One of the core values of the Institute is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), in this regard; the Institute has organized a Corporate Social Responsibility event at the Wema Centre, Mombasa to give members and other well-wishers an opportunity to assist needy children.   The activity will be carried out during this year’s Annual International Conference on Friday 22, August 2014 at 11.30am – 1.00 p.m.

Members and well-wishers are requested to make their contributions or donations towards this worthy course.



Wema Centre is a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) founded in 1993 as a response to an ever-increasing problem of street children in Mombasa and the Coast region. Wema Center has since expanded its work reaching thousands of children through various activities such as education, vocational training, psychosocial support and outreach in Kisauni, Mombasa and Thika and the surrounding slums. Wema Centre aims to respond to the needs and challenges of street children and other vulnerable young people through direct support andby strengthening community structures to reduce vulnerability and reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.


The needs of the children range from school shoes, bed sheets, towels, food stuffclothing, educational materials, decent shelter, medical facilities, counseling by professionals on HV and related diseases. Currently the centre has a huge financial deficit and is unable to provide all these facilities to these needy children and seeks the help of well-wishers.



Please send your donations; whether in cash or in kind to the Institute before August 17, 2014 for transportation to Wema Centre.Members attending the Annual Conference may also carry their donationstothe Nyali International Beach Hotel, Mombasa, Kenya. For any clarifications on the CSR Activity or the Annual Conference, please contact Ms. Emily S. S. Mugonyi, Membership Services Officer on Tel: +254 20-3597840/2, +254 734603173, +254 770159631 or E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





Address of applicant organization:

Postal address: P.O. BOX 88820 CODE 80100 MOMBASA

Physical address: Head Office: Waura House Cement Road Mkomani Mombasa

Telephone: 041-473843

Fax: 041-473854

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Organization registration number: NGO Reg No. OP 218/051/2004/033/3133


Name of contact person: LUCY YINDA Position: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Tel: 0726389345                                                 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Location(s) of proposed project: MOMBASA AND THIKA



Briefly summarize the project:

Wema Centre focuses on the needs of street children and other vulnerable children and youth and currently operates in Mombasa and Thika districts. Wema’s core areas of operation are: Rescue and integration, education and skills training, health care, nutrition, psycho-social support, shelter and protection and HIV/AIDS prevention. 



Wema Centre uses integrated approach in seeking to promote overall program development and effective service delivery that is of relevance & impactful. Major activities are normally implemented under 4 main focus areas:


1)    Wema Centre Psycho-Social Support Program where focus is on talent development & promotion, and life skills empowerment (use of a child/youth friendly syllabus covering anti-social behavior & topical issues concerning the youth such as crime, HIV and AIDS, Drug abuse, prostitution, rape, environment conservation & child development)both within Wema and within the wider community through specific existing school partnerships.

2)  Wema Centre Rescue & Re-integration Program where the focus is on rescue & family re-unifications/foster care/adoptions targeting both the existing resident beneficiaries and those to be reached through our drop-in/outreach centres both in Mombasa & Thika. While under the custody & support of Wema Centre, rescued beneficiaries will be provided with basic services at the two child protection centres in Mombasa. In addition, Wema will extend similar services to the registered /enrolled beneficiaries accessing our facility in Bamburi as a prevention strategy of working with those likely to opt for street life to desperate conditions at home.

3)    Wema’s Education and Skills training Program within the Bamburi facility where ECD and vocational training services benefit enrolled beneficiaries and also facilitate external access to both primary, secondary & college education of additional OVCs & disadvantaged youth, to various learning institutions that are externally based but affordable.

4)    Wema’s Income Generating Projects/Department whereby the focus is on utilizing existing resources & facilities at Wema Centre i.e. farm & livestock management and Tailoring  to generate own income to support the bigger Wema’s budget and in turn add value to the lives of the beneficiaries being supported by Wema Centre.



      Organization and Location

The Wema Centre has evolved from a community-based rehabilitation program for ex-street girls to a registered non-governmental organization addressing needs of both street boys & girls and those of vulnerable community children neighbouring the Wema project sites.  The main operations are based in Bamburi Utange with an outreach project in Thika.


   Governance and Management


Wema was founded by trustees and is governed by a Board of Directors, whose main responsibilities include policy and strategy formulation and overall supervision of the secretariat, headed by the Executive Director. The Corporate Governance rules, established by the Wema Board of Directors, ensure that the organization is effectively and efficiently run. The organization operates a 'one-tier' governance structure with the Board being the ultimate decision-making body, except for the powers reserved by the Wema Trustees. The Board decides and implements the organization’s strategy, the long-range plan, and all major organization policies. The Executive Director is the Secretary to the Board and an ex-officio board member.

As provided for by the Wema Constitution, the Board, which is composed of 7 Directors, assumes ultimate responsibility for the organization’s activities. It works with the Secretariat to ensure that the management team develops appropriate, adequate and cost-effective internal controls and reviews and approves quarterly financial reporting and financial statements. The Board has entrusted Wema Secretariat with Wema’s day-to-day management of the organization.

Summary of some key achievements:

1)   We have established Rescue Centres/Drop in Centres for street children in Mombasa and Thika thus providing protection to an average of 100 children per day on daily basis at each project site.

2)   We expanded our vocational training program to include following classes: tailoring & dressmaking, cookery and computer (IT) class benefiting at least 40 community youth, at any one time, half of whom are girls.

3)   We have established an exciting HIV and AIDS prevention outreach program and trained community youth peer educators.

4)   We have undertaken a comprehensive organizational capacity and structures strengthening initiative that has resulted in the development, documentation and operationalised both board and management operational procedures and child protection policy.

5)   We have developed new and firm linkages in the community including the business and corporate sector such as the AMURT, BOMU clinic, The Coast general Hospital, Spanfreight Shipping Company and Maersk Line Ltd.

6)   We have established a functional agricultural project and expanded it to produce bio-gas thus reducing the use of firewood in our kitchens.

7)   We have established new partnerships that have helped fund our expansion projects such as the International Child Care Trust (ICT) UK, UNIDO, and KCDF.

8)   Launched Mobile Education Project in the city of Mombasa currently facilitating access of basic literacy to street children thru the use of interactive child friendly softwares.


Current Interventions

i) The Education and Skills Training Program:

            Wema has FOUR distinct programs within the wider education program:

  • The Early Childhood Development (ECD) program aims to prepare the very young rescued street children and community orphans for integration into the mainstream primary education system. The program also supports the children’s general well-being by providing parental love and care.
  • The remedial education program offers opportunities for newly rescued street children to master basic literacy skills with the ultimate aim of transiting to the mainstream formal education system. 
  • The formal education program that involves sponsoring/supporting children, by enrolling them in formal primary and secondary schools. The sponsorship/support includes education materials, uniform, school fees (where applicable) and transport facilitation.
  • The skills training program aim to equip the youth with relevant livelihood skills ranging from tailoring and dressmaking, local soap making, tye&dye, woodcarving, cookery, bead-making to computer skills. The program provides an environment where latent skills are identified, exploited and refined to enable the beneficiaries explore alternative opportunities outside Wema.

ii)      Shelter and Care

The Wema Centre Home: The Bamburi home accommodates 104 young girls in the childcare section, with the help of 8 housemothers and two child minders, whose overall responsibility is childcare.

Feeding: Wema also has a daily feeding program for residential and non-residential children and youth, through the Street and Community Outreach Program.

The Halfway House (Safina) Program: This program specifically aims to empower former street girls who have graduated from the childcare section and are preparing to exit from the Centre. The aim of the program is to equip them with information and life skills deemed important for survival outside the centre. It facilitates the gradual and smooth transition and re-integration into the wider community as resourceful and responsible adults ready to participate in nation building. The half-way house accommodates 16 girls and a matron, who assists in the organization and guidance of activities in the house. Most of the young adults within the halfway house are either in college or on work attachment.


iv)     The Healthcare Program

Street children are considered a high-risk group for nutrition-related health problems, skin infections, digestive disorders, substance abuse, sexually transmitted infections (STDs) and HIV/AIDS. The Wema Center therefore aims at catering for the medical needs, including first aid services, for all its beneficiaries, either through basic treatment services at the Center’s dispensary or by referrals to other hospitals, for specialized medical treatment. The program also conducts regular medical camps that benefit more than 400 women and children from the community. These camps are often general in nature. Medical activities within the facility are coordinated by a community nurse and a laboratory assistant and include medical check-ups, treatment and counseling, and treatment of simple ailments such as wounds, respiratory disorders and malaria. The services are also provided to non-resident children under the Wema Street and Outreach Program. Wema also undertakes HIV and AIDS testing and provides medical support to the infected. More serious HIV and AIDS cases are referred to Bomu clinic and the Coast General Hospital.


v)      The HIV/AIDS Prevention Program 

Wema is involved in HIV/AIDS prevention and sensitization activities within the centre, in neighboring communities and slums and in the streets of Mombasa with the help of other like-minded partners. Wema aims to ensure that HIV/AIDS orphans, street children and youth have access to HIV and AIDS related information and support. Campaigns are held through sporting events, video shows, theatre performances, mobile V.C.T camps, sensitization workshops and trainings and distribution of informative materials on HIV/AIDS.


vi)     The Psycho-Social Support

The Wema guidance and counseling program coordinates activities ranging from one on one to group counseling sessions, training and workshops for peer educators, knowledge sharing in talk shows, retreats and camps, church visits and religious rallies.  The main objective here is to help the children and youth enhance their self-esteem, acquire skills and knowledge on how to cope and resolve emotional problems, drug addiction, peer pressure and adolescence and create awareness on the HIV/AIDS scourge, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and teen sexuality. In addition, Wema aims to cultivate a sense of identity and belonging among the children and youth, and nurture and promote harmonious co-existence with the wider society by upholding positive value system.


vii)    Protection (through the Wema Outreach Projects)

The aim of the program is to provide emergency rescue and protection and to help street children and OVCs find long term solutions and livelihoods. Long term solutions include shelter and access to basic services and development of positive attitudes and behavior change.  Relevant activities include counseling, sensitization workshops, recreation, sports and music. The outreach program has also been useful in providing a means for data collection and information, public involvement and close contact with street children.  In two years more than 100 children have been relocated to their families and other institutions. Wema is greatly encouraged by the success of this project and would therefore like to scale it up by opening similar projects in other towns in Kenya.


viii)   The Policy and Advocacy Work Program

The Wema Centre participates in countrywide forums that seek to address issues affecting marginalized children. Wema strongly believes in joint/concerted effort initiatives and campaigns and is therefore a member of different local and national children organizations including the Coast Street Children Network, Mombasa Children in Need Network, the Girl Child Network, Kenya Alliance for the Advancement of Children (KAARC) and the Coalition for the Promotion and Development of the Child (COPDEC).


Wema is also involved in periodic production of newsletters, brochures and documentaries; conducts research and baseline surveys and holds sensitization workshops, events and trainings sessions to collect, analyze, compile and disseminate information to the wider public regarding the plight of marginalized children and how best they can be assisted. Wema’s ultimate desire is to be fully involved in assisting the Government to formulate and implement policies that will ensure that marginalized children are brought back to the mainstream society and are able to access basic services and enjoy the rights that they are all entitled to.


f) Monitoring and Evaluation

The Project Officers and the management Committee monitor activities through monthly progress meetings. In addition, a semi-annual and annual reflection and review of lessons and experiences learnt is done and this incorporated into the next planning period.  Project performance reviews are done quarterly and annually while strategic planning is undertaken after every 3 years.


g) Funding Partners

We do receive support in terms of volunteers services through organizations such as Japanese Government agency (JICA) and The International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE). 


Some of our funding comes from institutional donors such as AED, The international Child Care Trust (ICT), Oxfam GB and Terres Des Hommes Denmark. Local funding is mainly through our fundraising activities such as the Wema Gala Dinner a are supported by various companies including Kenya Airways, Safaricom and Mearsk Line among others who all contribute significantly towards the sustainability of our projects.


We appeal to local companies to partner with us in our endevour to respond to the needs and challenges that face our children so as to ensure that the future is brighter for our society.


Lucy W. Yinda

Executive Director

Wema Centre Trust




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