Kibera Community Youth Programme (KCYP) is a unique, community- based organization (CBO) formed and run by young people in the Kibera slum, Nairobi. We are registered under the office of Vice President and ministry of Home Affairs, Heritage and Sports, Department of Social Services Ref: DSS/NP/5/4/VOL. IV/2002 (217)
Kibera is one of the largest slums in the world and as a result faces many problems related to urbanization. As young people living in Kibera, we realized the importance of a community movement to address some of the issues faced by our peers, and other residents. We resolved to work together under the umbrella of KCYP.
We felt the need to join hands and offer our services to the greater community in areas such as environment management and capacity building, as well as in creating awareness about the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Incidences of HIV/AIDS are highest among the 15-35 year age group and the country is already feeling the impact of AIDS through an estimated 500-700 deaths per day. It is thought that one million children are AIDS victims (2001) and a high percentage of these are city dwellers living in the slums.
KYCP have given young people a sense of social responsibility through community service and the creation of a theatre group and soccer team. The two are being used to sensitize Kibera’s young people, and residents in general, to the dangers of drug abuse, illegal firearms, domestic violence, child abuse and HIV/AIDS scourge as well as development issues.
To achieve our goal, we shall work together with existing local, national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), development organizations, corporate bodies, foreign missions, religious organizations, local administration and individuals who are mindful of the plight of young people – particularly those growing up within slums. We shall also work towards strong networking and collaboration in order to effectively and efficiently implement our objectives and acquire more information and skills on how we can best manage our projects for the benefit of the community at large.
KCYP is a multi-ethnic and religious organization, with both Christian and Muslim members drawn from the numerous ethnic groups found in Kibera. Similarly, gender equality and equal representation is important to the group. It also has room for persons with disabilities and is guided by the principle of friendship and respect towards other people's human rights and opinions.
The idea of KCYP was mooted as a result of lengthy discussions by the youths of Kibera with the aim of recognizing their plight and identifying lasting solutions to their myriad problems. KCYP began operating in January 2002 and was officially registered in October of the same year. The fact that all programme developers and policy makers are young people living within Kibera ensures that that the organization is in touch with the experiences, needs, concerns and aspirations of the community it wishes to serve.