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Reaching Boys Before The Gangs Do

Article written by Fiona Napier – who is inspired to assist Tushinde help boys succeed.

Tushinde Holiday CampsYoung people’s issues are on top of everyone’s agenda this week in Kenya. A survey of more than 4,000 young Kenyans aged 15-24, found that their top three concerns were:  unemployment, financial hardship, and drug/alcohol abuse.

Add to this another challenge in Mathare, where Tushinde works – some of the highest levels of police killings and gang crime in Kenya, as you might have read in this week’s Economist.  The Mathare Social Justice Centre, a partner of Tushinde’s, was driven to produce a gruesome publication compiling the killings by police or unidentified assailants of young men.

Tushinde Holiday Camps

I went to visit Tushinde holiday camps this week with a friend. The most impressive thing that hit both of us was talking to 15 year olds who said the holiday camps provided alternatives to smoking bhang, joining gangs or ‘being idle’. My friend was inspired to write an article for the Star Kenya about this. Tushinde Holiday Camps

Violence and Conflict in Kenya

I work on violence and conflict in Kenya. There are many causes, and it’s a complex problem. For youth, it’s fundamentally rooted in deep inequality, security force abuse, and poor economic opportunities for the 1 million new entrants to the Kenyan labour market each year. Young people are strikingly entrepreneurial and optimistic about the future, which is why I love living here. But the economy isn’t delivering for them and they can’t rely on limited government social services.

There is an urgent need for Tushinde’s boys clubs and holiday camps which provide diversions, education top ups and life skills for young people. These days young men often get overlooked, and this is my particular interest. As a well- known rapper said yesterday ‘we young men are stressed’ – this got applause amongst a crowd of young people.

I am donating to support the boys clubs and Tushinde’s holiday camps in the long term and I very much hope others will do too. For as little as £5 per month you could support a child to attend a monthly boys club. This helps prevent Mathare’s teenage boys from joining a ‘lost generation’ and realise their potential.

Fiona, April 18th 2018.

Tushinde Day Care Report 2017

Tushinde Day Care report July 2017 Click here to read our report on progress with nutrition in the day care that we support. Click here to see our Poster Presentation for the Oxford University conference on Multidisciplinary Research to Strengthen LMIC* Health Systems (Lower Middle Income Countries).Continue Reading

Tushinde Christmas Presents

 For Christmas this year buy your friends happiness through helping others! Check out our range of charity gifts that will make a real difference to the lives of children and families in Kenya. If you want to buy a gift and nominate it for a friend,  email us and let us know and we will…Continue Reading

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