Our organization in Kenya is dedicated to empowering women and youth through creative arts, culture, and vocational training. We believe that by equipping women and youth with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in these industries, we promote economic development, cultural exchange, and social change.
Our programs are designed to provide a holistic approach to empowerment, addressing the needs of women and youth in areas such as education, health, and socio-economic well-being. We offer a range of training and mentorship opportunities in fields such as music, dance, fashion, and design, as well as business skills such as entrepreneurship, marketing, and financial management.
Our organization is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for all participants in our programs. We work closely with local communities to identify needs and opportunities, and we partner with other organizations and companies to leverage resources and expertise.
Our work is a commitment to promoting social justice and equity. We believe that women and youth have the potential to be agents of change in their communities and beyond, and we are dedicated to supporting them as they pursue their goals and aspirations.
Inpact, we have seen the transformative impact of creative arts, culture, and vocational training on the lives of women and youth in Kenya. We are proud to be part of this movement towards greater empowerment and opportunity for all, and we invite you to join us in this important work.
Nawaka Africa, is powerful and expressive . "Nawaka" means "shine light" in Swahili, and this name speaks to the core mission of our organization - to bring light and hope to the communities we serve.
In many cultures, light is a symbol of hope, knowledge, and inspiration. It is a beacon that guides us through darkness and helps us to find our way. By choosing this name, our organization is making a bold statement about our commitment to bringing positive change to the communities we serve.
Nawaka Africa began in a small community in Kenya, a group of women were struggling to make ends meet. They were looking for employment opportunities, but they lacked the skills needed to secure a job. Despite their best efforts, they found themselves unable to break out of the cycle of poverty and unemployment.
One day, Nancy decided to take action. She had always been interested in art and crafts, and she realized that she could use her skills to help the women in her community. She gathered a small group of women together, and they began to work on simple crafts, such as paper beadwork and basket weaving using recycled materials
At first, the women were hesitant. They had never done anything like this before, and they were unsure if they had the talent or the skills needed to succeed. But Nancy was patient and encouraging, and she found a local artist Wilson who helped and worked with them every step of the way.
As the weeks went by, the women began to see progress. They were creating beautiful pieces of art, and they were starting to gain confidence in their abilities. Nancy decided to take things a step further, and she began to teach them new skills, such as crochecting, kniting embroidery and sewing patchwork .
Before long, the group had grown in size, and they had begun to sell their crafts at local markets and fairs. People were impressed by their talent and creativity, and they began to place orders for custom-made pieces. The women were overjoyed by their success, and they began to dream of starting their own business.
Nancy realized that in order to turn their dreams into reality, they would need more support. She reached out to other organizations and individuals who shared her vision, and together they formed a new organization called Nawaka Africa. The organization provided the women with training and resources, such as access to materials, marketing support, and financial management skills.
Today, Nawaka Africa continues to empower women and youth in disadvantaged communities through creative arts and culture. They provide training and employment opportunities, as well as support for entrepreneurship and small business development. Their mission is to help women and youth break out of the cycle of poverty and unemployment, and to create a brighter, more hopeful future for themselves and their families.
We work with the Lemaku Youth and Women Association from Karen slums, a community located in the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. This association is made up of women and young people who are dedicated to improving their socio-economic status through entrepreneurship and skills development. Through our partnership , we provide training and resources to help them create sustainable livelihoods through art and craft making. We teach them various skills such as bead making, knitting, crochet, sewing, painting, and drawing. By providing these skills, we enable them to create unique and high-quality products that can be sold both locally and internationally
Remember, every donation, regardless of its size, contributes to the collective effort of inspiring and empowering individuals and communities