Mathare Foundation

Organizational Profile

Mathare Foundation is a community based organization that was registered in 2013.  We provide educational programs and mentorship for disadvantaged youth in the Mathare slums of Nairobi, Kenya. We offer hands-on training and technical workshops in photography,film production, performing arts (music and dance), sports, and stay in school programs, young boys and girls from Mathare.

Mathare is a settlement of roughly 500,000 people where the vast majority of the population lives under the poverty index, in houses of mud and corrugated iron sheet. Mathare is the oldest slum in Nairobi and lacks basic services like sanitation, clean water, electricity, and passable roads. As in many impoverished areas, children and teens from Mathare are at incredible risk for unplanned pregnancies, involvement in drugs and alcohol, crime, prostitution, and gangs.

Our programmes are critical in offering a safe respite for children ages 6- 15 years and youth of ages 17 to 25 years  where they can uncover their talents and realize their potential to become young leaders in their communities and beyond.


(i) Reach out to approximately 1,000,000 people in Mathare slums and beyond through our different programs and event.

(ii) 5,000 young people (children and youth) skills improved in , photography, football and performing arts programs.

(iii) About 100 children supported with full and partial scholarship to attend  primary and  secondary schools.

(iv) Improved livelihood for more than 1,000 people .

Eric Omwanda Nehemiah is the brainchild and the Executive Director of Mathare Foundation who has  benefited from youth programs during their adolescence in Mathare and directly understand the immense impact programs such as Mathare Foundation have on young people positive trajectory for the future. Eric Omwanda Nehemiah is an award winning young leader. Eric has won the following awards: Commonwealth Youth Worker Award for Africa region, Resolution Fellowship Project Recipient, Caroline Mutoko Scholarship to attend One Young World, Media and Information Literacy Award by UNESCO.

The Mathare Foundation is looking for thoughtful, compassionate partners to help us achieve our highest ambitions, where Mathare’s youth have ample opportunities to unlock their limitless potential; where they not only have a chance to dream but also see their dreams realized.

Mission Statement

To train and create opportunities for children and youths in media, performing arts, sports, and leadership skills so that they become better citizens in their respective communities.

Our Vision

To be a reputable organization in assisting children in the slum in media trainings, performing arts and sports so that we promote world peace and enhance improved livelihood for children and youths in Mathare slums.




Performing Arts