In Summary
  • The NGO also has a programme that focuses on inter-slum youth meetings to curb drug and substance abuse.
  • Records shows that there are approximately five million youth who are unemployed in Kenya.
  • Last year, the government outlawed 89 gangs in Kenya.

A city-based non-governmental organisation has embarked on a programme aimed at preventing the youth from joining gangs and terror groups by helping them engage in social activities.

The Peace and Conflict Prevention and Opportunities for Youth in Kenya drive focuses on school dropouts and those without any education, the most vulnerable for gang recruitment.

Mr Denis Wendo, founder and director of Integrated Development Network (IDN), a non-profit organisation founded after the 2007/2008 post-election violence, said they are also coming up with ways of taking the teenagers off the streets from where they are most likely to join criminal groups.

"In most of our programmes we approach the youth, sit down with them and engage in dialogue. They [often cite] many challenges,” Mr Wendo told Nation.

Last year police named the Gaza gang, which operates in Kayole, Superpower in Eastleigh and 40 Brothers, based in Eastlands, as the most dangerous gangs in the city.

UNEMPLOYED YOUTH

Records shows that there are approximately five million youth who are unemployed in Kenya.

Last year, the government outlawed 89 gangs in Kenya.

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