Mukuru kwa Njenga youth commissioned to transform slum

November 14, 2015.

57 youth from Mukuru kwa Njenga slum graduated after attending a 12 week training dubbed Pepeta Initiative – a training that has helped them gain practical skills in personal finance management, life skills and group dynamics.

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Members of the AA Motomoto (AMOMO) group pose

With a section working as casual laborers, and others running their own businesses, the youth made lots of sacrifices to complete the course. It was tough but worth it, they revealed:

This training has helped me very much. I didn’t know my work as the treasurer of the group; the training has helped me know how to manage the group’s money. Now we have policies, so the work has become easier because everyone is following the rules – Anastasia, Treasurer Embakasi South Ladies United

According to trainer Geoffrey Githinji, “The training has enabled learners be more aware of inner capacities they can utilize.”

To celebrate, youth from all 5 groups, trainers, church and area leaders as well as World Concern staff gathered at a colorful event with food and dance.

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Imara Daima Deliverance Church Pastor William (in green) has adopted the Tegla Lorupe group for mentorship
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Some time spent in worship

Speaker after speaker at the event termed the graduation as a beginning rather than an ending. “Transformation has just begun. We have been studying about business, about changing our behavior. We want World Concern to be there to witness our transformation,” said Alex Chalo, Chairman of Vijana wa Neema, a pioneer group of Pepeta Initiative training.

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World Concern Africa Area Director presents certificate to a graduate

World Concern Africa Area Director Peter Macharia, who also spoke at the event, told the youth that God knows them and is able to fulfill the plans of their hearts.

You have helped us know how to live with people; if someone is wrong, we can correct him in a good way. You have also helped us know how to save because now when I get 200 shillings, I save 50 shillings, pay debts and spend the remaining amount – Sinaida, member Embakasi South Ladies United

We are very grateful to World Concern and Pepeta Initiative for uniting our group and bringing such training in our slum. We request that you continue coming to help the youth in the slum so that they can become more educated – Omosh, Amomo Group

Each graduate starts this journey with some well-thought group policy documents, strategic and business plans.

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Embakasi South Ladies United poses with World Concern Kenya Country Director Harun and Africa Area Director Peter. The football team, which emerged second in this year’s Nairobi Women’s Cup Championship, took part in the Pepeta Initiative training
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Embakasi South Ladies United was awarded ‘Best Group’ in the just-concluded training. Here, team leader Fransesca Kwamboka goofs around with the group’s gift from World Concern. This dryer will be used in a salon the football team is opening at Mukuru kwa Njenga as a way to generate income for group members.
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Members of Amusha Youth Organization
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The group Tegla Lorupe Self Help group, which operates a car wash business at Nairobi’s Imara Daima estate

World Concern is also assisting them to get mentors, apprenticeship opportunities and counseling where needed. It’s all part of holistic transformation – a journey we’re keen not to miss!

Embakasi South Ladies United emerge second in Nairobi Champions Cup

When Embakasi South Ladies United club regrouped this year, they had one goal: to reach finals or semi-finals of the Kenya women’s football premier league.

8 months later, the Embakasi South Ladies United has emerged second best in the recently concluded Nairobi Women Championship cup.  The one month long competition entailed 16 women football teams in Nairobi battling it out for a trophy and prize money.

The team was formed with the aim of supporting young mothers and girls in Mukuru kwa Njenga slum.

For these girls, playing soccer has meant better time utilization which is helping them keep off vices such as drugs and alcoholism.

Embakasi South Ladies United is one of the 5 youth groups being supported by World Concern through a multi-sector project on entrepreneurship and self awareness which is facilitated by Commons, a Kenyan based organization.

The team’s efforts have paid off so far with the Ksh 100,000 prize money they bagged having emerged second.

According to team members Pauline, Anastasia and Everline, the quarter finals match was their most memorable. “Within the first three minutes of the game we had scored. In the first half, we had two goals and added two more in the second half,” said Pauline.

The team also produced the tournament’s top scorer and goal keeper.

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Nairobi Women Championship Cup Janet Moraa

Janet Moraa , 19 years old, born and brought up in Kisii but now lives in the slums of Mukuru kwa Njenga carried home the Nairobi Women Championship cup best scorer title, a trophy and KSh 25,000 having scored a total of six goals.

Tournament's best goalkeeper Martha
Tournament’s best goalkeeper Martha

Martha Nyaboka, 22 years old, a mother of one who grew up in Mukuru Kwa Njenga has played football since age ten. She carried home the title of the best goalkeeper and pocketed KSh 25,000 as well.

Despite their lack of resources and little support for Women’s football in Kenya, commitment has kept this group going. “Sometimes we play some matches on empty stomachs,” one team member said.

In order to keep their families afloat, most members are resorting to running micro-enterprises during the day, and training for matches in the evening.

World Concern is boosting their incomes by training members in personal finance, group management as well equipping them with skills in running micro-enterprises.

“I no longer feel sad about being in the slums, instead my eyes are open to see the slum population as a ready market only if I begin to sell something relevant and affordable to them,” said Anastacia.

Embakasi Ladies United football club has organized a fundraiser on Saturday November 7th, 2015 to enable members to join computer colleges, dress making and beauty schools in order to improve their skills.

Well done!

Mukuru kwa Njenga comes calling

Sunny, yet so chilly. Nairobi.

In mid-July, World Concern launched The Nairobi Slum Development Programme at Mukuru Kwa Njenga in Embakasi. Tens of representatives from 5 youth groups who are impatient to see positive change attended.World_Concern_Kenya_Mukuru_Kwa_Njenga

The launch was for an multi-sectoral programme in which World Concern is partnering with Commons Agencies, to build capacity in the slums. Youth who had taken part in an earlier Common Agencies’ training programme on self awareness and empowerment dubbed ‘Pepeta Initiative,’ described how it had impacted them:

“When we started out, we were earning about Ksh 5, 000 per month. The 35 of us would share it among ourselves. Now we earn up to Ksh 80,000,” said Alex Kyalo, Chairperson of Vijana Wa Neema self help group.

Together with partners, World Concern will offer Biblically-based life-skills training, Leadership development, Group management, Entrepreneurship, Mentoring, Apprenticeship as well as Addiction and family counseling. We will also empower churches to become agents of reconciliation in their own communities.

In his speech, Kenya Country Director Harun Mutuma emphasized that real transformation comes from Christ, terming that as a distinct area of focus for World Concern’s programme. The programme was then commissioned by Pastor Christopher Maina of LifeSpring Chapel-  Embakasi.

Some photos from the launch, below.

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