Ujima is an old Swahili word that means “achieved with the help of others”. Founded in 2003, Ujima foundation is a sustainable urban development organization providing employability training to orphaned youngsters that are taking full responsibility for their younger siblings. Unique to Ujima’s approach, we own and run two income-generating properties and a Capacity Building programme to financially sustain our training programme.
Ujima believes all children should grow up in a family set up, and, every year, through training, job exposure and mediation with employers, we enable 180 new youth to access gainful employment, to become self-reliant and to be able to better support their families. Ujima believes the best support we can give our beneficiaries are the tools they need for self-support.
During his last visit Charles Odiambo, the director of Ujima Foundation, to the Netherlands he was interviewed by Colet van der Ven.
Training of the orphaned care givers to get job and keep that job is our core business. Ujima foundation has achieved this through preparing of the youngsters and equipping them with the necessary tools to be attractive to potential employers.
Since we train our trainees to be self reliant we as an organization want to give a proper example. This means that we strive to become donor independent. To achieve this, Ujima runs Maili Saba Camp in Nakuru and Kisindi Lodge located in Kendu bay.
Some years ago a documentary was made about Ujima by the DOCters. You can now watch this documentary by following the link below.