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Our History

YIDA Youth Initiative is a refugee-led and not-for-profit NGO started in 2013 as a school, the school was founded by Baraka Benedict and James Ntakiruti Gihoma. Baraka worked as a teacher, whereas James worked as the head teacher. The idea of making it an organization was then generated in 2015 and the organization was registered as a CBO in 2017 in the name of Youth Initiative for Development in Africa (YIDA). In 2023 it was registered as a regional not-for-profit organization as the YIDA Youth Initiative.

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Welcoming message from CEO

Dear Partners, supporters, and followers of YIDA, It is believed that youths are at the forefront of developing communities through resilience and commitment mostly during times of crisis like the pandemic, wars, and climate change. It is then unfortunate that most of the systems and policies in government and non-government structures at different levels do not favor or consider youth and the crisis situation worsens. Youth pass through hard times to legalize their own entities and have less engagement in decision-making that concerns them even in national planning. Still, many companies do not trust that youth can be trusted and invest in their ideas even when youth show that they can pay back with interest or proper accountability.

In the due course, a lot of resources are put to less use and many youths are left jobless and

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HOME LEARNING EXPERIENCE WITH YIDA DURING THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC

In response to that critical need in early childhood education in the Settlement YIDA has initiated three ECD Centres and trained up to 36 youth providing community based care protection in the three ECD’s. It’s sad that most of the school enrolled children didn’t benefit from the continuous learning during the lock down, except around 1,026 children that YIDA has been providing the door to door home learning from 4 ECD”s with one from the host community.

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