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Uweza’s First Paint and Sip Event

While poets express themselves with words, visual artists do so with painting or drawing. Painting creates an opportunity to convey ideas, express emotion, use senses, explore color, explore process and outcomes, and create aesthetically pleasing works and experiences. Every year, the world celebrates Creativity & Innovation Day on the 21st…
Uweza
April 26, 2022
Uweza Soccer Academy

Developing the Kibera Community through Soccer

In the words of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, “Sport has the power to align our passion, energy and enthusiasm around a collective cause. And that is precisely when hope can be nurtured and trust can be regained. It is in our collective interest to harness the tremendous power…
Uweza
April 6, 2022
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Building the Next Generation of Artistic Talent

Students across Kenya are currently on a long break from school until the end of April and this can be a risky time for children in Kibera if they are not engaged in productive activities. So for the next several weeks, we will be holding our art classes six days…
Uweza
March 21, 2022
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Right this Wrong for Women in Kibera: Murrel’s Story

"I think anyone can do art as long as they have passion for it. Female representation in art spaces is small, including here at Uweza. Being in this space comes with lots of challenges, especially being a woman. I am a mother to a 5 year-old and sometimes motherhood, among other…
Uweza
March 6, 2022
Bright Futures

Right this Wrong for Women in Kibera: Zura’s Story

"Being a young mother, married, and going back to high school has been a struggle, especially now that national exams are around the corner. I almost lost hope. In addition to providing a scholarship, Uweza covers the costs of daycare for my daughter. I don’t have to worry about her…
Uweza
March 2, 2022
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Uweza 10th Art-Versary

This month, our art program turned ten years old. What once started as an art class in a room of our community center in November 2011 has now bloomed into Uweza Art Gallery. Over the last 10 years, our art program has nurtured talented artists in Kibera by providing them…
Uweza
December 4, 2021
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Mentorship: an intervention to mold positive behavior

Young people need continuous support in the form of mentorship and development of social and life skills. In a fast changing world, navigating life can be challenging and without adult support and guidance for the youth, we could lose them to social ills, depression and anxiety that would adversely affect…
Uweza
August 9, 2021
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Restoring Livelihoods: Our COVID-19 Response with UN Women

(Photo credit: http://www.screenshotproductions.org) Covid-19 robbed people's livelihoods. Communities like those Uweza supports experienced job losses and became even more vulnerable. At the height of the pandemic in 2020, families living in urban informal settlements were worst hit. With prolonged lockdowns, curfews and closure of schools; many were pushed to the…
Uweza
August 7, 2021
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Saying No to Period Poverty

By: Atieno Muyuyi Photo credit: Mufadhal Musa Having periods is still unaffordable in Kenya...we still have a big number of teenage girls and even married women who can’t access sanitary towels or afford to buy one! We still have areas that use traditional methods when it comes to menstruation! We…
Uweza
June 8, 2021