Monday, 12 December 2016

Youth Engagement at Habitat 3

Here is a dispatch from Ecuador where Up With Hope presented on youth best practices. We are committed creating opportunities for youth who were critical to the success of the Habitat III Conference. See what they did!

Youth Engagement at Habitat 3 from Nathaniel C. on Vimeo.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

In Memory of Farouk Omondi

Dear Farouk
Today a very large piece of me is missing because one of my best friends has passed on. The entire Youth community is mourning from such a devastating blow. You are a champion for change and the service you gave to improving the environment and promoting youth entrepreneurship will never be replaced by anyone or anything. The recycling centre we built will always give me pride from the long hours together making it run. We faced a lot of challenges but at times things worked very well and in those moments we saw our dreams come to life.

(A short video can be seen here of daily operations when running full force at the centre)

From the time that we knew each other our lives changed a lot. You could always be depended on and the times you helped me personally is more than I can remember.  I always tried to be there for you when in need. I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there for you this last time. You left me with so much experience. The things you believed in are the things I believe in. We loved cooking together and you taught me Swahili, boxing and how to always succeed when you don’t always have everything you need.  Watching you raise a family made me want to be a Dad. Your dedication to working hard each day will always be a reminder when I wake up in the morning. The world needs more people like you, not less.


Farouk I will always hold you very close in my heart for the brotherhood you showed me and so many others. I think it’s true value will only appreciate with time. I am devastated that we can’t work together anymore but I promise I will keep going with the extra power you always had. You are what legends are made of and will remain one forever. 

God rest your soul in peace. 

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Habitat 3 and the New Urban Agenda

Wow too long since a post!

Trying to fundraise and keep the fight going!!

We are currently in Quito, Ecuador trying to spread the gospel about UWH and learning about other innovations in the youth sector.

Learn more about the Habitat 3 conference here.

More pics soon!!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Mobile Internet

A recent visit to the centre is stirring things up with the latest technology called BRCK. A mobile modem that helps connect young people to the online world.

Read about the visit here!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016


Wow no posts for too long :( Working hard to keep the fire burning

Thanks to everyone who made this project possible and for who is using the spaces.

INNOVATE KENYA from Nathaniel C. on Vimeo.

and some very nice news piece :)

(: Peace and Love to all the youth worldwide :) 

Friday, 22 January 2016

Innovate Kenya

For the past year I kept saying I would write about a certain project we have been working on with UN-HABITAT and SAMSUNG. Now that things are underway I can elaborate a little more about this awesome project we are a part of.

Innovate Kenya is the name of the project and it’s aim is to engage more youth in ICT (Information Communication Technology) and provide a space that can promote learning and entrepreneurship. Along with 5 other sites in Kenya, we were given funds to renovate a space in our centre and were provided with laptops and other goodies from Samsung. The program also has an E-Learning platform that allows a user to study online with the University of Fraser Valley and be given diplomas for courses such as Project Management and Community Mapping.

Although some of the community members we have do not know how to turn such a machine on, we have started classes on basic computer skills that are being taught by some of the top programmers in the country (one of them a young girl who was born and raised in the community). This space will help the 200 plus young people who are engaged in our centre to connect with the rest of the world and not only find opportunities but create them themselves.

We are very excited to be beneficiaries of this project and give a HUGE thank you to UN-HABITAT and SAMSUNG for supporting us. This will allow for many more youths to engage in positive activities that will give them desirable skills to take to the job market.