforts of our comrad Mr. Cluny Mackenzie over the past few years in Zambia. Cluny is the Director at Shitima School which houses and educates disadvantaged kids from Kabwe. His dedication and spirit towards helping these kids has had a unquantifiable impact in the area. Sports are such an important part of childhood and learning to work together so this image of Cluny on their new soccer pitch is very inspiring. Great work guys!

Here's a video we made in 2012 about the school and organization to learn more :)

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Success in the east :)

Eastvan to Eastlands. These communities are connected in ways that I'm still trying to understand. Their similarities are endless but the differences are humongous. In any city, there is always that neighbourhood where you see the unexpected like a pocket bike towing another pocket bike along a busy road. Or an old man running around in 1970's neon athletic wear, yelling at the top of his lungs about technology. Both communities are bound by countless minorities and cultures which transform it into the most colourful and vibrant part of the city. Except in Eastlands, 70% of the population is 24 and under. And 60% of them have little job security or no job at all. 

So for the past 6 years (what seems like forever) UWH has been using the generous residents of East Van as social leverage to demonstrate what we are able to accomplish when we come together as a community. If you want examples, scroll down the pages of this blog we have been writing for 5 years. 

Saturday October 12 was no exception. People came out in big numbers and donated generously as usual so UWH can continue working with young leaders working to improve the lives of everyone in their community. 

Art work was sold by Nathaniel Cy Canuel (myself) and the drinks flowed. Here are some pics from the night. Stay tuned to see for some great projects in 2014 !! Huge thanks to everyone who helped and came out!! 

Saturday, 12 October 2013


Art for sale tonite to raise funds for Up With Hope.
If you can make it thats great. If not the pics will be up after :) Thanks to everyone who has helped out so far

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Youth and social responsibility

UWH was invited to Moscrop High School last week to engage the senior students in the social justice program. There was minimal time talking about UWH history and projects because the students were very receptive so the class became a group discussion which is always more interesting than one person talking. It was obvious that the students had a keen sense of community and social responsibility so through discussion we talked about what are the elements that create a "community" as well as what it means to "give back". The students had a lot to contribute and it's always good to get the perspective of the younger generation.

Thanks a lot Moscrop! Also thanks to Daniel Tetrault for organizing this for a second year in a row and for keeping our youth informed and opinionated!

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Art for Hope

Up With Hope is having an art show in Vancouver next month. Stay tuned for more!

Monday, 22 July 2013

Kaka on the Map!

Our Partner Kaka was recently featured in an online magazine displaying his efforts as a community leader trying to create an online database by mapping his community with GPS tracking units. His work, along with many others have created a digital map of their community that once showed on maps was a open and undeveloped space. I'll let the article do the explaining! Amazing work Kaka!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Boom Boom Nation_Connecting Communities_East Van to Eastlands!!

Up With Hope has many amazing people and groups who fuel the fire we use as light to follow the path that guides us. One of the greatest parts of working with UWH is the international connections that inspire and support the our effort. The backbone of our power is the young people who are part of positive and meaningful movements that lead to real and visible changes on the ground. The grassroots relationships formed by connecting communities has such an incredible impact it's difficult to quantify or display until you become a part of it. Thats the truth right there.

Look at this video and see the power of bringing communities together who are dedicated to having a powerful impact on their environment and neighbourhoods.

Once more we must be gracious for the relationship we have with The Music Tree who has been with us since day one.

And watch out for the Boom Boom Nation taking over!!

Get out there young people, your community needs you now more than ever!!

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Slum Soccer Success!

A little over a year ago members of UWH and Mathare Environmental Conservation Youth Group decided to remove a mountain of garbage and replace it with a green space available for young people and the community. 
The concept was no small undertaking.
 Typical day moving mountains (by hand) ;)
Goodbye garbage
Do a little paint job
A star member Bena, could teach youth a thing or two about volunteering and trying to give back 
Week one of the first Slum Soccer Pitch. This includes the garden behind the goal post. 
The dust was almost unbearable while playing so what was the best option that didn't involve paving cement?
 We planted four different types of grass to make sure that we had the best chances of having a type that  would survive the conditions. After three to four months of restricted access, the grass had a healthy spread to all corners.

With the Garden flourishing as well, future leader Raphael and his amigos now have a safe place to run around and be free :)

Wednesday, 20 March 2013


Our good friends and partners for a better future have finally released the amazing video of their time in Brazil and the activism and fact finding mission they did at the building of Belo Monte in the heart of the Amazon. Incredible video :)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Monday, 18 February 2013

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Up With Hope 2013

Check out our latest video highlighting all the work with amazing young community leaders. 
Pamoja Tunaeza!

UP WITH HOPE - 2013 from Nathaniel Canuel on Vimeo.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Fundraiser !?

It's almost time for another UWH fundraiser!!

 More info coming soon. Gonna be a good one. 

Friday, 25 January 2013

Environmental Alliance

This is the definition of environmental conservation. The tree along Jogoo RD. in Nairobi was saved when they started building the new Makadara Train Station. 

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Saturday, 12 January 2013


I recently had the opportunity of visiting Western Kenya with our close friends over at Mobile Movement who having been doing amazing work there for the past two years. 

Mobile Movement have teamed up with USAID and Winrock International to create linkages between the groups in rural areas who create a Youth Bunge (Parliament) that has a representative who addresses the issues the groups are trying to face. Essentially in non-development talk, it's a legitimate voice of the youth that can express their needs and plans to the legislative powers of the Kenyan government who have formally recognized this initiative. Youth groups all across the region of Western Kenya are given smartphones that are equipped with technology that allows them to communicate and learn from global networks. 

In the time I was there I was inspired by the new look on life the rural youth were expressing after wrapping their heads around the smartphone technology. 

The county president of Busia district for the Yes Youth Can Bunge Eric Wandera Oketha represents over 60,000 youth. He said;

"Now with this technology, youth are seeing that they don't need to travel to the city or outside of their village to find work. They are realizing that opportunities exist where they are and that they just need to use this technology to help them find the markets which will allow them to become self employed"

I wish more youth worldwide could have this mentality!

The youth groups start income generating activities they can advertise worldwide with the smartphone technology. This group in Budalangi constituency rears pigs which they sell locally. 

Myself and the and the ultra cool youth of Mbale

Im gonna let the video I made do the bulk of the explaining because thats what video does best!