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226Re: [holistichelping] NAFSI AFRIKA ACROBATS

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  • Maria Agnese Giraudo
    Aug 12, 2006
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      NAFSI AFRIKA'S STREET CHILDREN REHABILITATION PROGRAMME.
        
        Nafsi Afrika acrobats is a name coined from a swahili word meaning
      the soul of Afrika.
      It was started in 2002 but dully registered in 2005 with the Ministry
      of culture and social services.
      The group is based in Dagoretti constituency of
      Nairobi
      and run their
      activities from their offices in kabiria-satellitte(
      Nairobi
      ).
      Most of them having limited educational background and from poor
      backgrounds(up-brought in the slum's setting), experienced the harsh life in
      the ghetto and occasionally got trapped in drugs and  crime
      influences.
      After  bumping into each other and realising that they were blessed
      with smilar artistic skills that they would exploit for a livelihood,
      Nafsi Afrika acrobats was born.
      After six years of succesfull existence as a family of seven, they saw
      the need of projecting and leaving a mark in the community.
      Setting an example to be emulated by fellow youths in
      Kenya
      .
      Street families  being a big problem in
      Kenya
      , and witnessing street
      kids graduating into hard-core criminals and ending up being gunned down
      they felt concerned and initiated a programme to address street
      childrens' plight.
      There exist a strong attachment between us and the kids as most of them
      are from families we know and we can relate with them easily in their
      language, having been from similar backgrounds.
      Currently the programme is run from three training centers in the
      Ghettos;Kawangware Lutheran church,Waithaka social hall and Daggoretti
      market training grounds.
      The problem the groups faces currenly is intergrating, sustaining and
      keeping the kids together always as it forces us to respond to some of
      their daily needs as in feeding them, and providing them with clothings.
      Due to the above problem most of them are on and off, forcing as to
      reach out to them and search them always for training.
      In the near future the group plans to set up a day care center from
      where all activities shall be run and some of the children's basic needs
      responded to.


      Nafsi Afrika street children outreach programme is designed to capacity
      build street children and empower them on gainful livelihood in the
      field of arts and arts – related activities in the city and it’s environ.
      Emphasis is put on developing the capacity of the street children and
      other unfortunate youths to participate, as appropriate, in urban
      poverty reduction responsibilities, and also elimination of such vices like
      crime and drug abuse. Its rationale lies in the provision of a
      friendly approach to training opportunities in acrobatics, dance,
      music, drama, and fine arts and crafts.

      PROJECT MISSION AND OBJECTIVES
      The overall aim of this project is to provide artistic empowerment
      services to street children, especially those most vulnerable, residing in
      Nairobi
      , aged 3 to 26 years.


        VISION
      In response to the alarming situation of street children in
      Nairobi
      ,
      Nafsi Afrika acrobats empowers the street wise generation to have
      ownership of the reformation and development process and be agents of
      transformation in the city of
      Nairobi
      .


        MISSION
      To facilitate the empowerment of the street children in the city to
      have greater ownership of the development and reformation process through
      disseminating relevant information, imparting appropriate skills and
      formation of performing teams, so that the competence and professional
      qualification achieved, may be placed at the service of these children
      and street youths, thus contributing to the development of the city of
      Nairobi and assist in prevention or alleviation of the street children
      and steet youths or rather street families problem.
      The street children and street youthful generation need to acquire or
      exploit their relevant artistic skills to help them take decisions and
      actions that give them more control of their own lives and thus enable
      them participate actively in the boarder development process instead of
      graduating into car jackers, bank robbers, muggers, conmen, or
      criminals.


        Area of focus for the project includes:
      a) Participates in the outreaches, identification, consolidation,
      convincing, training and evaluation of training progress and the training
      programmes. providing in particular, assistance in training and
      facilitation of traininig equipments and props.
      b) Assist in providing, or help in negotiating for show
      employment-counseling services to competent groups and in particular, in job search
      and marketing of their artistic careers.
      c) Assist in coordination of contract opportunities and in the
      formulation of job opportunities matrix, which links employers or agents with
      artists job seekers.
      d) Assist in identifying /soliciting for existing donors and
      coordinating referrals of   the formed acrobatics and dance groups with willing
      donors and employers.


        In specific the project has been designed to address the following
      basic components:
      To provide Contracts ,a plat-form for artistic improvement and
      marketing, employment opportunities so as to have more access to job markets
      to these artistically endowed street children and street youths.

      To promote and empower the street children and youths with relevant
      information and  artistic skills on employment creation.

      To undertake activities geared toward preventing criminality among the
      street children and youths.

      To assess street children and youths  needs.

      To reduce street children and youths vulnerability especially those
      residing in the urban areas and ghetto settings by initiating programmes
      that address their plight.

      To develop a network of street kids and youth, youth organizations,
      government (through the local administration), N.G.O's,Arts agents and
      employers.

      To provide up-to date information and involve the street children and
      youths in the following areas -:
      Employment
      Culture and sports
      Health
      Education and training
      Environment
      IT training
      INTERVENTIONS:
      Interventions can be through three key-ways:
      Through supporting the economic and social development efforts in
      different sectors, in particular those, which stimulate a demand for
      self-reliance, such as  basic education besides arts training for the Street
      children to improve financially,

      Through productive dialogue between all the children involved  and not
      involved in the project  with the aim of forging effective
      understanding of the causes, reasons and consequences of any activity undertaken.

      Through assisting in the rehabilitation process, improving of poverty
      alleviation activities for all and capacity build the disadvantaged, as
      in using the same rehabilitated street children in outreaching for, and
      recruiting more street children.

      Currently besides the actual acrobatics and dance training that Nafsi
      Acrobats extend to these children volutarilly, The group also negotiate
      and invite experts and stake holders in other artistic fields and also
      organisations involved with youth development, to extend workshop
      programmes to these children and youths.

      Contact: KEN OWINO nafsiafricaacro@...

       

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