Kawempe Youth Development Association (KYDA) was formed in 2001 to perform activities that are beneficial to children, young people and other concerned adults (care givers) through mass media, community and person-to-person communication. It began with three staff and currently has 10 full-time staff and 12 volunteers excluding interns who assist in the daily running of the programme and two international volunteers from Finland. It was formed by 10 Makerere University graduates who were from the disciplines of Social Work, Commerce, Social Sciences, Information Technology and Medicine.
KYDA started as a ”friend in need” organization locally known as “Munno Mukabi” and it was well known by local council leaders for its child friendly efforts in uplifting the welfare of the street children of Kawempe Division and Youth. It would emphasize small income generating activities like brick laying, poultry keeping, games and sports, piggery, apiary and small scale carpentry for the local use. All these activities were zonal at sub-country based however, due to the growing desire to assist the youth and children in other divisions/sub-divisions and counties, KYDA was registered as an NGO in 2007 coupled with a need to get some external donor assistance hence expansion its authorities. It operates in two districts, Kampala and Wakiso, Central Uganda.
Creating an appropriate framework for enabling the youths to develop social, economical and cultural skills, necessary for them to participate in development and improved welfare
To develop a proactive and sustainable organizational capacity through training in life, vocational skills and training peers to reach out to other peers. Effective engagement of all young people to foster awareness about the spread and Effects of HIV/AIDS, STIs , STDs, drug abuse, child trafficking and un healthy environments
To contribute to the national orphans and other vulnerable children strategic plan that aims at achieving a comprehensive national program plan of interventions (NPPI) and National Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children’s Policy (NOP) that results into sustainable reduction in HIV/AID`s orphans, improve access to OVC services care and support, life planning skills and vocational skills education for job creation and practical work among out of school youth.