In Kenya, YTF’s work is primarily around peace-building and reintegration of conflict ridden communities. The post-election violence tore apart the social fabric of the Kenyan society and a concerted effort is needed to preempt further disintegration of communal and national stability. In post-conflict settings, many of the challenges that Kenyan youth faced during the post election violence still exist in the immediate period of peace.
The life experiences that have shaped the typical Kenyan citizen’s understanding of conflict are similar to those in post-colonial nations that have succumbed to dictatorship. YTF envisions a Kenya in which young people, regardless of gender or ethnicity, are equipped with the necessary skills and believe in their ability enact positive change in their communities.
YTF works collaboratively with a network of highly respected, innovative and independent organizations in the Central Province (Ruiru), Nairobi, Rift Valley and Western Province. In this partnership, YTF delivers capacity building programs that:
1. Train youth and local communities how to resolve conflict through non-violence and reconciliation.
2. Provide vocational and life skills education for disadvantaged youth as a weapon to promote peace and understanding.
3. Educate community members on how to disseminate information and knowledge gained through democracy-building presentations.
Communities Top 3 Challenges:
Youth Unrest (ethnic and intergenerational conflict)
Water and Sanitation
YTF in Kenya - Additional Information
Country Director: Joseph Kamau
Office Location (s): Nairobi
Regional Presence: Central Province, Nairobi, Rift Valley and Western Province
Services Offered: Capacity and Skills Building, Peace-Building, Conflict Resolution, Technology Literacy