At their last meeting, members of the Journalism Club were tasked with writing stories about Uweza and told that the best two would be published online on our blog. Below are the two chosen stories:
UWEZA FOUNDATION by Doron Omondi
It was started in the year 2008 as a soccer and sponsorship programme but later many other activities were introduced. The newly introduced activities include Art class, Journalism club, Cultural troupe, Golden Girls Power and tuition programmes. Uweza was registered as an NGO in 2010 and is located along Karanja Road opposite St. Mary's Hospital.
The Managing Director is Jen Sapitro and the Country Director is Mr. William Moi. The main aim of Uweza Foundation is to create and nurture talents in Kenya and especially in the Kibera slum. In soccer, there are various categories namely under 8 years, under 10 years, under 12 years, under 14 years, under 16 years and senior. Boys are in almost all categories but there are also girls categories.
In art class, those with passion learn how to make good art work and painting. In fact, there are so many paintings on the walls within the Uweza center rooms, which have been done by the art class students. In Journalism club, which I also belong to, we are taught basic journalism skills, responsible journalism and photography too. We also get to write articles of which the best are posted on Uweza blog.
Traditional dances and songs are promoted in the dancing troupe. Speak It Out is an interesting programme for the youths aged from 12 years-old. Here, we get to share life experiences, are taught what life is about, about relationships and what to expect in life. We're also taught on good behaviour.
Golden Girls Power is a club in which girls learn about life skills and also how to make jewelry. The jewelry is sold; hence it is an income generating exercise. In tuition, primary and secondary school goers are given an extra hand in learning and revision. They are also helped to do their homework. This is because some of them can't afford to have electricity in their homes for doing revision of what they have been taught in school.
So far Uweza is a good initiative. This is because many children get to realize and nurture their talents at Uweza and they look forward to what they will become in the future.
JOURNALISM CLUB by Sharon Akinyi
Uweza Foundation is an organisation that gives young people a chance to develop and nurture their talents. The main aim of this organisation is to nurture talents in the Kibera slums. There are many programmes that are run by Uweza Foundation such as Art and Craft, dancing club commonly refered to as Uweza Cultural Troupe and Journalism, just to mention a few.
Journalism club was started in February 2012. It has since been growing with young individuals who are interested in media. It is a club that prepares youth how to become good and responsible journalists. It started with teacher Thomas Bwire, who led the group up to March 2013. This group attends many forums and enjoyable places like Ngong Hills.
We have so far visited two media houses, KBC and Citizen TV, and have been able to meet professionals like Johnstone Mwakazi of Citizen TV. It was an enjoyable and educative tour as we were taught many things that were aimed at helping us in our lives as journalists.
In journalism club, we are taught how to write stories observing the 5W's and H. We are also taught on how to take good photographs. We have our own blog where we write stories and post them there. Every event that takes place at Uweza is written and photographs are posted, this way we are able to share with the rest of the world. This therefore means that it is in Journalism Club that you will get the best writers and photographers.
When we meet on Sunday afternoon, we read and review newspapers, discuss the happenings of the past week and latest news too. Right now we have teacher Mercy Alomba, and she is a good and friendly teacher. I believe that this club will produce fruitful people that will go an extra mile in informing the society.