At Amuka we run several projects and services to support the communities we work in.
Our projects are designed to have the maximum impact and provide deep and realistic life long changes for the young people and women we work with.
In this section we detail all of the projects that are currently running. We update the project pages regularly so that everyone can see the progress these incredible communities are making.
Amuka Twende Mentorship Program
Beneficiaries of the Amuka Twende
The word Amuka means rise up and “Twende” simply means let us go. Amuka Twende Mentorship Program was formed with an aim to protect young people and teenagers, as well as equipping them with necessary skills and confidence to make informed decisions and define their own future; It’s a structured program which seeks to provide guidance on life skills, reproductive health, well-being and personal development. Currently, the program is operational in Kimmta and Ngando project areas, mainly on Saturdays.
Having worked with teenagers from the informal settlements, Ellie saw the need to start this program. It is highly beneficial to the young boys and girls struggling with issues of low self-esteem, anger management, social & emotional challenges as well as contemporary issues affecting them.
Apart from the mentorship classes the teenagers are also taken through outdoor exercises where they play games i.e. football to enhance learning and creativity. The program receives donations of educational materials, toys, teaching materials, sports equipment, sanitary towels and clothing from the Amuka Foundation.
Amuka Twende Kimmta
The Amuka Twende program at the Kimmta Center started in 2016. Located at the heart of one of the biggest slums in Kenya, the Kimmta Center has opened up learning and mentorship opportunities to the vulnerable kids and teenagers in Kibera through due to the support of the Amuka foundation.
The centre has 3 spacious rooms which accommodate over 70 teenagers who come for after school programmes as well as empowerment and mentorship programmes. The teenagers from the Amuka Twende program engage in outdoor activities over the weekends and school holidays. The centre has transformed the lives of many young people over the past years due to the mentorship & empowerment programs supported by the Amuka Foundation.
At Kimmta Center there are two club leaders and one project leader who are all supported by the Amuka Foundation. Many of the beneficiaries
of the mentorship program have achieved good results in their academic studies, and since most of their parents cannot afford to pay secondary school fees, Amuka Foundation has offered sponsorship to some students to enable them to attend secondary school.
The Amuka Foundation sponsors quarterly mentoring and training days for all its staff and volunteers to build their capacity and teach the staff and volunteers new skills.
Amuka Twende Ngando
The Amuka Twende Ngando program started in 2016 through the Amuka Foundation. The mentorship and empowerment programmes take place at the Village of Hope Library in Ngando. The program has one project leader and two club leaders and serves an average of 30 teenagers comprising of 17 boys and 13 girls aged between 11 and 18. They meet with their mentors three times per week during the school term and three times per week during school holidays. The young people participate in organised mentorship and empowerment programmes where they learn about life skills, reproductive health and personal development topics. They also learn how to give back to the community by doing community work in one of the sessions per week. This culture is meant to cultivate an attitude of gratitude, independence, self-dignity and community empowerment.
This program in Ngando has been instrumental in shaping teenagers personalities by teaching them life skills and empowering them through education. As with the program in Kibera the young people in Ngando receive donations of products that will help with their education such as sports equipment and school books. The young women in the program receive donations of underwear and sanitary products to enable them to attend school and the empowerment club. Many of the beneficiaries
of the mentorship program have achieved good results in their academic studies, and since most of their parents cannot afford to pay secondary school fees, the Amuka Foundation has offered sponsorship to some students to enable them to attend secondary school.
The Amuka Foundation sponsors quarterly mentoring and training days for all its staff and volunteers to build their capacity and teach the staff and volunteers new skills. The Amuka Foundation relies on the generous donations of our supporters to continue to provide these services and to continue to empower young people across Kenya.
The Girls Mentorship Programme, Karare
The programme started in early 2019 with an enrolment of 27 young girls from Loruko and Lakartinya Primary Schools.
The main objectives of the program include;
- To maintain high levels of attendance of girls in Class 6, 7 and 8
- To enhance the academic performance of girls, encouraging them and their families to support their continued attendance at school
- To equip the girls with skills and confidence to ensure better protection from exploitation and abuse
- To develop peer mentors who can support other girls within the school, community and home
- To establish a Parent Engagement Group
- To secure the support and commitment of parents and families in the continued development of adolescent girls
- To establish mentorship roles within the community to ensure ownership and sustainability of the programme
As part of Amuka Twende the program is aimed at protecting the young girls as well as equipping them with necessary skills and confidence to make informed decisions and define their own future.
It’s a structured program which seeks to provide guidance on life skills, reproductive health, empowerment and enabling of girls. The program also addresses key issues such as early child marriage, FGM & GBV as well as well-being and personal development.
Mwangaza Women Sewing Group
Mwangaza women group started in 2016 through the efforts of the Amuka founder Ellie Bird. The goal was to equip, empower and enable the local women from the Karare area in Marsabit County. This program involves training women on how to sew purses and reusable sanitary pads. The group comprises of 15 women have started to develop skills in bead-work, making small purses and re-usable sanitary pads. The group meets regularly throughout the week to work on their sewing and bead-work skills. In July 2018, they managed to sew 24 purses (small & big) decorated with beads which were all sold to the scouts group from Scotland who visited Karare.
The Amuka Foundation is committed towards the progress of the Mwangaza women group and so the foundation funds the trainer as well as providing the needed materials such as singer sewing machines, electric sewing machine and an over lock machine. Currently, the group has 3 manual and 2 electric sewing machines.
Tumaini Mama Group
Tumaini Mama is a women’s group started in October 2017 with an objective of giving hope to young women. It is located in the informal settlement of Ngando in Nairobi. We currently have six active participants, but we intend to grow the group by recruiting more women into the program.
The Amuka Foundation assessed that there was a need for starting a program which not only addressed the economic problems of the women but also offered a platform where they could be mentored socially and emotionally through life skills. These ladies meet thrice in a week and have six contact hours with trainers. So far, they have developed skills in crafts, bead-work, embroidery and have had some of their products sold. Apart from the vocational skills, the ladies’ self-esteem has grown which is evident in the way that they communicate and interact with other people.
To keep this program running, the Amuka Foundation provides two trainers and a classroom and also provide the needed materials and equipment ranging from sewing machines to other small items like needles and thread. The Tumaini Mama ladies are also learning computer skills after the Amuka Foundation received a tablet from a generous supporter.