We believe the best support is self-support. Join us in equipping vulnerable Kenyan youth with the resources and skills needed to succeed in life and work.
Launched in 2003, Ujima Foundation helps vulnerable and orphaned Kenyan youth gain the skills, self-sufficiency, and employment to support themselves and the children under their care. Today, in partnership with its income generating partners, including Maili Saba Camp, Ujima trains up to 400 youth a year for jobs in the hospitality and beauty industries.
We are happy to announce that in December 2023, we opened a new restaurant in Kisumu called Ujima Food Garden. The restaurant, which will mainly be operated by Ujima students, will offer unique on the job training. In addition, it will generate new revenue to support Ujima programs!
HOW WE DO IT
Ujima students are welcomed, supported, and prepared for their journey ahead. This includes a home assessment, addressing psychosocial needs, and equipping students with the attitude, outlook, and problem-solving skills required for their success.
Students are trained in guest administration, restaurant service and operation, and housekeeping. Opportunities with Ujima’s lodge, bakehouse, restaurant, and hotel partners allow for hands-on experience performing tasks, receiving feedback, and strengthening new skills.
Through individual coaching, students are guided on how to apply their honed skills and secure new employment. This includes building a portfolio of experience, finding and approaching potential employers, applications, the interviewing process, and networking.
work in action
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At Ujima, we believe that when young people are offered opportunities that align with their needs and potential, they become active, self-reliant individuals who can participate in, enrich, and contribute to society.
Ivan Odhiambo is the second oldest of five children, who tragically lost both of their
parents. However, through Ujima, Ivan found his voice and obtained full-time employment at a local hotel. Today, he is not only able to support his family, he is also saving to fulfill his dream of becoming an accountant.