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Somali and Kenyan Youth Build Understanding

Somali and Kenyan Youth Build Understanding

Published: July 8, 2011

Somali and Kenyan youth visit Kibera, the world's largest slum to learn about the work of youth organizations working for change.  For more pictures view the slideshow.

Photo: AFSC

AFSC held an 8-day exchange between 47 Somali and Kenya youth to promote constructive dialogue.  Participants learned from each other’s experiences of youth employment, sports as a tool for development, and the promotion of human rights. The program was included partnerships with a Somaliland youth organization and a Kenyan youth program. 

After visits to both Nairobi and North Eastern Kenya the youth left with a greater awareness and understanding of the dilemmas facing youth today and a drive to promote sharing and change in their communities.

Youth in my region don’t have a voice so they sometimes have nowhere to take their ideas. I liked attending the workshop and sharing my ideas, and experiences with other youth. I was impressed that the Kenyan youth are well networked even where they have no help from the government. I really enjoyed the visit to Garissa [Northeastern Kenya]!

 - Somali youth participant

Look for at the full article about the project in AFSC’s Quaker Action edition this summer.