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About CYEN -Korogocho

The Children and Youths Empowerment Network (CYEN-Korogocho) is a community based organization (CBO) based in Korogocho, Kenya. The organization was formed on July 2009 and got registered on January 29th 2010 under the Ministry of Gender and Social Services. It was formed and is run as a partnership between the Youths and the adults in the slums.

Mission

Mission

Creating a safe community through youth empowerment and the use of participatory methodologies including drama, dance and soccer while advocating for the equitable distribution of educational and employment opportunities to all children and youth respectively, in Korogocho.

CYEN-Korogocho Objectives

Objectives

  • To provide a forum for the exchange of information on the problems affecting Children and Youths in Korogocho.
  • To encourage and assist the creation of local networks in all the regions of Korogocho.
  • To promote good leadership and governance at individual and institutional levels.
  • To nurture the artistic talents within the Youths for socioeconomic and personal development.
  • To facilitate Youths empowerment initiative and promote peer education for the Children and Youths of Korogocho.
  • To educate and advice parents to care for their Children.
About CYEN-Korogocho
Mission
Objectives

About Children and Youth Empowerment Network

The Children and Youths Empowerment Network (CYEN-Korogocho) is a community based organization (CBO) based in Korogocho, Kenya. The organization was formed on July 2009 and got registered on January 29th 2010 under the Ministry of Gender and Social Services. It was formed and is run as a partnership between the Youths and the adults in the slums. Like most developing country urban slums, Korogocho suffers from a myriad of socio-economical problems like crime, extreme poverty, abuse of drugs, unemployment, alcoholism and many other social developmental ills. The above mentioned problems have led to disillusionment among the residents and in particular among the youths who are trapped in a never-ending cycle-of-poverty, increased crime and lack of opportunity. It is response to these problems that CYEN- Korogocho was formed to ensure that women, men, girls and boys can live, work, go to school, move around and socializes without fear of harm. Korogocho, which means shoulder to shoulder in Swahili, is one of the largest slum neighborhoods in Nairobi, Kenya, its home to approximately 300,000 people crammed in an area covering 1.5 square Kilometres.

CYEN-Korogocho realizes that participatory methodologies, such as drama and dance capture the attention of the youths and encourage behavioral change while Sports activities instill discipline amongst the youths and keep them from engaging in illegal activities in the slums. Recreation activities which are practically non-existent in Korogocho will also provide an excellent forum for discussion on topical issues that affect the youth. Most of the youth in Korogocho lack appropriate communication skills, self esteem, grooming, etiquette and attitude. This reflects in their current personality make up that renders them as unemployable even at the entry level.  Through drama, dance and soccer CYEN-Korogocho plans on providing all this to the youth in Korogocho so that they can resume normal livelihoods. CYEN-Korogocho is currently operating under the umbrella of African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN).

The organization runs three programs which include:

  • Home Based Day Care Centres run by the women in the slums
  • Creative Arts and Sports Training
  • Entrepreneurship Training

Mission

Creating a safe community through youth empowerment and the use of participatory methodologies including drama, dance and soccer while advocating for the equitable distribution of educational and employment opportunities to all children and youth respectively, in Korogocho.

Objectives

  • To provide a forum for the exchange of information on the problems affecting Children and Youths in Korogocho.
  • To encourage and assist the creation of local networks in all the regions of Korogocho.
  • To promote good leadership and governance at individual and institutional levels.
  • To nurture the artistic talents within the Youths for socioeconomic and personal development.
  • To facilitate Youths empowerment initiative and promote peer education for the Children and Youths of Korogocho.
  • To educate and advice parents to care for their Children.