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The French government created the Social Fund for Development (SFD) in 1993 in order to provide financial support to local communities in their development initiatives. SFD meets two goals: to contribute to poverty alleviation efforts, as well as to give the beneficiaries a chance to be directly involved in the development process.

Mathare Foundation is one of the beneficiaries of the Social Fund for Development which is administered by the French Embassy in Nairobi. The French Embassy will be supporting our project dubbed Raising Voices- A Photo start Photography workshops for young people between 8-16 years old. This project will last for 12 months. Follow French Embassy on


The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by former President of the United States Barack Obama as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The need to invest in grooming strong, results-oriented leaders comes out of the statistics: nearly 1 in 3 Africans are between the ages of 10 and 24, and approximately 60% of Africa’s total population is below the age of 35.

Who will empower and lead these young Africans? Who will shape the future of business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management? In order to answer these questions, YALI promotes three models designed to identify and empower young leaders: the YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship, YALI Network, and the Regional Leadership Centers across Africa.To learn more about the three components of YALI, please view this video

Mandela Washington alumni ,  Young African Leaders’ Initiative Regional Leadership Center East Africa Alumni and Mathare Foundation are partnering on  Pesa Yetu- Haki Yetu- Our Resources, Our Responsibility. This is a project that seeks to audit expenses of the Constituency Development Fund. The project will target the following areas, Nairobi, Machakos and Taita Taveta counties.


The Pollination Project seeks to unleash GOODNESS and expand COMPASSION all over the world. We make daily seed grants to inspiring social change-makers who are committed to a world that works for all.

Beyond Skills is a project of the Mathare Foundation that received support from the The Pollination Project. We seek to train 20 young people aged 13 to 17 years in Photography and Life Skills.


The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 52 independent and equal sovereign states. It is home to 2.2 billion citizens, of which over 60% are under the age of 30. The Commonwealth includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, spanning five regions. Thirty-one of its members are small states, many of them island nations.

Commonwealth countries are supported by an active network of more than 80 intergovernmental, civil society, cultural and professional organisations.

Our guiding principles are contained in the Commonwealth Charter

The Commonwealth Secretariat

The Commonwealth Secretariat provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries. We support governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.

Our work promotes democracy, rule of law, human rights, good governance and social and economic development. We are a voice for small states and a champion for youth empowerment.

Priority areas of work are agreed at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, which occur every two years. The next summit is in the United Kingdom in 2018.

Our Vision

To help create and sustain a Commonwealth that is mutually respectful, resilient, peaceful and prosperous and that cherishes equality, diversity and shared values.

Our Mission

We support member governments, and partner with the broader Commonwealth family and others, to improve the well-being of all Commonwealth citizens and to advance their shared interests globally.

For more information, please contact us.

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The Purpose of Wings of Support is to help children in countries that KLM, a Dutch airline, flies to by means of facilitating education, shelter and medical care. Wings of Support wants to bring about sustained improvement of the quality of life of these children in their own environment.

Wings of Support partnered with Mathare Foundation by purchasing much needed office and training equipment in the Beyond The Horizon Project in 2015.Get involved with Wings of Support on


Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School is a Catholic high school administered by the Toronto Catholic District School Board in the Etobicoke area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, named after a Basilian father and founder of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Henry Carr .The school donated football uniforms and playing boots to Mathare Foundation. Please visit us on






Africalia is a not-for-profit organisation which was founded at the end of 2000, on the initiative of the Belgian Development Cooperation and at the instigation of secretary of state Eddy Boutmans.

Initially the organisation focused on distributing African productions in Belgium but as of 2007 Africalia became a cultural cooperation organisation which promotes sustainable human development by supporting African culture and contemporary art.

With this goal in mind Africalia works with African cultural operators in civil society whose activities encompass a wide range of disciplines: from the audiovisual sector and literature to the performing arts and the visual arts.

Africalia’s activities aim to strengthen the technical, artistic and organisational capabilities of the sector’s professionals and to foster democratic debate through the empowerment and the participation of individuals and communities in cultural life. Africalia also encourages the emergence and the consolidation of cultural networks on the national, regional and continental level, by setting up collaborations and exchanges between partners that work in similar fields.

Africalia currently works with 20 organisations and networks in 8 sub-Saharan countries: Burkina Faso, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Africalia supports Mathare Foundation through Alliance of Slum Media Organization to implement the

Slum Kids Festival +254

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Alliance of Slum Media Organization (ASMO)  is a consortium of 6 slum media based organizations namely Mathare Foundation Slum TV, K-Youth Media, GPAY, Mwelu Foundation & Slum Film Festival. The consortium’s objectives are doing joint programming and fundraising, distribution of content, telling the slum story and training quality assurance. Contact them on


The Canon brand is today synonymous with quality and consistency, driven by the company’s passion, imagination, knowledge and loyalty to its customers.

Canon Middle East donated the digital cameras used by the children in Mathare Foundation. Canon also supports the Silent Stories photography exhibition organized by Mathare Foundation by donating funds to cover exhibition costs. Canon also printed the photos used by Mathare Foundation in 2015 for Beyond the Horizon photo project. If you are in need of any Canon product please visit


Slum Sanaa (Sanaa is Swahili for Arts) is a Community-Based Organization established to promote arts-based activities in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Slum Sanaa is a base where talents interact, learn, create, share new ideas and network in order to develop well organized art groups.

Slum Sanaa partners with  Mathare Foundation to organize and host an annual kids festival dubbed  the

Slum Kids Festival +254. Visit their work on

ghetto radio

Ghetto Radio was set up to reveal the fuller picture of urban African ghetto life and culture by being a channel through which ghetto inhabitants, artists as well as regular inhabitants of slums and ghettos, can tell their own stories.

Ghetto Radio helps Mathare Foundation by offering free publicity for our programs and events. Check them on

the awesomeFOND

The Awesome Foundation is a worldwide community devoted to forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe. The Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators.

The Awesome Foundation Nairobi supports Mathare Foundation by giving us a grant to support the Silent Stories photography project. You want to be involved reach us on


Lensational is a global non-profit social enterprise that provides marginalised women and girls with cameras and photography trainings. Mathare Foundation is in partnership with Lensational. Early this year(2016) they  trained 10 adolescent girls from Mathare Foundation in basic photography skills. If you Interested in their please do not hesitant to know more about them on


Vizazi is an international expert center for youth interventions. Vizazi offers high quality training and counseling services for at-risk youth living in informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya.

Vizazi organizes and runs the Write Junior Club, where children learn to adapt to trauma through writing. Vizazi invites Mathare Foundation children and leaders to participate in the writing workshops. Check out Vizazi on