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 after realization of the significance of youth groups in the development of the society (this was from an academic research by the founders of YIKE on the ‘Role of youth groups in Development of their communities’). From observation and experience it was realized that youth groups based in slums, have potential but are limited by the socioeconomic environment they reside in therefore needed skills, resources and mentorship to prosper.

YIKE aims at assisting marginalized and disenfranchised youth, through youth groups, to help them create and sustain income generating activities, lead a healthy life, access the benefits of ICT and have a better understanding of their rights as citizens. Hitherto, YIKE has worked with 84 Youth groups in the slums/informal settlements all over Nairobi.

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Between 22nd and 24th November, YIKE participated in an exhibitions at KICC, organized to mark the Kenya and UNESCO @50 celebrations. The organization was showcasing the work it does and some of the beneficiaries through the sale of their products.  The event went on well and saw a number of participants visit the YIKE stand and offer some words of encouragement and support for the youth, during the three day exihibition.

The Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. Jocob Kaimenyi at the YIKE stand during the Kenya and UNESCO @50 celebrations.


In the last week of August, Glucola Community Unit, from Baba Dogo will be undergoing the Business skills and Entrepreneurship training. The training is aimed at impacting skills and knowledge on business. After the three days training, the CHWs will be expected to come up with business plans that if viable, will be funded as a revolving fund.

Glucola Community Unit will be the 4th unit to benefit from this training. The other unit, Crescent, Maandazi and Hamaso, from Mukuru underwent the training last year and received business start up loans.


In the heart of Mukuru, Brine Children Center has benefited from the construction of a base and installation of a 10000 litres storage tank. The construction, which started 3 weeks ago was completed and already the over 500 pupils are using the water. Brine is one of the 3 schools that were selected to benefit in the WASH project funded by GOAL Kenya.

Before the implementation of this project the entire pupils and faculty team was getting water from a storage tank of 2000 litres. This was not enough to meet the needs of the school.

(Brine school after the Construction)



The International Youth Day celebration, held at Our Lady of Fatima secondary school, Kariobangi North, on August 12 2014 was a success, with the participants, comprising of youth, parents, stakeholders, partner organizations and children braving light showers in the morning to be entertained and informed on the theme of “Youth and Mental Health” under the slogan ‘Mental Health Matters’. The day began with a youth forum where the youth representatives from YIKE affiliate groups were taken through the Youth Handbook finding which was done in collaboration the youth and Kenya Community Development Fund (KCDF).
Afterwards, during the plenary, speakers encouraged the youth to seek help for the triggers and symptoms of mental health. The parents were also encouraged to ensure that thier children's rights are safeguarded especially in regards to the mental health of the child, hence they stop saying that its a curse or witchcraft. The Programs Director thanked all partners for their continued support to YIKE and emphasised on the need for the youth in the YIKE network to be pro-active in thier engagement with the organization.

The children were engaged through the Child Protection, Education and Awareness project's open day activities that included the bouncing castles, motor bike riding and water slide. children were from the primary schools in Korogocho and the Kariobangi community.


Some of the participants at the IYD event


YIKE's Programs Director addressing the participants

Children enjoying themselves



In collaboration with our partners CITI Foundation and  Association of Micro Finance Institutions (AMFI) we are nominating our youth who have benefitted twith the micro-credit services from our livelihoods program for the CITI?AMFI entreprenuers award 2014. We have selected five entreprenuers and whom we will nominate for the awards. Currently we are working on profiling them and ensuring that they meet the criteria. The first business is ...

Emmanuel Muthama Profile

Emmanuel Muthama is a former member of Pamoja Ghetto Youth Group. He joined the group in the year 2006. He is among the founders of the group. The group is based in Dandora. From the youth group he came to benefit from the Citi Foundation Grant. Emmanuel, 34 years old currently stays in Umoja Estate. He runs Jafa Foods Company where he produces pickled vegetables, peanut butter as well as distribution of cereals. He is married and has a 10 year old child.

The Citi Foundation grant to YIKE enable Emmanuel to attend training on Introduction to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control points (HACCP) delivered by TechnoServe and Partners in Food Solutions under the African Alliance for Improved Food Processing (AAIFP) project. It’s from this training that Emmanuel was able to makes changes to hygiene practices where he does the food processing. The fund also facilitated training in book-keeping where it has enabled him to keep proper financial records of his business.

In 2012 Emmanuel was able to obtain a loan of KES 10,000 from the Youth Entrepreneurial Program 4 where he was able to increase production of peanut as well start the cereals distribution. Jafa pickled products are sold at Karen Provision stores, Chandarana supermarkets, Mini Muthaiga Supermarket and Spring Valley Super Market. The peanut butter is very popular with Nairobi Eastland’s clientele.

As a beneficiary, Emmanuel was able to improve his income such that he was able to shift his family from living in a small house in Dandora to a larger house in Umoja Estate. Also he has been able to expand his business to the extent that he has employed four full time employees and three casuals.

Citi Foundation has been funding the YIKE's Youth Entrepreneurial Program from 2009 where over 200 youth have been able to access micro-loans for group (joint) or individual businesses. Also over 2,000 youth have been able to access various training which has been a component of the program.