Nic Hailey presents Commonwealth Youth Workers Award to Mathare Foundation founder

Nic Hailey and Eric Omwanda
Nic Hailey awards Mathare Foundation founder Eric Omwanda with his Commonwealth Youth Workers Award. Photo: Facebook/UKinKenya

The UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, visited the Mathare Foundation today, on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretariat, to award founder Eric Omwanda with a Commonwealth Youth Workers Award.

Eric was one of three African finalists recognized by the Commonwealth Secretariat for his work training and creating opportunities for children and youth in Mathare in photography, football and the performing arts.

Mathare Foundation

Founded in 2013 by Eric Omwanda and James Ndung’u, the Mathare Foundation’s strives to train and create opportunities for children and young people in photography, football, and the performing arts. It also works to enhance their leadership skills and was established to help disadvantaged children nurture their talents and give them the opportunity to engage in productive initiatives.

Managed by volunteers, the Mathare Foundation works with disadvantaged children aged between 10 and 16 years of age in the slums of Mathare.

Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards

The Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards celebrate the achievements of youth workers and their enduring influence on young people. Youth workers can be found in a broad range of civil society and voluntary organisations as well as government ministries and youth departments.

The theme for Youth Work Week 2015 was Youth Workers Creating Paths to Peace, which acknowledged the exceptional contribution of youth workers in peacebuilding and social cohesion.

Eric Omwanda
Eric Omwanda’s nomination bio on the Youth Worker Awards finalists’ page.

Katherine Ellis, Youth Director at the Commonwealth Secretariat, said: “Now in its fourth year as a global event, Youth Work Week puts the spotlight on youth workers whose contribution to society is often overlooked. These dedicated professionals help to foster connections and a sense of belonging among young people, which helps to build peace and prevent conflict, crime and violence.”