226Re: [holistichelping] NAFSI AFRIKA ACROBATS
- Aug 12, 2006NAFSI 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
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
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
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 its 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.
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.
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
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
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
To provide up-to date information and involve the street children and
youths in the following areas -:
Culture and sports
Education and training
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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