Welcome To YAUDI
You and Us Development Initiative – Lighting up opportunities for children and Youths
Welcome To YAUDI Organization
Majority of Kenyan Urban population live in the informal slum where access to basic human needs like food, shelter, clothing, sanitation and education is a big challenge. Children and Youths growing up in such settings are the most vulnerable hence continuous cycle of poverty one generation after another.
Baba dogo and lucky summer wards are such kind of communities where children and young adults are trapped by the systems that hold urban poverty. YAUDI works to address pressing issues affecting children and youths living in informal settlements of Baba dogo and Lucky summer wards.
Areas Of Focus
You And Us Development Initiative was Founded in 2014 by Cyril Otieno immediately after graduating with a Diploma in Community development and Project planning from Regional Institute of Business Management.
Growing up in Mugure slums, Cyril encountered a lot of social –economic challenges which included being chased away from school due to lack of school fees. Sometimes food was rear at home forcing him and his peers to look for alternative ways of getting something to eat. Doing odd jobs like looking for scraped metals to sale became the order of the day and life became even tougher has he transited to adolescent and teen. Around 2011 while still in High school, some of his peers started engaging in criminal activities as they were attracted to the flashy life lived by other gang members whom to them were role models. This was preceded with young people being killed in the line of crime by either mob justice or police.
In the same year of 2011, Cyril founded a garbage collection group that would help his peers and him meet their individuals needs from the garbage proceeds they collected. Cyril used some of the proceeds to pay his secondary fees which helped him to finish his high school level in 2012. This simple project helped Cyril realize that children and youths are perishing because of lack of community programs that could provide them with alternative escape route. In 2013, his leadership potential helped him receive scholarship to study diploma in community development in Regional Institute of Business management.
In July 2014 at just 21 years, Cyril identified an open air space and started THE SMALLEST LIBRARY IN AFRICA whose aim was to provide school going children with both reading space and materials. Today Smallest Library In Africa has become a literacy power house name and movement doing book drives and establishing libraries in remote communities and schools.