IMAGE © 2019 BRIAN OTIENO
project kenya supports uweza foundation
Uweza works in Kibera. The 501 (c) (3) non-profit foundation recognizes that Kibera residents are creative, resilient and resourceful and that sustainable change requires a future generation that is more educated, motivated and empowered. Founded in 2008, today they provide 300 Kenyan children and youth with unique opportunities to pursue a path to a better future through the discovery and development of their talents and abilities – gaining education and ultimately earning incomes that utilize their own inherent strengths.
Uweza's current programs include:
Uweza Soccer Academy and Senior Team
Uweza Art Gallery : art and photography classes, artist promotion, shop and events
Bright Futures : young mothers are encouraged to launch a business
Girls’ Empowerment Club and Taekwondo class for self-defense
Sponsorship Program : More than 80 children receive a proper education.
Uweza seeks and nurtures long-term relationships with individual children and youth to have a more lasting and impactful effect, versus a short-term emergency response to young peoples’ needs. This is why their Sponsorship Program is very successful. All of the staff live in Kibera and understand the challenges of living in the slum.
In 2008, Uweza launched a Soccer Academy, opened a Community Center in 2011 and an Art Gallery in 2013.
With the help of Project Kenya, Uweza launched a photography class in 2018 and created the Kibera Art Fest, a festival that showcases the artwork of photographers and artists from Kibera.
First Place Photography at Kibera Art Fest: Through Mud Playground
by Josphat Ndemo