Title No One Out! Empowerment for youth inclusion in the slums of Nairobi
Place Kariobangi, Korogocho, Huruma, Dandora and Mathare slums of Nairobi, Nairoby County, Kenya
Duration 36 months (2017-2019)
  • Servizio Volontario Internazionale - SVI Ong (head of the project)
  • Medicus Mundi Italy - MMI Ong
  • Servizio Collaborazione Assistenza Internazionale Piamartino Onlus - SCAIP Ong
  • Movimento per la Lotta contro la Fame nel Mondo - MLFM Ong
  • Christian Blind Mission Italia Onlus - CBM Ong
Other Partnerships
  • Find The Cure - FTC
  • Cassa Padana Banca di Credito Cooperativo (soggetto profit)
  • CBM Regional Office Africa Est - CBM AFERO Ong
PartnerS on site
  • Integrated Education for Community Empowerment - IECE Ong
  • Girl Child Netwk – GCN Ong
  • Women Fighting Aids in Kenya - WOFAK Ong

 Logo AICSAgenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo sviluppo (MAECI) - Italian Agency for International Cooperation (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair)

Status quo on site

In Nairobi, the 60% of the population lives in slums in poverty and chronic vulnerability situation: high population density, with unregulated settlements, with no way of ownership, often affected by floods, expropriations, evictions. The sewage system is non-existent and water conduction precarious. The most critical situation is in the eastern suburbs, which includes the 5 target areas of the project. In these slums, the 49% of young people (15-24 years) is unemployed; it prevails a sort of informal economy, whose growth contributes to urban development without rules, to an increasing inequality and corruption. In conditions of extreme poverty (income per capita average <10 USD / month), the local social interaction and interdependence with the city's economy, have generated social networks as a form of survival. If compared to rural and urban areas outside the slums, the HIV percentage + is double (12% versus 5/6% - Nairobi Slum HIV Prevalence Survey), the infant mortality and chronic malnutrition of children is higher (47% against a national average of 26% - Kenya national Bureau of Statistics, 2015). The stigma and social discrimination are very strong against HIV-positive people, and against children with disabilities. And more, the quality of educational services for these categories is lacking: poverty and economic barriers make the cost of care and access to rehabilitation services inaccessible. The vicious circles of poverty and violence affect education and vocational training, thus worsening the psychosocial problems associated to poverty, to early school leaving and to informal job as a unique resource. Life skills are neglected in the educational system; families live with resignation the state of insecurity and the lack of planning skills. Schools have problems of drinking water availability, have a low level of hygiene and inadequate accessibility for children with disabilities.

Project Goals
General Goal
Promoting the achieving of more decent living conditions for the youth population living in informal settlements of the outskirts of Nairobi (Kenya).

Specific Goal
Promoting health -social and economic inclusion of young vulnerable population living in five slums in the eastern outskirts of Nairobi.
Expected Results

Result 1 – Strengthened the local partner NGOs and constituted a permanent network with public and private entities, which will be engaged in the work with children in slums
Result 2 – Improved social and educational inclusion of the most vulnerable target groups (children, disabled, HIV +), through training on life skills, community awareness, development of talent, access to quality education services
Result 3 (in charge of MMI) - Improved health and social inclusion for vulnerable young people in the slums, with particular attention to HIV + persons, by strengthening the pre- and post-counseling services, assistance, psychosocial support and referrals to specific health services.
Result 4 – Improved economic inclusion of young people in the slums through vocational training, launching start-ups and access to credit
Result 5 – Sensitized the school population and Italian families, and made diffusion and lobby in Kenya on the issues of the project and in particular on the issues of diversity and social inclusion.


MMI will coordinate the action of social and health education, prevention, education, counseling on HIV / AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as support the capacity building process of local partners and counterparts in the same sectors.

FTC will support MMI counterparties for: pre-counseling for at-risk youth HIV, post counseling and adherence to therapy for HIV+.

Activities for R3
3.1 Training health workers and CHW for the referral of children and HIV+ women to treatment facilities
Results: 3rd Result
3.2 Socio-health prevention for vulnerable groups: strengthening Youth Friendly Center, Community awareness for reproductive health, prevention and family planning
3.3 Psychological counseling service for children and youth
3.4 Pre-testing initiative, counseling (PITC) and follow-up for HIV+ women and young people (16-25 years).

Direct Beneficiaries total 50,581 people.
  • The team of three local counterparts and EARC centers - Education Assessment Resource Centers (46);
  • Board of the 3 local counterparts (25);
  • 105 teachers
  • 15,000 parents
  • 15,000 students (11-15 years) of 35 schools
  • 1,000 young men and women (16-25 years, including HIV+)
  • 450 Community Health Workers (CHW)
  • 75 health workers
  • 360 disabled children
  • 2,520 young participants in the vocational training / internship / start / business boost)
  • For the ECM activities will be reached 500 classes (12,500 students + 500 teachers) and about 200 families (1,000 people) in Italy and 2,000 people in Kenya.

Indirect Beneficiaries: 97,302 people (the 15% of population living in the slums target).

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