Hodi, Horn of Africa Development Initiative

HODI was established as a community-based organization in 2003 to address the inadequacy of access to legal services for the poor people of Marsabit.

The organization was founded by Fatuma Adan, who was then a recent graduate of law. She shunned salaried employment at the Judiciary to, instead, provide a small legal aid desk with six volunteers for people who needed, but could not afford, legal representation in court cases.

HODI was registered as an NGO in 2007. The organization has since grown to be the voice of championing peace and development in Marsabit through advocacy, education, community cohesion (through football) and livelihood support programs.

Founder: Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan

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ASWA, Africa Sex Workers Association

ASWA is the Pan African alliance of sex worker-led organisations that exists to strengthen the voices, to empower and to advocate for and advance the health and human rights of female, male and transgender sex workers including those living with HIV and those who use or inject drugs through networking, movement building, and the development of partnerships.

Currently, we have over 85 member organisations in 23 countries with our secretariat based in Nairobi, Kenya. Of these, 70 are female sex worker-led, while 10 are male sex worker-led, and 5 are trans-led.

ASWA seeks to create a conducive environment of partnerships that enable sex workers to address the complexities, dynamics and diversities within the sex work industry. We support sex workers self-organisation and movement strengthening.

Facebook Page: Aswa


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ActionAid, further human rights and defeat poverty for all

ActionAid Kenya is a non-partisan, non-religious development organisation that has been working in Kenya since 1972 to end poverty and injustices.

ActionAid Kenya is among the leading anti-poverty agencies working directly with over one million poor and excluded people in over 14 counties in Kenya.

ActionAid Kenya is un-apologetic in advancing Women’s Rights and ensuring that Women Living in Poverty and Exclusion are at the center of our work in Kenya.
ActionAid commits to working with Women, Children and Youth to claim and realize their constitutional rights through working within three main pillars:

empowerment, solidarity and campaigning

Linkedin Page: Actionaid


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Nai Nami, offers an inspirational experience of Nairobi Downtown

Nai Nami in Kiswahili means “Nairobi with me”. They offer an inspirational “off-the-beaten-track” experience of Nairobi Downtown, guided by youth from slums who raised themselves in the streets.

Exchange with your guides and learn from their street skills, which they gained during their daily struggles. Ask all your questions, get the real insights into their way of life and get inspired and captivated by their life stories and ghetto-energy.

They provide formal job opportunities for unemployed youth from slums, who dropped out of school and therefore do not have access to the formal job market. We leverage their energy and street skills as tour guides in order to earn a regular income. The exchange with the clients will expose youth to some guidance and inspiration in life.


Founder: Gianmarco MarinelloSriram Damodaran

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iLike Hub: a co-working space to the young rural innovators

iLike Hub is a tech space in Voi town, Kenya which provides a conducive co-working space to the young rural innovators to come up with tech and business solutions. iLike Hub also empowers and mentor rural ladies of age 15-30 year into tech by providing weekly trainings on both tech and business topics.

While technology is the foundation of innovation, technology alone is not enough. For technology to fulfill its true potential, citizens, and more importantly the youth, need to be empowered and engaged through technology.

The challenge of getting the youth online is, however, still dependent on developing infrastructure on a nation-wide scale, improving coverage in remote and under-served areas, and improving international capacity at a content level.

Beyond connectivity and access to the internet, we need to think about modernising and transforming the education and training systems we have on the continent.

Founder: Gift Mtambo

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Anxiety and Doubt, a personal look into my life

This is a personal look into my life and my daily struggles with anxiety, doubt and the overall role of fitting in.

Having grown up with extremely low self-esteem, it has taken me years to finally understand how the reservations I had about myself growing up, still affects my daily living as an adult.

Since my passion seems to lie in the youth empowerment sector, and having worked with youth between the ages of 13 and 20 in the past two years, I have been awakened to the importance of cultivating the spirit of confidence in them as they grow and evolve into young adults.

My main motivation lies in the fact that in the African setting, openly speaking of depression and mental health issues is largely unheard of, and as a result, a lot of us tend to suffer in silence.

Mine is not a certified mental health issue, but rather a symptom and if left unchallenged, could lead to the manifestation of the disease itself.

It is therefore clear to me that this conversation needs to start to enable me to heal whatever hurt that still resides in me and if my vulnerability is what it takes to help start this conversation and get the message across to my students, then so be it.

Founder: Winnie Akara


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Tunapanda, bridging digital divides

Tunapanda is an educative institution delivering three-month intensive learning experiences in tech, design, and business. Tunapanda bridging digital divides in Kenya.

There is no cost to the trainees to learn, and to date, we have graduated over 100 young people.

The focus of Tunapanda is comprised of our in-house technical, professional, and business training services equipping young people with the skills to solve local and global issues.

Produced by Tunapanda is the root of our institution: the proceeds from this section allow us to provide free, offline open source educative materials and to run our Basic Tracks free of cost.

Tunapanda focus on low-cost replicability of training facilities and can offer turnkey solutions for learning. They enable anyone to open schools and create learning experiences in their communities using our unique operating pedagogy, open source tools, offline education networks, and more.

Founder: Maureen Moraa

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Urise to train young refugees

URISE believes that today’s young refugees can be at the forefront of social and economic change through strengthening mutual cross-cultural understanding and enhancing collaboration among different communities.

URISE stands for U: Ubuntu, R: Restore, I: Inspire, S: Solve, E: Encourage

We use technology to train young refugees with relevant ICT skills that they can apply in real life situations to build their social and economic value. We merge the use of technology and peace education to instil the spirit of peace-making to young refugee generation. We believe in the power we have as young refugees to rebuild our broken countries and as well as our refugee communities.

Therefore, the URISE Tech training centre intends to facilitate creativity, innovation, teamwork, collaboration and Trust among young refugees whom we believe are in need of life change.

Founder: Emerimana Daniel Christian

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Benjamin Spartos

Send inspiring messages through music.

Growing up in a diverse community, I always had these burning questions I could not answer like an equation with no solution. The feeling of depression triggered by abuse and addiction to drugs and alcohol, and disappointments from friends, relatives, love partners and other people I thought I knew almost damaged my life. I have always been slow to anger and never pointed a finger because I believed people just need love and direction. I came across many people like me and others who had gone through worse situations. I also got inspired by mentors and good friends who believed in me and finally I found my peace again. I know am not alone in this awful, painful experience and having the mantle to address it, I use my voice-the most powerful tool I have to pass messages of hope, love, joy, freedom, redemption and revival and unity. I long for a united, peaceful and harmonious global village.

Founder: Benjamin Spartos

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Emerging Leaders Foundation

ELF as we call it, is a self-discovery journey that equips youth and young adults with knowledge and skills to enable them to constructively participate in governance and policy processes as well as to be ready for the job market. We have deliberately designed a training and mentorship experience for individuals to impact their community and for interns or entry-level workers to muster necessary skills to thrive in life. We have a team of dedicated staff, mentors and well-wishers dedicated to preparing young men and women to rise to challenge of providing the leadership and good governance that the continent of Africa needs to leap forward.

Founder: Alvin Tofler Munyasia


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