YAUDI is a child sponsorship community based organization dedicated to enabling access to education by children living in Baba Dogo Slum in Nairobi, Kenya.Children are entitled to a free, quality basic education. In recognition of this entitlement,the Government of Kenya introduce the free primary education for all program in 2003, and then did the same for secondary education in 2008.However, for most children living in slums in Kenya, access to this education is out of reach.Due to poverty, these children are not getting the basic education they need to become empowered adults who can support their families and their communities out of poverty. That is why YAUDI was established; to empower such children access education so that they can become transformational agents in their communities.YAUDI believes that every child has the potential to achieve their dream sand that the chance of an education is a chance to escape poverty, to change lives and to enhance opportunities. Established in 2015, YAUDI fulfils its vision through its various programs that revolve around Education, Mentorship, Sports and Child Rights Protection. YAUDI’s Programs are ‘SMALLEST LIBRARY IN AFRICA’, ‘NIPELEKE SHULE INITIATIVE’, ‘CHILD RIGHTS SLUM PROTECTION’, ‘CHANGING MY WORLD MENTORSHIP PROGRAM’ and ‘YAUDI FOOTBALL ACADEMY’.Given that education is so important, it’s the cornerstone of YAUDI and the foundation on which all our programs rest.
AIM OF YAUDITo enable access to education by children from poor urban families and slums so that they are empowered to be transformation agents in the society. Since the ratification of free primary education for all in 2002 school enrollment has increased from 10%-70%. However, enrollment has been rather slow and inefficient in urban and rural poor families. School drop out is also in the increase especially at the upper primary level (class 7-8) and secondary school level. The above phenomena are due to different factors which include
Hidden cost/indirect costDue to government lack of funding and late disbursement of funds public primary schools have been forced to levy extra fee to parents in the name of “Hidden cost” . This hidden cost is averagely about 30$ per annum. Majority of urban and rural poor (42%) in Kenya live below the poverty line which is under one dollar a day. Access to basic quality services including education has become a luxury to such kind of household as the meager income is primarily used for food and shelter. The hidden cost therefore doubles the struggle towards access to education as it is estimated today, that over 1 million children are out of school in Kenya. School drop out especially at upper primary level and secondary level is worrisome and poverty has been seen as the major determinant. Education post primary level requires more resource and this means that poor household children are at a higher risk of not finishing the education cycle. Also poverty has made expectation for child labour to be high, making education an opportunity cost since child labour mean extra income to the family
Despite progress being made in promotion of girl education, a lot of girls in Kenya are still much more disadvantaged. With little resources at the family level, majority of families still sees boy education as of more significance compared to that of girl. This and other barriers like child marriage has excluded majority of girls from enjoying the benefits of education Social deviancy among adolescent living in informal settlement is a key area of concern. The adversity of challenges in the slum suffocates the dreams and limits the aspirations of the slum kids. Due to both lack of direction and the necessary skills- on how to overcome this challenges- the slum kid becomes the victim of crime, drugs and substance abuse, early pregnancies and STD’S . This challenge has crippled the entire society as generation after generation find themselves ineffective to overcome the challenges a head. As YAUDI our role is to ensure that the society is transformed by empowering children in informal settlement to realize their potential, to rise above their challenges and to be transformative agents in the society. Our approach to the above role is to advocate for the right to education for every child regardless of family background and gender. This goal is made through our programs such as Nipeleke shule Initiative which supports children from poor background with school fees /indirect cost and other essential academic materials. Our other pillar of approach is mentorship, and our role is to equip children from slums especially adolescent with imperative skills which are needed for survival in such kind of environment. Our mentorship activities touch on leadership, entrepreneurship, sexual reproductive health, drugs and substance abuse and public speaking. Conclusively, YAUDI is a community based organization whose core interest is on children rights since we believe that children are the foundation of a better society.
To see an empowered generation of children who will become transformation agents in the society.
To steer socio-economic change in slums and fight poverty through education, mentorship and child rights advocacy.