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  • 1. Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance -
  • 2. About Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance (KMYA)The Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance (KMYA) is an independent national youth network founded inNovember 2003 to empower young Muslims through constructive engagement and encourage participa-tion in nurturing democratic, healthy, and peaceful and a just society for all. KMYA accomplishes itsgoals through capacity building, networking, dialogue, research, health related programs, advocacy andinformation dissemination.The leadership of KMYA appreciates the fact that young Muslims require specific programs that aredesigned for their special needs to facilitate acquisition of knowledge; skills and attitudes to enablethem cope with the demands of a fast changing world without compromising their Islamic values.Currently, the Alliance boasts of broad membership comprising of 153 youth led community basedorganizations (CBOs), subscriber base of over 50,000 youth spread all over the country, relatively posi-tive profiles and an entrenched institutional goodwill. The organization is served by a professional andcompetent team of nine Board members with proven abilities and passion for youth development andwell-being. Youth after attending a KMYA organised workshop. 2
  • 3. Vision, Mission Objectives and ValuesVisionThe Muslim youth potential are nurtured and positively harnessed.MissionTo ensure that the Muslim youth have a voice, access to resources, promote knowledge creation and dis-semination, and nurture community’s future leadership.Objectives i. To provide a functional consortium that is charged with the responsibilities of promoting the interests of the Muslim youth in Kenya. ii. To focus on integrated program approach towards addressing challenges facing the youthful Muslim community. Such challenges include grass root leadership gaps, illiteracy, poverty alleviation, participatory governance, human rights observance and HIV/AIDS among other emerging challenges. iii. To strengthen the capacities of the Muslim youth organizations (e.g. societies, CBOs, FBOs etc) in their efforts to realize their specific objectives and aspirations iv. To pool human and financial resources together to achieve the members’ objectives.Values • Democratic governance and management. • Holistic and integrated approaches in programming interventions. • Gender equity and full enjoyment of human rights by all including the minority and disadvantaged. • Transparency and accountability in resource utilization. • Entrenchment of stability and social sustainability. Garissa youth: kmya promotes the interests of the Muslim youth in Kenya. 3
  • 4. SecretariatKMYA has two fully-fledged modern secretariats that coordinates and implements its programs inKenya. The National Secretariat is based in Nairobi and coordinates activities in the North East,Western and Central regions of the Republic of Kenya while the Mombasa regional office managesprograms and activities in the entire Coastal region. KMYA Regional Secretariate along Moi Avenue-Mombasa. 4
  • 5. Core ProgramsSince inception the Alliance has designed and implemented a number of projects that include thefollowing: 1: Muslims Youth Leadership Development Program 2: Issue Based Advocacy and Awareness Creation 3: Good and Participatory Governance, Democratic Development and Human Security 4: Networking, Partnership and Coalition Building 5: Media Muslim youth outside the KMYA Mombasa office. 5
  • 6. 1: Muslims Youth Leadership Development ProgramThe basic principle and intention of the Muslim Youth Leadership Program (MYLDP) is to encourageyoung Muslims to dream, discover, design, and create their destiny by challenging existing systems thatare not corresponding to the demands of the modern society.KMYA experience of working with a variety of organizations and groups has proven that by focusingon young peoples skills, strengths and abilities; society will significantly increase propensity to performbetter and maximize individual positive potential.Under the MYLDP thematic area, the Alliance has trained 1200 youthful Imams and leaders of youthinitiatives and those drawn from institutions of higher learning. In line with its objective of nurturingcommunity’s leadership, KMYA has developed capacities of youth leaders drawn from youth ledinitiatives at the grassroots across the country. Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance hosted the Muslim youth parliament. 6
  • 7. 2: Issue Based Advocacy and Awareness CreationInvolvement of youth in leadership requires concerted efforts, awareness creation and articulation ofyouth specific issues through well-designed and tailored advocacy campaigns and related strategies.Development of IEC materials and messaging plays a significant role.Under Issue Based Advocacy and Awareness Creation thematic focus, KMYA has worked successfullyon the following areas: 1.Monitoring and Advocacy of the Implementation of Agenda 4: Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC). Through this project, the organization successfully managed to develop the capacity of the local Muslim communities in Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisumu, Nyeri, Garissa, Isiolo and Mombasa. Communities’ leadership was also organized to be able to prepare and present memoranda to TJRC on historical injustices and to seek reparations. 2. Carried out national level advocacy campaigns through publication of issue based articles and opinions in both the New Dawn and The Star publications with the aim of guiding the national discourses and raising the youth voice. 3. Carried out campaigns through Bulk SMS System advocating for peace and peaceful coexistence during the referendum. KMYA meets the Interim Independent Electoral Commission, Chairman, Issack Hassan. 7
  • 8. 3: Good and Participatory Governance, Democracy and Human SecurityGood and Participatory Governance, Democratic Development and Human Security constitutesthematic planks of the Alliance’s programmatic engagements. Since human security is tri level i.e.individual, institutional and structural, it is therefore necessary to base peace building efforts in the livesof the marginalized people- ‘frustrated youth”. KMYA has established that the unemployed youth areforming an ‘army’ of idle people who could easily be manipulated to swing into directed actions andcause political instability and social chaos in the region and the country as a whole.Peace and human security is core to human development and societal progress. Taking into account thefact that Muslims inhabited areas are characterized by incessant conflicts and instability in the neighbor-ing countries, participation of the Muslim youth in peace building and conflict management initiativesis critical.Under this thematic area, the Alliance has implemented the following programs: 1. Peace and Security for Development (PSD) PSD program is considered to be one of the most successful initiatives KMYA has undertaken. The objective of the program is to promote peaceful coexistence by building linkages between youth led initiatives, community leadership, institution of the village elders and the provincial administration. The program successfully bridged the gap between the Muslim youth and the provincial administration, human rights organizations and clerics. This program managed to develop capacities of 240 young men and women through Learning Circles (LC). 2. National Civic Education Program II (NCEP II) KMYA participated in the National Civic Education Program II with the main objective of imparting knowledge on the content of the new constitution so as to make informed decisions when voting during the referendum. The program trained and deployed 30 paralegals across the country. During its implementation, the program applied the Mombasa Katiba Road show. following strategies to reach out to the communities; youth parliament, Village Barazas, soccer tournament and road shows. 8
  • 9. 4: Networking, Partnership and Coalition building Leadership involves networking around issues, partnerships and coalition building with like-minded individuals and institutions. Given myriad challenges facing Kenyan Muslim youth in particular, networking, partnership and coalition building with likeminded individuals constitutes an inescapable step in contemporary leadership. Under this thematic area, KMYA implemented the following programs: a) National Youth Forum (NYF) KMYA is the current host of the National Youth Forum (NYF). Through its leadership, NYF has grown to be the leading youth movement in Kenya. NYF membership currently stands at 20, 000 with a subscriber base of 1.5 million across the country. b) Partnership with Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC)-Get Out the Vote Project Get Out The Vote program was implemented jointly with IIEC South Rift, South West and North Coast. It was aimed at sensitizing the community particularly the youth on the need to register as voters to vote during the referendum and subsequent elections. In Coast region, the project directly mobilized 142, 300 voters in 8 constituencies thanks to the partnership and cooperation of IIEC through house-to-house and media campaigns, village barazas and public rallies. c) Partnership with the Committee of Experts (CoE) KMYA distributed 102, 000 copies of the Harmonized Draft Constitution (HDC) in partnership with the Committee of Experts and through its own network and that of the National Youth Forum (NYF) grassroots network. d) Live Televised Town Hall Meetings As the host organization of the National Youth Forum, KMYA hosted live Televised Town Hall Meetings during pre-referendum period to mobilize young people to vote and Participants in group work during the National Youth Forum Conference in 2010. vote peacefully. 9
  • 10. 5: Media Strengthening and Support Program-The New Dawn PublicationThe media plays an important role in shaping the opinions, ideals and practices of the society, espe-cially the youth. The advent and penetration of Information Technologies (IT), presents both oppor-tunities and challenges for the youth. IT presents great business opportunities for the youth. However,IT also predispose the youth to social ills such as pornography. Cognizant of these opportunities andchallenges, KMYA uses it’s in-house media-the New Dawn to positively influence the youth.KMYA has published and distributed the New Dawn in Kenya since 2007.The New Dawn providesreaders with general news as well as news and stories about the Muslim community, the Islamic religion,and the importance of tolerance in a pluralistic society. Many articles clearly focused on democraticinstitutions, good governance and accountability.New DawnThe New Dawn publication have recorded the following successes since its inception: • Carried out 8 regional launches targeting the Muslim leadership, business people and other stakeholders with the aim of increasing its market portfolio and to attract advertisements for sustainability. • Promote feedback from readers to understand issues affecting the Muslim youth through Bulk SMS System. • Reduced publication’s publishing time frame from monthly to bi-monthly publication. Broadcast Radio ProgramsKMYA have been running a number of radio programs with the aim of imparting civic knowledge andpromoting dialogue around issues of concern to young people and the society at large. Radio Rahma inMombasa airs Tuzungumze 1 hour live radio program on Sunday evening. A New Dawn newspaper distributer. 10
  • 11. 6: KMYA Partners • British High Commission • USAID Kenya • Royal Danish Embassy • Canadian High Commission • Embassy of the United States of America • Cordaid Foundation • URAIA • National Endowment for Democracy (NED) 11