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UGALI

Bringing Joy and opportunity to the Kenyan Youth

aka Ugali Youth   |   Cincinnati, OH   |  ugaliyouth.org

Mission

Inspire hope for the future: Our hope for the future is that even as Kenyan youth struggle with poverty and wait for support, they know joy and the presence of God.

Ruling year info

2019

Director

Mr Patrick Odongo

Co Principal Officer

Mr. Christopher Odongo

Main address

11831 Woodvale Ct

Cincinnati, OH 45246 USA

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EIN

31-1744674

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Rural (S32)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Maisha Girls Safe House

MAISHA SAFE HOUSE MISSION:
Maisha safe house mission is to reach out, receive and protect girls in the most vulnerable situations of sexual violence and abuses.
PROVIDING SAFE SPACES FOR HEALING FROM ABUSE
Maisha girls Safe house project was initiated in the sprawling slums of Majengo, Pumwani, and the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya in 2014. It was then registered as a community project in the year 2015 by financial support of well-wisher from Drammen, Norway.
The safe house hosts young girls and young women who have survived sexual related violations in most cases abused and kicked out of their homes by either abusive parents or relatives. Maisha girls have been rescued from various violations, while others ran away from the daily abuses with no family, no support, and no one to turn to but the safe house.
Maisha safe house home fills the gap that is largely observed in referral path of survivors of sexual violence. Offering these girls with increased opportunities for case management and community integration, a core purpose of the shelter. Maisha girls safe house creates and help direct linkages with relevant institutions that assist in rehabilitation, long term shelter, treatment, education and temporally rescue placement. In this safe space the girls receive counselling, basic treatment, temporally shelter and other personal and immediate needs.
Our target group are girls and young women between the age of 11-24 years. Though we are also open to extending support to girls with emergency needs, mainly pregnant girls or girls with babies with no place to stay.
The girls voluntarily join the Maisha family and are free to leave if and when they choose to, though most of the girls have no choice but to stay due to ongoing court cases and fear for their lives, among other safety concerns.
Currently Maisha Safe House is blessed to host 28 young girls and 8 children who immediately need our love and support in areas of medical attention, protection, counseling, guidance, and education.
In order to break the chains of despair and unlock the doors to mental, emotional and psychological freedom. Maisha Safe House girls need intensive, specialized services that are foundation to their well being. We call these services the foundation to freedom that leads to living a fulfilled life.
Safety & Basic Care- Foundational needs such as shelter, food, clothing and security
Counseling & Medical- Healing for wounded hearts and bodies
Education & Training- Personalized education and vocational training plans
Social Work & Legal Advocacy- Community social work and the pursuit of justice
For the youth to succeed academically and develop emotionally, they must first feel safe, loved, and valued. Maisha Safe House under the loving care of Florence Keya gives these girls unconditional love and care they so deserve to grow into curious, confident young women that they were meant to become.
To have the ability to equip these young women with the foundation to sustainable freedom, we need you. Your partnership empowers these girls to achieve sustainable building blocks throughout their lives. You can join the fight against girl trafficking, domestic abuse, youth exploitation and abuse.
Join us today in offering these girls building blocks to form a strong foundation of love, hope and confidence in their daily lives.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Women and girls

Our Adopt-A-School program is a partnership between local and international communities, businesses, organizations and other entities that make a difference in the lives of our students.

The program is about finding ways for our local and international communities to support our schools and, in turn, benefit our teachers, staff and – ultimately, and most importantly of all – our students. Our partners serve as a cornerstone for our students and staff in multiple ways, including:

Sponsoring field trips, projects or contests
Promoting academic or social programs
Supporting after-school clubs, groups and teams
Mentoring or tutoring students both individually or in small groups
Honoring students and/or staff for their achievements
Fundraising for school supplies and other classroom needs

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Non-adult children

Why bring Nuru of hope to Mathare: The name Nuru means Light in Swahili

“No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door: the purpose of light is to create more light, to open people’s eyes, to reveal the marvels around.” ~ Paulo Coelho

Background:

For the past 20 years, the people of Nuru Centre have worked with the children, youth and parents in Mathare, one of the oldest and worst slums in Africa. They persevere with hope for a better life in spite of the conditions around them.
Our dream is for Nuru Centre to become a multi-level community center housing a church, school and training center, and a community restaurant. Our goal is to help 500 young people rise above the horrific poverty that surrounds them. {learn more link here}
The Nuru Centre will be a bright contrast to the current conditions of Mathare. Located three miles from the center of Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, Mathare is home to 700,000 people, crowded into two square miles.
Among these congested living spaces, families of four share a ten-by-ten foot home, cobbled together from sheet metal, scrap wood and mud. They have no source of clean water, streets that are really open sewers, and roads that do not allow fire or police vehicles to enter. They lack adequate food, shelter and healthcare; disease and lawlessness are rampant.
Your gift can help the Nuru Centre give orphaned and the poorest of poor children welcoming, safe classrooms, nutritious meals, life skills, and a vision for a better life.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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UGALI

Board of directors
as of 11/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Patrick Odongo

Ugali Youth

Term: 2015 - 2023


Board co-chair

Mr Christopher Odongo

Ugali Youth

Term: 2018 - 2023

Dr. Mercy Kitavi

Dr. Angela Migowa

Aga Khan University Hospital

Jamie Gobeille

Dr. Stephanie Ibemere

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/28/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/28/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.