The Poster: Reintegration Conference for Youth and Children Leaving Institutional Care

The reintegration poster. Two vulnerable children are seen entering care with bags that symbolize heavy baggages from their past.  They then leave care as youth to either consolation or desolation.

The reintegration poster. Two vulnerable children are seen entering care with bags that symbolize heavy baggages from their past. They then leave care as youth to either consolation or desolation.


Tentative Programme: Reintegration Conference on Children and Youth Leaving Instituonal Care

DAY ONE 23rd October 2014

8.00-9.00 Registration

Session 1 Introduction, Moderator: Dr. Richard Muko, KARDS and Institute of Social Ministry in Mission, Tangaza University College

9.00-9.10 Opening Prayer: Fr. Temu
9.10-9.20 Welcome to the Conference: Ms. Millicent Agutu, KARDS CEO.
9.20-9.30 Partners Introduction: Amani, MIUC,Koinonia,Caritas Italiana, Undugu Society, Apostles of Jesus, Evangelising Sisters of Mary, ISMM-Tangaza University College, KOBWA, KESCA, IDAY, CAFASO, Radio Mtaani, Shepherd.
9.30-9.40 Thematic entertainment, ASAE Arts
9.40-9.50 Keynote Speech and opening the conference
9.50-10.25 Keynote speech: Mr. Naftali Oenga, Director of Children Services, Nairobi County.
10.25-10.30 House keeping information: Martin

10.30-11.00 Tea break and speed dating

11.00-11.50 Session 2: Reintegration From Care leavers’ Perspective, Moderator: Hellen Kalinda, Undugu Society
-Introducing the study on Reintegration challennges faced by Children and Youth Leaving Institutional Care. Dr. Richard Muko, KARDS
-Reintegration impact for children and Youth Leaving Institutional Care: Care-leaver perspective. Martin Ndichu-Kobwa and Julius Njove-Kesca
-Transforming lives of institutionalized children and care leavers in Nairobi and Kajiado counties, Elena Magoni, Amici di Bambini
11.50-12.00 Thematic entertainment, Bunifu Arts

12.00-13.00 Session 3: Institutional Perspectives of Reintegration, Moderator: George Otieno, IDAY

-Effectiveness of street youth reintegration strategies: Institutional Perspective, Sammy Mwangi, Egerton University
-Effects of trauma on on reintegration of vulnerable youth: Educational perspective,Thomas Nyawir, Institute of Social Ministry, Tangaza University College and Mirror of Hope
-Government support to help to build the Capacities of CCIs in Reintegration: Naftali Oenga, Director of Childrens Services, Nairobi

13.00-14.00 Lunch and speed dating
14.00-14.50Session 4: Biological and Forster Family Relations in Reintegration, Moderator: Fr. Paul Temu Aj
-Tracing, Family reunification and reintegration of institutionalized children: Experiences, Challenges and future directions, Tracy Kyangulani, Child’s Foundation Uganda
-The Reintegration mediation triangle: Family group decision making for the reintegration of street children in Nairobi, Boniface Okada, Koinonia Community
14.50-15.00 Thematic entertainment, Rafiki Mwafrika

15.00-16.00 Session 5: Gender Consideration in the reintegration discourse
-Reintegration dynamics and complexities facing girls and young women in Kenya: Esther Kabugi, CISP
-Experiences of working with vulnerable girls leaving institutions of care, Grazia Orsolato, Get Together Girls (G2G)
-Get together Girls
16.00 Entertainment at the garden and departure

DAY TWO 24th October 2014

Session Introduction, Moderator: Millicent Agutu
9.10-9.20 Recap day one:
9.10-9.30 Poem, ASAE Poetry

9.30-10.30 Session 6: Life skills an important component for successful reintegration, Bro. John Bwanali
-Life skills education need of the hour: an integral component in the formation of the vulnerable youth, Dr. Peter Changilwa: Marist International University Center for life skills
-Integrating life skills in technical vocational education for vulnerable youth, Fr. Paul Temu: Apostles of Jesus Technical Institute
-The importance of social capital among youth and children leaving alternative care during the reintegration process, George Otieno, IDAY

10.30-11.00 Tea break and speed dating

11.00-12.00 Session 7: Psycho-Social Perspectives on Reintegration, Moderator: John Ndayishmiye, Koinonia Community

-Psycho-Social Empowerment a Key Component to Reintegration, Sammy Mwangi, Egerton University
-The psycho-social effects of the reintegration process on former street children in CCIs in Dagoretti Division. Kevin Otieno, University of Nairobi
-Social transformation of the lives of the vulnerable youth is possible, Bro. Alberto Parise, Tangaza University College, Institute of Social Ministry

12.00-13.00 Parallel Sessions

Session 8: Activities and projects, Moderator: Ms Grazia Orsolato, AMANI
-Don Bosco Mission Work in Kenya, Polona Dominic, Sellessians of Don Bosco, Nairobi
-Reintegration Work with the Youth from the Medium Prison of Kamiti, Joseph Mwangi, CAFASO, Kamiti Medium Prison
-The Maji Mazuri experience of reintegrating children with disabilities, Maji Mazuri

Session 9: Activities and projects, Moderator:Martin Ndichu, KARDS
-Reintegration: Nyumbani Experience of Youth Living with HIV/AIDS,Protus Lumiti, Nyumbani
-Experiences of family placements: Both Challenging and Empowering, Eric Okuku, Families to Families
-The Undugu Society Experience with Reintegrating Care-Leavers, Hellen Kalinda, Undugu Society of Kenya
-The Harambee Experience of reintegrating children with disabilities, Nicholas Omondi, Kinderhilfsprojekte Harambee.

13.00-14.00 Lunch and speed dating

Session 10: 14.00-15.00 Socio-Economic Empowerment to enhance the success of the reintegration process, Moderator
-Working to empower vulnerable youth through Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KESPA) and Kenya Youth Empowerment Project (KYEP), Jackson Kayaga, District Youth Officer, Dagoretti
-CBOs contribution to reintegration, Stanley Didi, Shepherd CBO

15.00-16.00 Session 11: Closing Ceremony, Moderator
– Thematic entertainment
– Summary and way forward: Participants
– Closing speech, Bro. John Bwanali
– Vote of Thanks, Ms. Millicent Agutu
– Closing Prayer: Ms Amina Ismael

16.00 Entertainment at the garden and departure


(For Placement in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu Counties Only)

The Kenya Youth Empowerment Project (KYEP) is a four year pilot project Financed by the Government of Kenya (GoK) with a credit from the World Bank. KYEP is coordinated by the Ministry of Devolution and Planning (MoDP) and comprises two components: Capacity building within the MoDP; and providing training and internships in the private sector. The GoK has appointed the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) to implement the Component on Private Sector Training and Internships.

The training and internship program targets vulnerable youth who do not have other opportunities available to them (presently or in the near future), such as opportunities to advance their studies and/or opportunities for long or short-term employment. The program aims at improving employability of the youth who participate in the program by placing them for workplace experience with private sector employers. Youth selected to participate in the program are placed in either the formal or informal sectors, with a focus on promoting wage and self-employment. However, the programme does not guarantee employment at the end of the internship.

The project is implemented in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu counties which means that while youth who are interested in the program can apply from anywhere in Kenya, selected candidates will only be trained and placed for internship either in Nairobi, Mombasa or Kisumu. Youth who meet the eligibility criteria are selected through automated random selection. The program is organized into internship cycles that last up to eight months, although actual project activities take six months (2 months training and 4 months internship).

All selected youth undergo two weeks of non residential Life Skills training at the start of the program and thereafter, a competitive selection process for internship opportunities is conducted by employers through interviews for youth who successfully complete the Life Skills training. This interview period is about one month in length and may continue as youth participate in the subsequent training sessions. Youth who are not selected by employers by the end of the training period, do not proceed for work place internship. While participating in the training sessions and also during the work place experience, interns receive a small stipend as a contribution towards their transport costs and meals. However, interns receive this monthly stipend only on the basis of their full attendance of the training and internship program.

The program has so far completed 4 cycles with the 5th one due to end in November, 2014. KEPSA NOW INVITES APPLICATIONS FROM YOUTH WHO WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN CYCLE 6 OF THE KYEP TRAINING AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM. This invitation is for youth who are ready to be PLACED WITHIN NAIROBI, MOMBASA OR KISUMU COUNTIES ONLY. Those who will be selected and do not reside in these counties are expected to seek their own accommodation and cater for costs during the entire 8 month period.

To be eligible, applicants must:
a) Be between 15 and 29 years of age;
b) Have a minimum qualication of KCPE;
c) Not be currently in school/college;
d) Have been out of school for at least one year;
e) Not expecting to join college/university within a year from now;
f ) Not be currently working;
g) Be of Kenyan nationality; and,
h) Not have been selected in previous cycles.

Youth who meet the above eligibility criteria and are interested are invited to apply. Proof of eligibility will be required before enrollment into the program. As the internship is eight months in length and full attendance is required throughout, youth are required to ensure that they do not have conflicting commitments before applying.

Application forms are available in the following ways:
 Downloading from the KEPSA website ( or the Ministry of Devolution and Planning (MoDP) website
 Accessing the online application form which is to be found on the KEPSA ( and MoDP
( websites; and
Collecting a hard copy of the application form available from Youth Development Offices in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu counties ONLY

Submission of completed application forms may be done in the following ways:
• Online applications to be electronically submitted at the click of a button;
• E-mailing a soft copy through for youth who wish to be placed in Nairobi, for youth who wish to be placed in Mombasa and
for youth who wish to be placed in Kisumu
• Dropping the hard copy application forms at any Youth Development Offices in Nairobi, Mombasa or Kisumu counties
• Posting the hard copy application form to KEPSA – KYEP P.O. Box 3556 – 00100 Nairobi
The deadline for receipt of applications is 24th October, 2014. Please note that only the successful applicants will be contacted.