The Zuri Foundation is a UK-based charity that helps young people in Kenya break free from the cycle of poverty they are born into.
Working in partnership with small organisations, NGO`s, charities and workshops in and around the slums of the capital city, Nairobi, they are helping young people earn a living, get access to education and avoid or leave the life of crime that many are forced into purely for survival.

Life is tough in these slums – with access to basic needs we take for granted, such as food, shelter, clothing and water limited.
Crime rates can be rampant and unemployment can run at a rate of up to 80%.

The School Walk in Mathare Slum, Nairobi, Kenya

The school walk in Mathare Slum, Nairobi, Kenya

Established in March 2011 by Helen Scanlon, The Zuri Foundation’s aim has been simple. To enable young people to work and earn a living for themselves and their families.
Through education and support to small grass root youth employment projects, they empower young people to change their future.

1/ Zakale Creations is a youth employment workshop based in Mathare slum and currently employs up to 20 young people, paying fair wages which enables them to move forward with their lives.
They specialise in creating beautiful Fair Trade jewellery using beads, waste bone and horn and recycled copper.

KSEEEP is another project also based in Mathare slum that engages young people through dance, football, education and job skill training. The highly-talented and hard working Zakale Dance Troupe have emerged as a result.

The Zuri Foundation - Kenyan dancers in action in England

The Zuri Foundation – Kenyan dancers in action in England

This was the year the Zuri Foundation embarked on their biggest fundraiser yet, called “Walk Against Crime” which helped to bring 10 young dancers and two community leaders from Mathare slum in Nairobi to the UK.
This happened in the August and was the “trip of a lifetime” for talented young people who had never stepped foot outside their local environment before.
More life-enriching experiences for the young Kenyans are planned.

The Zuri Foundation - Kenyan dancers in England

The Zuri Foundation – Kenyan dancers in England

I am proud to support The Zuri Foundation and hope you will too. The first step is to visit their website by clicking on one of the links in this Blog post.

If you would like to learn more about this African country, please read this Blog post —>  19 Fascinating Facts About Kenya


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