managed by frankline n. (Communication)
According to World Health Organization, mental health is not just the absence of a mental disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own full potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. In most rural Kenya societies, poverty, disease as well as ignorance are the key impediments to most people unlocking their full potential. It is this that drove for the formation of EFYE.
EFYE was initiated in November 2012 by Frankline Mawira Nyaga the then Vice-president Global Community Development Program in AIESEC Kenyatta University and is now registered as a CBO in Tharaka-Nithi county- Meru region. We are committed at providing legitimate avenues for individuals to be more productive. This is in line with our mission: To use the available resources to mentor, nurture and transform by providing a platform for every member of the society to be informed and capacitated to attain their full potential so as to bring up a society that has skilled individuals who are physically and mentally fit and exhibit financial independence through social empowerment.
Over the years, we have been able to run our activities through partnerships with entities such as: AIESEC Kenyatta University, Bridge Networking Solutions, local institutions of education as well as other self-help groups in the region. We have also engaged international volunteers through AIESEC from Germany, Portugal, Japan, Romania, Brazil, Japan, Vietnam, Canada, China and Uganda. It is these engagements that have enabled us to run a series of projects given the limited resources to operate on that are all based in 3 pillars that guide us: (a) poverty eradication through social business, (b) disease control, (c) quality education to all.
We envision: To become an ideal social change agent and rekindle and elevate the visions of the people to attain their full potential. We are determined to drive change in our society, at EFYE we stand to be counted as drivers of positive change.
Last summer, I spent 6 weeks in Kenya and it was one of the most
exciting experiences of my life. Four of these weeks were spent in a
small, beautiful village called Chogoria, near Meru. Alongside with four
AIESEC’s interns from China: Nkinga, Kanana, Gatwiri and Kathomi, their
local given names. Honestly, even if I want it I couldn’t tell you
their “real” names, because once we arrived those were left behind.
Myself I got the name Mutugi, one that looks for the younger and weaker,
so I was told. And, of course, our host Frank Mawira!
read more: http://efye.org/my-kenyan-experience-with-efye/