The first clean-up (pictured left) launched in April. The project started at Katwekera, Kenya. The students plan to sustain it by distributing a dustbin at every plot and collecting the trash thrice a week, cooperating with the local waste management company to collect our trash. They will be visiting schools to educate students and pupils on how to maintain cleanliness. 

This project was designed to implement a quality community pop-up library called Peace of Mind Pop-Up Library with a mission to impact students from the slum of Kibera in Kenya. The students’ aim is to create a conducive learning environment to all learners. Students of all ages benefitted from the inaugural pop-up library in April (pictured right).



This project entails educating young girls from poor backgrounds who have dropped out of school. The students will visit different local areas and offer trauma healing counseling and a computer science and entrepreneurship training program. This will help them to acquire skills to better their lives even though they have dropped out of school.


Almost half the Tanzanian population lacks clean water. So, it's no wonder that, during our Youth Innovation Lab workshops, with all participants under the age of 18, one participant decided to choose the issue of a lack of sanitation and water treatment facilities as their focus. Bringing students' ideas to life means improving the lives of the community members while also changing stereotypes, particularly maintained in developing countries, of youth as helpless to create change. Disney and YSA agreed with our methodology on harnessing youth innovation in developing countries to create sustainable, localized change. Through the Be Inspired grant, AYANA worked with our partner, Tanzania Rural Empowerment Organization, to fully fund a project that would support the principle of WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene).

This mobile library concept is a way to strengthen literacy and education in communities where such developments may not be as heavily stressed. The mobile library holds a variety of books, and is transported to different schools in the area of Moshi, Tanzania. This cart has created a space for independent learning, allowing students to explore their interests through literature. We hope this project will empower the youth to take ownership of their education, and stimulate their desire to learn about the world.




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