John Muganda Chavasu, Empowering Single Mothers and Young Women in Nairobi

John Muganda Chavasu received his degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Nairobi before founding the Otto Benecker Development Foundation, a Kenya-based non-profit that aims to empower socio-economically disadvantaged single mothers and teenagers in the slums of Nairobi.

Together with a team of 10 volunteers from the Foundation, John is tackling high rates of female unemployment, gender-based violence, STD’s, and teen pregnancy in the slums of Mathare and Dagoretti, Nairobi.

Since May of 2015, this team of volunteers have been providing artistic training to 30 young single mothers from Dagoretti. Works of art produced by program participants are slated for sale in nearby markets to provide the women with a source of income.

Additionally, they are currently spearheading a project to provide young women from the area (ages 10-30) with football equipment and professional classes under the guidance of local coaches and team managers. Not only will these classes provide young girls with enhanced self-esteem, but John plans to use the initiative as a platform for educating the women on reproductive and sexual health.

For more information, please visit the Otto Benecker Development Foundation’s website.

GRANT AWARD DATE: June 16, 2015