Author: Patrick Odongo (Patrick Odongo)

Why Ugali Youth?
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Why Ugali Youth?

Ugali is not a meal by itself but is served together with traditional vegetables, different kinds of meat and sauces. Ugali Youth Organization is the ‘meal’ that is being dished out to the needy youth. We seek to replenish vulnerable youth in our society by meeting them at the point of their deepest needs. Since ugali needs to be accompanied by stew, meat or vegetables, our partners, volunteers, donors, and other stakeholders are the ‘stew’ needed to make us complete so that we can collectively be able to fully meet the needs of the vulnerable youth in the various projects represented here.

Adopt-A-School
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Adopt-A-School

Why adopt a school in the midst of Kenyan slum: Schools in low-income areas of Kenya are a safe haven for children whose parents are away from home, working as best they to provide for them. Through these schools, we seek to nurture the whole child, going beyond daycare and basic education, to provide nutritious meals, mentoring and a place where they can make friends, play and pray.

There are only four public schools in the Mathare slum, often with over 50 students in each classroom, Ugali Youth works to support these students with resources and mentoring to help them succeed.

Nuru Centre
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Nuru Centre

Why bring "Nuru" to the underprivileged: “Nuru means Light in Swahili”

For the past 20 years, the people of Nuru Centre have worked with the children, youth and parents in Mathare, under the leadership of Pastor Steve. Our dream is for Nuru Center to become a multi-level community center housing a church, school and training center, and a community restaurant. The Nuru Center will be a bright contrast to the current conditions of Mathare.

Our goal is to help 500 young people rise above the horrific poverty that surrounds them. Your gift can help the Nuru Centre give orphaned and the poorest of poor children welcoming, safe classrooms, nutritious meals, life skills, and a vision for a better life. We hope that through this nurturing care they will become Kenya’s leaders for tomorrow.

Child Sponsorship
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Child Sponsorship

Why sponsor a child: When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy and relief they feel are indescribable. Sponsoring a child is a personal way to show God's love to a child in need. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares for them means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child in need will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well. For $35 a month, you'll help that child and their community, and when you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately two weeks.

Leadership Camp
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Leadership Camp

Why Ugali is preparing leaders of tomorrow through leadership Camps, seminars, training, and other events that equip children and youth with leadership and life skills they need to discover purpose. We know its equally important, and studies show that young people thrive in all aspects of their lives and are buffered from the effects of adversity when they have access to a web of supportive and meaningful relationships.

Navigate 360@Mentorship Program
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Navigate 360@Mentorship Program

Why Ugali strives to positively mold young minds: Young people throughout the world need attentive guidance to become adults who have reached their full potentials in life. This guidance can come through both formal and informal mentoring from caring adult role models.

Kenya’s youth are in life circumstances that make mentoring even more important in their development. They lack resources-- both physical things and supportive people-- to help them. Resources and support are what Ugali Youth seeks to supply through these mentoring programs: It is the spirit of Ubuntu at its best!

Project 25 Schools in 2020
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Project 25 Schools in 2020

Bringing hope to the youth: We seek to bring mentoring into 25 schools in 2020 to help children and youth learn how to have healthy family relationships, the foundation for a better future for them—and for Kenya. Studies have proven that mentoring youth can result in positive outcomes associated with academic achievement, physical health, socioemotional competence, and improved decision-making skills and goal-setting self-efficacy. However, naturally occurring mentoring relationships may not be easily accessible for many youths.

A Little Gift Goes a Long Way
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A Little Gift Goes a Long Way

$35 Monthly will help support Elementary Education Sponsorship
$75 Monthly will help support High School Grade 9-12 Education Sponsorship
$95 Monthly will help Continuing Education Sponsorship
$50 annually will help support one child attend mentoring programs, such as Leadership Camps
$125 will help support a child at the Nuru Center with clean water, food and healthcare.
$425 Annually will help support Education Education Sponsorship
$760 Annually will help support High School Grade 9-12 Education Sponsorship

Jump Rope Association of Kenya (JRAK)
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Jump Rope Association of Kenya (JRAK)

Jump Rope Association of Kenya (JRAK) is a nonprofit youth-based sports organization located in Nairobi. We are young change-agents who use professionalism, physical literacy, and rope-skipping skills to mobilize, harness and transform youths’ creative potential for both personal and social transformation. Through the art of rope-skipping we enhance the development of relational, social, emotional and spiritual intelligence required for succeeding in the challenging backgrounds from which some our children come. We currently serve 60 jumpers, primarily girls ages 6 to 18.

We are seeking $10,000 to fund this program for a year. We rope in students to jump into a better future.

Jump Rope Association of Kenya
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Jump Rope Association of Kenya

Jump Rope Association of Kenya (JRAK) is a nonprofit youth-based sports organization located in Nairobi. We are an initiative of young change-agents with a desire to use professionalism, physical literacy and rope-skipping skills as leverages for mobilizing, harnessing and transforming youths’ creative potential for both personal and social transformation. The organization was established in early February 2010.