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UNDUGU SOCIETY OF KENYA

Living the promise

About Our Organization

Background

Undugu Society of Kenya (USK) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was established way back in 1973 by the late Father Arnold Grol, a Dutch priest. He founded the organization after he observed a growing disturbing phenomenon of children living and working on the streets of Nairobi and its environs. USK has been working to improve the lives of children living on the streets and it is one of the pioneering organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on the rehabilitation and reintegration of children and youth living and working on the streets. The organization also implements interventions aimed at the empowerment of whole communities in poor urban and rural areas of Kenya, as a strategy to ensure the protection and care of the children and youth therein.

Over the years, USK has continued to be dynamic in its programmes, geographical coverage and management of institutions. USK's head office is in Westlands, Nairobi, with satellite offices in Dandora, Machakos, Kisumu and Gwassi. The staff in Nairobi oversee the implementation of interventions in and around Limuru, Kiambu, Ruiru and Thika. The staff in the Machakos office are in charge of interventions in the Eastern Kenya region while the Kisumu and Gwassi offices are in charge of the Western Kenya region . Currently, program interventions are both curative and preventive, laying emphasis on three cross-cutting issues, namely; Gender Mainstreaming, Children and Youth with Disabilities and Environmental sustainability.

Over the years, USK has shifted its focus from being solely a direct service provider to the integration of service delivery with advocacy at both national and international levels and the capacity building and empowerment of smaller and less experienced organizations in the East African Region. This has had a great impact and change on the organization’s target group and coverage area.

Vision

A just society where all children and youth live a decent life

Mission

To promote socio-economic empowerment of vulnerable children, youth and marginalized communities for self-reliance.

Core values

Solidarity with the vulnerable

Integrity

Accountability

Courage of conviction

Team work

Justice

Equity