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Ujima Newsletter 03/24

Empowering Kenyan Youth for a Brighter Future

Message from the Director

Dear Supporters,

I am delighted to share with you the latest news and updates from Ujima Foundation. Your steadfast support enables us to make a real difference in the lives of young individuals like Merceline Awuor Haya, whose inspiring journey underscores the impact of our programs.

Recent Achievements

„Our newest venture, Ujima Food Garden, is not just a restaurant—it's a training ground for future leaders in the hospitality industry."

  • Grand Opening of Ujima Food Garden: In December 2023, we proudly inaugurated Ujima Food Garden, our latest venture aimed at providing unique on-the-job training opportunities for our students. This restaurant, located in Kisumu, is operated mainly by our dedicated students, offering them practical experience in the hospitality industry.

  • Technical Training at Ujima Food Garden: Our students have been enthusiastically participating in technical training sessions at Ujima Food Garden, honing their skills in restaurant management, culinary arts, and customer service. These hands-on experiences are essential for preparing them for successful careers in the hospitality sector.

  • Special Events at Ujima Food Garden: Our restaurant has been buzzing with excitement during special events such as Valentine's Dinner and Mongolian Lunch. These occasions not only showcase the culinary talents of our students but also provide valuable opportunities for them to interact with patrons and gain confidence in their abilities.

  • Come Back Sessions: Every Wednesday, students currently on attachment in various workplaces gather at Ujima for our "Come Back Sessions." Here, they share their experiences, support one another, and receive encouragement as they navigate the challenges of the workplace. These sessions foster a sense of community and solidarity among our students.

Beneficiary Story: Merceline Awuor Haya

"Ujima provided me with more than just skills—it gave me a community and a sense of purpose."

Merceline's journey with Ujima began with a simple conversation with Madam Ann Ombewa, who recognized her potential and encouraged her to explore opportunities at our foundation. With determination and support from her sister, Merceline embarked on a journey of personal and professional growth at Ujima.

During her time with us, Merceline not only acquired essential skills for a career in hospitality but also found a supportive community that nurtured her confidence and positivity. Today, she is employed as a hostess/waitress, making a living while also contributing to creating memorable experiences for guests at Ujima Food Garden.

Upcoming Events

"Our upcoming events are opportunities for collaboration, learning, and growth—for both our students and our partners."

  1. Mentors Activation Meeting: We will be hosting a meeting to motivate new mentors and emphasize the importance of their role in guiding and supporting our students.

  2. Employers Meeting in Nakuru: Employers partnering with Ujima will convene in Nakuru to share their insights and feedback on our training program and collaboration.

  3. Safeguarding Training: To ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and trainees, we will conduct safeguarding training sessions to reinforce our commitment to creating a safe environment for all.

  4. Comundo Annual Meeting: Ujima has been invited to the annual meeting of our sponsor, Comundo, in Malindi. This event provides an opportunity for networking and collaboration on our shared goals.

  5. SKOLL World Forum: Charles, our director, has been invited to attend the SKOLL World Forum in Oxford, representing Ujima Foundation on the global stage and sharing our innovative approaches to youth empowerment.

How You Can Help

Your continued support is vital in sustaining our programs and expanding our reach to more young individuals in need. Whether through donations, volunteering, or spreading awareness, every contribution makes a difference in transforming lives and building a brighter future for Kenyan youth.

Together, we can make a meaningful impact and create lasting change.

Warm regards,

Charles Odhiambo Director, Ujima Foundation

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