Uplifting Men and Youth in Africa, commonly known as UMaY Africa, is an international non-government organisation (non-profit), which was formally registered in Kenya in December 2009 under registration number OP.218/051/2009/0421/5988.
We have developed a structure, unique in Kenya, whereby a mixture of professionals share the governance and decision-making powers of UMaY with the people who face the challenges we are working to resolve. These people include economists, health specialists, legal and governance specialists in addition to community representatives from informal settlements such as elders, coordinators of grass-root community based organisations and youth leaders.
It is this unique structure that ensures UMaY delivers its promise to our clients to use resources in a responsible, sustainable, accountable and transparent means.
Maternal and Infant Health Care Programme – “First Step Kenya”
According to the recent Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival report, published in March 2012 by Countdown to 2015, Kenya has yet to make significant improvement when it comes to the health and safety of mothers and children under the age of five.
Ensuring safe motherhood requires recognizing and supporting the rights of women and girls to lead healthy lives and raising awareness of complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth, providing access to high quality health services and eliminating harmful practices.
Operated out of three centers in some of Nairobi’s poorest slums including Mathare and Korogocho, the programme registered women who believe they may be pregnant, provided pregnancy and HIV testing, allocated a ‘Mother’s Helper’ for the duration of the pregnancy and provided training and an essential emergency home birthing kit for those mothers who either choose not to or couldn’t get to a clinic and well as an infant care pack. The newborn infant and mother received daily home visits for the first week and continue to received support, including voluntary immunizations, until the infant and mother graduated from the programme when the child celebrates its first birthday.
MAKWK Health Clinic
Supporting Youth with Disabilities
To assist in the development of a society that fosters unity and cohesion, irrespective of gender, race, tribe, or HIV status, where communities develop and manage their own sustainable initiatives.
UMAY’S STANCE AGAINST CORRUPTION
To ensure UMaY’s integrity is upheld to the highest standards and that our projects are sustainable and successful, UMaY’s Board works closely with it’s unique Steering Committee. Our approach to the committee composition combines diverse professionals with community representatives and elders from the informal settlements. This results in each decision being made with thorough debate, considering expert legal and financial advice together with appropriate research and evidence of personal experiences.