Bouncing Back from Economic Effects of Covid-19.

May 29, 2022

Covid-19 has disrupted and affected what we all call normal around the world. Its effects have had a major impact on young people especially in developing countries where they are prone to vulnerabilities like drug abuse, crime, and violence extremism; just to mention a few. Unemployment is one of the major challenges faced by youth in Kenya, yet again, Covid-19 worsened the situation with imposed curfews and restrictions to economic activities that involved physical contact.

The need to support young people bounce-back from the economic effects of Covid-19 has been more than dire. SambaSports Youth Agenda believes that economically empowered youth play a huge role in the advancement of government’s economic agenda. With support from the European Union and Aga Khan Foundation, SambaSports has is providing young people in Kwale with entrepreneurship training and mentorship to inspire and support them bouncing back.

Young people go through a six-week online training that equips them with skills and knowledge in developing business ideas, writing business plans, pitching, and running small business from locally available resources. They are inspired to work in teams and encouraged to practice peer-to-peer training—cascading the knowledge to others that have not received the training. Upon completion of the training, the trainees gather for a Chachawiza Session. Chachawiza is an edutainment session that features skits, sporting and arts activities highlighted by motivational and inspirational talks from young and successful entrepreneurs and government officials.

The most recent Chachawiza Session held on  18th May 2022 at Ukunda Show Ground in Msambweni Subcounty, young people had the pleasure of hearing from a variety of guests among them the Director of Youths, Mr. .Ken Simiyu, who emphasized on the importance of digital training and encouraged them to explore other platforms like the Ajira digital platform which offers entrepreneurship capacity building and the Kenya Youth Employment and Opportunities Program (KYEOP). Also, Mr. Jawa Mwachupa, a representative from the Youth Enterprise Development Fund urged young people to venture into business and seek opportunities for funding in grants and loans.

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Meet The Team

Abigael Ndizi Kavithu

Abigael is an enthusiastic and passionate mentor for adolescents in school with a reputable public speaking ability. She is pursuing education at Kenyatta University. Her interest in child protection has seen her pursuing a certificate in child and drug abuse counselling at Amani Training Institute College. She has been a member since 2018, seeing herself be part of several projects including the Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Induction (ASRHI) and Kumekucha Quest. Abigael enjoys inspiring and influencing healthier behavior among adolescents—sees herself as an agent of change.

Wendy Baraza

Wendy is a high school teacher with demonstrated communication skills both verbal and written. She regards herself as compassionate, dedicated, enthusiastic, and goal-driven. She believes in her commitment towards educational and social development of learners. Wendy’s satisfaction comes from serving the community through inspiring and influencing healthy behavior among adolescents and young people—with her work in the English Access Microscholarship program.

Abdulkadir Mwandaro

Abdulkadir is a versatile individual with a background in Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Road Routine Maintenance and Do-Nou Technology, and STCW Mandatory. Since 2019, he has been on course towards his passion to create a positive change in the community by inspiring young people to make the right choices in life—as a field assistant of the Shared Futures Project

Riziki Hamisi Mwakusirikwa

Riziki shares a wealth of experience in community development. She is trained as a trainer of trainers adequately in several areas including life skills, crime prevention, and counselling. Riziki is also pursuing a diploma un counselling psychology at Amani Training Institute College. She is an active advocate on GBV, land issues, women and youth mentorship. Her love for the community has seen her through various projects including Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Induction (ASRHI), Shared Futures Project, and Kumekucha Quest

Amina Chombo
Resource Education Facilitator

Da Amina, as many love calling her, is a renowned journalist in the Coastal region of Kenya with a vast experience of over 10 years in the mainstream media. She is the Head of Department—Media and Public Relations at SambaSports Youth Agenda. She commands both English and Kiswahili Languages and she is rightfully a mentor and idol to many aspiring journalists, especially from Kwale. Her love for the community is unmatched as she explains that volunteering in both community and family development gives her unending joy

Bakari Mwabugu

Mwabugu has a background in Emergency Management and Humanitarian Assistance. He shares undying passion for dealing with emergencies and researching on disasters, as well as seeking entrepreneurship in disaster management. Mwabugu has a rich experience as volunteer in the community stretching from his work with Kenya Red Cross and now with SambaSports Youth Agenda. He is also equipped with skills in firefighting, data collection, dead body management, first aid, and psychosocial support and trauma healing

Mariam Mohammed
Drug Abuse Counselor

Mariam has a background in Community Development and Social Work. She is a trained Mediator and Trauma Counselor. Mariam is a ToT on Value-Based Education and an ambassador to Young Cities. She shares a considerable amount of experience in her work with the community playing various roles as Girl Child mentor, Trauma Counselor for youths and adolescents, and mediating. Mariam is a long-serving Project Assistant for the Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Induction project. She shares the unending passion for community service also traveling and socializing describe her best interests.

Juma Mugodo

Juma Mugodo is a football fanatic and his passion for the game has seen him getting into coaching. He is hugely appreciated for unveiling talents among adolescent boys and nurturing them to becoming reputable footballers over the years. Moreover, Juma is an astute facilitator on life skills, drug abuse and Value Based education. He loves reading and making new friends.