Dream Achievers Youth Organization (DAYO)

Dream Achievers Youth Organization (DAYO) was established in May 2005 under the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Services with registration no. SS/MSA/CD/CBO/09/03 as a non-profitable and non-political community based organization formed by a group of young volunteers

Location: Mombasa Kenya , Coast
Year founded: 2005

Description

The Organization

Dream Achievers Youth Organization (DAYO) was established in May 2005 under the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Services with registration no. SS/MSA/CD/CBO/09/03 as a non-profitable and non-political community based organization formed by a group of young volunteers who wanted to mitigate challenges among young people through community theatre as a participatory strategy of disseminating, educating and informing the community on issues of adolescence sexual and reproductive health, human rights, HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB with a focus on young women and youth so that they can protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies, drug abuse and HIV among other infections.

Vision of DAYO

Community where youth are free from diseases and poverty.

Mission DAYO

Our mission is to build capacity and respond by preventing and reducing the risks of diseases and socio-economic situations among youth in the region.

DAYO Core Values

  • Integrity and professionalism
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Equality and equity
  • Compassion
  • Team work


DAYO Strategic Objectives:

DAYO strategic themes form the focus for concerted action of organizational existence. The themes for this subsequent organization include: -

  • Improving DAYO’s capacity to design and implement quality and sustainable youth programs. This shall involve on-Job Training of program staff and associates at DAYO, recruiting highly skilled staff to fill the core departments of DAYO and procuring more equipment and furniture to enhance efficiency of employees, volunteers and interns.
  • Improving the quality of knowledge on SRHR and Governance among the young people served by DAYO. This shall involve integration and strengthening employee and volunteer capacity, increasing access to information, resources and service on SRHR and governance among youth to ensure quality youth friendly services. This shall be carried through research and development of appropriate IEC materials, conducting training and sensitization for TOT’s on SRHR and Governance, development and distribution of IEC materials on SRHR and governance and carrying out assessments and activities on SRH Rights and Governance.
  • Enhance sustainability of DAYO. DAYO shall aim at Capacity building on organization internal structure and promote collaboration and partnership for strengthening integration and linkages with other organization and programs through synergy. This shall involve expanding the revenue streams by increasing income generating activities, establishing a SACCO for members of DAYO and implementing the set policies and procedures in the organization.
  • Empower youth in the community served by DAYO economically. DAYO shall promote collective bargaining of young people and ensure improved livelihood for youth. This objective shall be achieved through establishment of a resource mobilization committee, training youth on entrepreneurship skills, conducting theater production training for youth and creating linkages for youth with micro-finance institutions to expand their resource base.
• Women &Young girls Sewing and Hairdressing Vocational Program

About

There exists a huge gap in the education systems that hinders Kenyan girls from realizing their full potential and prepares them on the path of being active global citizens. Many girls hardly get the right/relevant type of education that would make them overcome the social, cultural and health challenges at their immediate environment. Crosscutting factors affecting girl education include persistent high level of poverty, especially in urban slums and rural areas whereby most families are unable to cover the cost of their children's education and opportunity costs for sending children to school are high. Furthermore, as socio-cultural norms based on patriarchy prevail, families tend to give priority to boys' education when faced with financial constraints. In addition, factors such as lack of adequate infrastructure, inadequate guidelines for policy implementation, as well as prevalence of HIV and AIDS, have prevented girls from accessing education.

Kilifi and Mombasa are among the poorest performing counties in Kenya on primary and secondary education for both girls and boys. The situation of girls and women in these counties is exacerbated by unequal gender relations which are amongst the worst in Kenya. Female adult literacy is only 38%, compared to 67% for men. Girls are disadvantaged from the outset by lower enrolment rates for education, higher drop-out rates, early child-bearing and limited access to economic opportunities.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

Girls and young women who haven’t completed primary or secondary education and doesn’t have any vocational training skills.

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Program Description

In Kenya there have been established several training institutional
aimed at bridging the gap for students who have not managed to access
either primary, secondary, tertiary or university education. There are
also other government schemes and national development programmes such
as National youth Service among others. However due to high level of
corruption and high cost charged for tuition fee, the good intention
have not yet been achieved.

Though girls have benefited from
the free education, there is still a bigger challenge and gap
experienced by those who don’t manage to get secondary education due to
social economic reason such as lack of school fees.

These
situations therefore have exposed these young girls into early marriage,
and other cultural practices that hinder progress.

Very
little attention is focused on vocational training skills and government
have always minimized its support. Due to changing dynamics of the work
profession, the government need more trained skills to bridge the gap
of unemployment among young girls in Kisauni.

The major reason why we need the funding is to supply sewing machines, hairdressing materials and other equipments required at the upcoming training college.

The
program aims to equip young girls and women with sewing and
hairdressing skills to enable them gain financial independent and reduce
poverty. Women need to be empowered in order to contribute to the
economic, social well being of the nation and government as whole. This will create job for the young girls and women and survivors of Gender Based Violence.

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Demonstrated Need

The existing community have established other business skills such as computer training skills and agricultural skills. 80% of the target group have been married and experiencing financial challenges due to dependency rate on their partners. The family income is also insufficient to fully cater for the daily needs of the family.

The communities have involved the ministry of education to create vocational training institutions at the community level but there has been futile. The existing institutions are costly and are kilometres away from the target group.

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Program Accomplishments

In the past Eleven years DAYO has been in operation, the organization has managed to secure financial resources for its programs through networking and collaboration, which has strengthened the organizations internal and institutional capacity. Through funds from Youth Enterprise Development Fund and Kenya Community Development Foundation, the organization has engaged in various income generating activities such as hiring of public address system, chairs, tents and the establishment of Youth Revolving Funds (SACCO) to support access to loan facility by the youth within Mombasa County.

DAYO worked to sensitize the community on the importance of Good Governance and Civic Education, Magnet theatre outreaches used by DAYO promoted uses of participatory non-cognitive methods in disseminating information and reaching out to high number of beneficiaries. This has also promoted the use of youth friendly services at Mlaleo health centre as a model. DAYO has also raised awareness in the community on issues of HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse.

Through dance4life, DAYO implemented in Mombasa has become the best practice in engagement of youth in developing life skills and prevention of HIV infection. In Kenya, dance4life is currently implemented in 80 public and private schools in Mombasa and Nairobi, reaching over 15, 000 young people. The focus of the program used to be only on HIV and AIDS, but has since expanded to include SRH&R and life skills. This enabled the youth to acquire skills in order to make the right healthy decisions in their lives. Ten youth from the active school level dance4 life program were nominated to the youth council which is an advisory board for the dance4life program, and currently helping in decision making and giving their youthful opinion and input to not only improve dance4life but ensure youth perspective is factored in programming.

DAYO worked to sensitize the community on the importance of education and how to improve the quality of education; this was carried through collaboration with Uwezo Kenya. Basic literacy and numeracy skills assessment of children between 6-16 years was carried out through Annual Learning Assessment (ALA) framework.

In 2012 DAYO Partnered with FilmAid to implement Sita Kimya Project on video based activities in informal settlements area in Mombasa County cover three Sub Counties Likoni, Kisauni and Bangladesh in Mombasa. This was the fourth phase of activities on sexual and gender-based violence that was first launched in 2010 in Kibera. These project areas are slums characterized by extreme poverty with heavy reported cases of SGBV.

The project incorporated a new school outreach strategy targeting children in schools through video Screenings, school debates and poetry, drawing sculpture and writing competition. Morio’s transformation may be the epiphany residents have been waiting for in breaking the conspiracy of silence and taking action on SGBV.

DAYO while networking with relevant health organizations has eased the referral of youth to friendly health services and facilities contributing to HIV/AIDS prevention through counseling and testing services and treatment. This has also promoted the use of youth friendly services at Mlaleo health centre as a model, through AHF Kenya financial and technical support.

DAYO received funding from United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) under Youth Solidarity Fund; the fund provides seed funding to outstanding youth-led initiatives that promote long-term constructive relationships between people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. The project supported Countering Violent & Extremism through capacity build and providing youths at risk with positive alternative to enable them to resist the lure to join extremist groups within three counties; Kwale, Mombasa and Kilifi.

DAYO developed and performed plays, skits and poems that depicted the current social-political situation in satirical manner and provided information on citizen’s rights, intercultural and religious diversity, extremism, youth and constitutionalism among other issues. Performances and radio programs also was used as well as IEC materials to highlight the benefit of civic engagement political manipulation.

DAYO received grant from USAID Kenya through Kenya Transition Initiative to implement a six month project that involves theatre activities within Kwale and Mombasa County in Coast Region by using participatory theatre as a tool of passing critical messages to the community.Project enhance citizen participation through use of performing arts to build the of capacity and understanding of Kwale and Mombasa constituents, especially youth, on key provisions of the 2010 constitution relating to good governance, leadership, land and the electoral process and provide key messaging that encourages peaceful participation in 2013 general elections.

DAYO also partnered with the Community Media Trust to implement a project dubbed ‘Sisi Kama Kenya (SKK).Sisi Kama Kenya is a film, photography and print multimedia project that seeks to highlight the perceived ethno-political and socio-economic differences existing in Kenya and create points of convergence around this diversity to catalyze positive social action which fosters national cohesion and unity among Kenyans, especially the youth. Project newly acquired photography, video-graphy and new media skills; contribute ideas and thoughts on positive social actions to remedy these prejudices at both community and national level.

DAYO has also benefited from mentorship program funded by USAID through WOFAK that supported the improvement of capacity of local organization providing reliable, quality and sustainable health services to the community. DAYO members of staff were trained and mentored. The organization also developed manuals and systems for Finance, Human Resource, Resource Mobilization, Monitoring and Evaluation and strategic plan, this puts us at a position of effectively implementing programs within the standard operation plan (SOP). In addition to the above summary of the organization engagement in community involvement and engagement with different services and strategies, DAYO is a learning organization with ambitions of up taking more initiatives aligned to our core values and institutional program core drivers that will result to support and development of the community.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

A system for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is an important component if sustainability of projects .M&E is an indicator for the project which provides an opportunity for changes in program implementation as well as monitors various assumptions and risks in overall management. Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) will help in meeting information needs of DAYO as an organizations as well and sharing the same with different partners and stake holders namely : donors ,community policy makers , NGOs and government agencies .The intention of M&E will promote evidence –based decision making in order to achieve management aspects of the project and its objectives .

Indicators will be developed and defined to periodically review the need to meet additional information requirements necessitated by the project. An activity level, the indicators will be a check list for performance tacking, goal achievement and development of best practices .emphasis will be placed on datequality, analysis and storage. Routine administrative data system will be strengthened and harmonized accordingly. In addition, qualities, quantitative methodologies shall be employed to further explore to topics to critical importance, monitoring will be conducted frequently and often as possible.

DAYO will also strengthen its M&E for the project by using its M&E framework to define responsibilities and develop M&E plan .The M&Esystem will be used in the project to provide guidance when itcomes to assessing whether the project is being conducted as planned ;assessing progress in meeting set goals ;and assessing whether or notthe project is addressing theneeds for which it bests to bring change .An M&E plan will be developed to understand the goals and objectives of the project and the sequence of steps needed to achieve the desire outcomes . M&E plan in this case also define the relationship between keys factors to implementation and delineate the internal and external elements that could hinder success ,and outline the monitoring and evaluation measures to ensure result oriented performance .further ,the M&E plan will provide a comprehensive guideline upon which performance can be tracked ,predicted, measured and improved at the same time providing an opportunity an opportunity for accountability .Data collection tools ,reporting tools , performance continuously .A guide for the best practices and success band humanstories will be developed to strengthen dissemination of project outcomes and to support future projects .

The key purpose of the M&E plan will be to

  • Ensure that project activities areimplemented in accordance with the proposed strategy as well as reporting sequence
  • Assist to measure the extent to which project target are achieved
  • Assist in understanding and analyzing the project indicators
  • Help to develop sound monitoring and evaluation work plans an d implantation of monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Articulate project goal and measurable short , medium and long-term objectives
  • Define relationships among inputs , activities , outputs , outcomes and impacts
  • Demonstrate how activities will lead to desired outcomes and impacts
The M&E level activities will include data audits, spot-checks, field monitoring visits, FGDs with beneficiaries and stakeholders, evaluations, reporting and information dissemination. The dissemination of project results will be conducted through stakeholder’s forum, review meeting website DAYO website, newsletter and brochures

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