Destiny Shapers is a Community Based Organization (C.B.O) started by a group of youth with passion and zeal to help change the status quo and lives of people living in the Korogocho slum in Nairobi, Kenya. The idea to set up a C.B.O came about after interacting with the community as volunteers for over one year when the youth group felt it necessary to register themselves as a CBO under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development in November 2013.
Destiny Shapers envisions a disciplined, independent and morally upright society. Our Mission is to train and equip our pupils and parents to face the challenges posed by their environment and the world and give them the necessary skills and platform needed to shape their character, discipline, and morals.
Our model oscillates around early childhood development, primarily through the operation of a Center, which in turn facilitates community empowerment via the regular support of the parents in various thematic areas mainly education, health, socio-economic empowerment. Through these themes we have over the years conducted training/seminars, counseling and networking sessions in conjunction with numerous partners both at an individual capacity and corporate levels.
Our underlying mission is to ensure a solid foundation for the child with a replication of the character and habits, being practiced both in school and at home.
Our children are the future of tomorrow, and as a community, we must ensure we build a strong foundation in which these children will advance to higher heights. Our exclusive focus on early childhood guarantees that the child benefits from a grand start irrespective of their background furthermore creating an inbuilt confidence to allow the child prosper in any engagement with ‘outside world.’
In this regards, we aim at three key aspects namely: Literacy, Character Moulding, and Talent Management.
Destiny Shapers seeks to empower parents and guardians towards being self-reliance and independent by giving them a legitimate skill and a source of income earning. Our aim is counter-attacking the dependency syndrome of Korogocho, i.e., dependency syndrome; people want to be given everything without working hard for it, and this begets violence.
The situation worsens when the children born to these families end up living in similar or deteriorating circumstances leading to an increase in poverty and crime.
To avert this, we at destiny Shapers seek a different avenue of community support. We believe in “teaching them to fish and not giving them the fish.” Such an approach will ensure that even in the presence/absence of hand-outs they can still legitimately feed their families and this also goes to improving their self-worth.
The Korogocho slum is the fourth largest informal settlement in Nairobi, after Kibera, Mathare and Mukuru Kwa Njenga. It is in the eastern part of Nairobi, approximately 11 kilometers from the central business district. It is estimated to house between 100,000 and 120,000 people on 1.5 square kilometers of land owned by the Government of Kenya. It borders the largest dumping site in Nairobi – the Dandora dumping site – posing environmental health and security risk for the residents and surrounding settlements.
The total number of households enumerates approximately at 18,537, with the largest of the seven villages consisting of 3,481 homes. The current sources of data also estimate that the children exceed 4,000 and they are only two County Council schools, serving them. The open spaces in Korogocho, like in other informal settlements, are also few thus limiting recreation and other forms of leisure opportunities for young people. This inadequacy of education and favorable recreation facilities has increased the utilization of alcohol and substance abuse paving the way to unwanted pregnancies.
Due to the minimal educational opportunities, the unemployment rate is very high with most employed as casual workers in seasonal jobs. Some of the tasks include washing clothes, carrying heavy loads in the markets, pulling handcarts, draining the pit latrine and garbage collection. The more affluent tend to manage informal businesses, with most women operating road-side business units offering goods at cheaper rates. Men, on the other hand, prefer more manual based income generating activities such as carpentry, welding, and construction
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