YOUTH INITIATIVES KENYA
YIKE is a non-profit organization registered in July 2003 at the Kenyan Non
Governmental Organization (NGO) bureau. It was started as an initiative of two
young individuals (Pamela Wesonga and Nynke Nauta), who realized the
significance of youth groups in the development of the society.
YIKE's aim is to assist those marginalized youth residing in slums and informal settlements. Youth targeted are those who have formed youth groups, to help them create a sustainable basis for a more hopeful future
Currently, YIKE directly supports about 30 youth groups all based in Nairobi’s
informal settlements. Members of these groups are engaged in projects that can
be categorized into four key areas i.e. environmental management, HIV/AIDS
campaigns through cultural dance troupes and production of artistic items. And
provision of basic amenities like schools.
In supporting youth in groups, YIKE also networks with other Civil Society Organizations that are supporting youth activities in Nairobi. Similarly, YIKE works with other youth groups in Eastland’s region that do not directly benefit from the capacity building programmes mentioned above.
Further support to youth is given in form of community awareness events, aimed at marketing group activities to the community. Such events also allay the common beliefs that young people residing in slums engage in crime.
YIKE in partnership with NairoBits and Viafrica has set up a Youth Information Centre, to provide ICT information to Youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. Another programme of YIKE is youth desk that serves as a link between youth groups to finances.
1. Undertaking capacity building for individual youth and youth groups in order
to enhance knowledge and skills on how to protect and manage their social and
The Executive Director aided by the field and administration programme officers, is in charge of YIKE’s daily operations. The Director international office on the other hand, handles funding, international linkage issues, and decisions at the strategic level. The Resource Centre Officer and the Systems Administrator are responsible for the smooth operation of the resource centre.
Other employees include the Youth Desk Programme coordinator and the Assistant Youth desk coordinator who are in-charge of the operations of the youth desk programme. In addition, YIKE has two employees hired on consultancy basis to take care of the business consultancy services offered to youth and the office Accounts.
One of YIKE’s policies that distinguish YIKE from other organizations is that YIKE first and foremost employs staff from Eastlands, its area of operation.
PROGRAMMES & PROJECTS
Our projects are centered on 30 youth groups that were selected through a rigorous process of tendering in an application that was scrutinized by YIKE’s field officers. Basing on the application, several groups were visited randomly to find out if they actually exist, and if they have activities that could be supported.
Since it’s inception in 2003, Youth Initiatives- Kenya has increased its support base from 8 youth groups in 2003 and 2004, to 18 youth groups in 2005, and 30 groups in 2008. The increase in the number of youth groups is due to the enormous success of YIKE in its first three years of operation, and YIKE’s increasing popularity among the youth in Eastland’s. Currently YIKE supports about six hundred individual youth, drawn mainly from the 30 youth groups.
YIKE supports the groups in form of:
YIKE also forged partnerships with Goal Kenya, which trains young people on issues of HIV/AIDS. With support from Goal Kenya, YIKE organized a community HIV//VCT awareness event in Korogocho slums, on June 24th 2006.
Youth Initiatives-Kenya, under the invite of Peace Net Trust, participated in the Tecla Lorupe peace race in Kapenguria that aims at reforming former warriors through a programme named restocking. This programme advocates for surrendering guns in exchange of a heard of cattle. David Wandai, a student of Kenyatta University, currently an intern at YIKE, took part in the peace race that saw him win a medal.
Objective networks have also been forged with the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs (MOYA) in organizing dialogues, celebrations to mark the international Youth day and expansion of trainings to the Central Division of Nairobi.
A Youth information Centre to serve youth has been established through a partnership of NairoBits, YIKE and Viafrica. Peace Net Trust and Oxfam GB have funded community events organized by YIKE.
Other significant partners are IPSIA, Y-TAP, KAFF, Hope World Wide, Ngei 1 Development Youth Group, SUFTA, APP, Child Life Trust and Pamoja Trust.