Maji Mazuri’s 2017 Highlights: What your support made Possible

By Janet Kabue

Headstart Academy:
543 pupils from Mathare Valley continue to receive quality education, a meal a day, counseling and talent development. The school had 22 Kenya Certificate for Primary Education candidates who sat for the National Examinations and passed well. They will be joining High school in January.

In October the school had a colorful graduation ceremony for the pre-unit (Kindergarten) class where 70 pupils were promoted from Early Childhood Education (ECD) level to Primary School level. This ceremony celebrates the beginning of the Children’s journey to empowerment through education.

Youth Group and ICT Centre:
The youth group has a membership of 56 young adults from Mathare Valley and Environs. They have been actively participating in community service activities such as awareness campaigns on different issues affecting our community. These include the role of youth in Leadership and good Governance, community dialogue and peace events with the aim of promoting peace and peaceful coexistence before, during and even after the Kenyan elections.

The Capacity Building forums equip the youth and other participants with the relevant skills needed to connect to the job market. In August the group in partnership with Wilsen Initiative conducted a four days capacity building session which focused on; Self-Branding, Entrepreneurship, Role Modeling/Mentorship And Financial Management. In October in partnership with CARE Kenya and Barclays bank the group organized a capacity building forum on Youth employability.

This year, the ICT training Centre has trained 31 youth with either Certificate or Diploma in ICT. 90%of them have already secured jobs and are now working. The ICT Centre is hosted at Maji Mazuri’s Community Centre in Mathare. Eight rooms of the Community Centre have now been constructed. Seven of them are let, and the income from the rent paid continues to support Maji Mazuri Projects.

Green Heroes:
The team continues to create awareness on waste management in the community. The team carries weekly garbage collection every Saturday morning in the community. During the collection exercise the team educates the community on good waste management practices through responsible garbage disposal mechanism among others. This project currently serves over 1000 households Mathare Valley.

Pre- Teens and Teens Project:
This project focuses on identifying and nurturing the talents of the children in Maji Mazuri. This year the group has performed in many platforms including the Kenya National Theatre and Kenya National Museum every month. This exposure has strengthened the member’s self-confidence and builds their self-esteem.

Maji Mazuri Kiserian Schools & Farm:
Due to the rising costs of farming, and challenges in meeting operational costs of the High school and primary school, Maji Mazuri has been leasing these facilities to professionals in the fields of farming and education who share a common goal of empowering vulnerable children through these projects. The schools are currently advertised for lease, and ten acres of farm land are under lease. The premises has two employees who maintain the facilities and look after the cows.

Maji Mazuri children’s Centre:
In addition to providing a loving home environment for Special Needs Children, the home provides Pre-vocational Skills training. In total the home supports 42 children who receive care, physiotherapy, education and Life skills training. 23 are Special Needs Children, 2 are in Primary school, 15 are in different High Schools around the country and 2 are in College.

Thank you for making a difference!
Your support makes it possible for Maji Mazuri to empower children and youth towards a hopeful and secure future.

Interact with Maji Mazuri:
Phone: +254722466971

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