Kenya Slum youths Development Organization (KESYDO) is a non-profit organization registered in March 2007 at the NGO coordination board of Kenya. It was started as an initiative of one young individual (Jacob Mang’ondi), who was inspired during the Yes Kenya Youth employment Summit 2006 by the significance of youth empowerment in the development of the society.
From his inspiration, observation and experience, he realized that youths and women in urban slums and rural Kenya have massive potential, but are limited by the conditions surrounding them, and therefore need to be empowered to succeed in bringing about sustainable development.
KESYDO's aim is to assist those marginalized youths and women living in urban slums, informal settlements and rural Kenya through creating awareness, capacity building, networking, fundraising and technical skills training for self-reliance. Youths and women targeted are those with disability, Street youths, infected with HIV/AIDS, Female youths and young mothers, Unemployed and out of school, Orphans and less privileged , taking drugs and school dropouts, to make them more resilient and create a sustainable platform for a more hopeful future . Our sectors of operation are Health, Education and training, Environment, Employment creation, Sports and recreation and Art and culture. All the 6 sectors address the 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable development goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
Currently, KESYDO directly supports more than 200 youth and women groups based in Nairobi, Kisumu, Migori, Homabay, Turkana, Kisii, Makueni and Taita Taveta Counties both in urban slums and rural areas. All the organizations/groups we work with operate their activities in one or more of the 6 sectors we focus on. The Organization has an ICT centre in Gucha Sub-County, Kisii County, which also acts as the technical training centre for youths who have dropped out of school and women. The centre has capacity of 18 computers and trains 30 youths per session on ICT skills; we are also mobilizing for more funds to support expansion of training of technical skills to youths in the County. In the Same Kisii County we have partnered with the County government under the office of the First Lady on “Let the Girls Learn” program, where we provide disposable sanitary pads to 20 schools, to approximately 3,200 needy girls in both Primary day and Secondary day, with an aim of keeping girls in school.