YADEN is an East African regional organization based in Nairobi and works with over 200 Art and Development youth organizations drawn from the East African region (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi).
YADEN was founded in 2003 by Sami Gathii and works in an innovative, inclusive and participatory Arts and Sports based method targeting marginalized and disfranchised young people as an entry to the wider community.
YADEN supports young people to come together and learn from one another by exchanging their ideas and experiences, Impacts new information, knowledge and skills which help un-lock young people´s entrepreneurial potentials. Among special groups targeted includes, Urban Youths living in informal settlements/slums/ghettos and The Young Women.
For YADEN the skilled, empowered and progressive young people help stimulate and inspire new ideas that act as ‘hope’ for their communities, communities that have been dispirited, weakened and disempowered due to crippling poverty, limited access to financial and material resources, collapsed health and infrastructural services and an adversely degraded environment, among other developmental challenges.
Besides the many Youth Groups forming the YADEN East African Network, YADEN also partners with Civil Society Groups, Government Departments, Development / Funding Organisations, International Youth and Development Platforms, Community & Faith based organisations (CBO´s, FBO´s) and the Corporate / Private sector to realise its Objectives