Mathare Foundation Co-Founder Eric Omwanda Gets Commonwealth Youth Workers Award

Youth workers from eleven countries – Australia, the Bahamas, Fiji, Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, Malta and Nauru, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Uganda – were named as the National Finalists of the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards..

Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Deodat Maharaj, who presented the award, stated: “The Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards recognises the achievements of youth workers, who often work in difficult circumstances, have very few resources and yet make a big difference to the lives of young people. Every youth worker named today should feel justifiably proud of their efforts, for they are national heroes.”

Among the National Finalists was the founder of  Mathare Foundation, Eric Omwanda  based in the Mathare slums of Kenya. Eric inspires the  young people with a mechanism to channel their talents through photography and divert them from crime, alcoholism and prostitution.




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