BACKGROUND Ndoto: For Africa’s Future is a Christ-centered community development organization that works in the Obunga slum of Kisumu, Kenya. Ndoto is a Swahili word meaning “dream.” We aim to give at-risk youth a chance to dream for themselves, their community, and the kingdom of God through education, discipleship, and development. As an organization, we believe that forgotten communities can be transformed from the inside out. Our dream is to see entire communities changed, not only individual lives transformed.
8th Graders take their exams. Photo: Luis Tato, AFP Each year in Kenya, 8th graders and 12th graders take high-stakes exams that heavily influence their educational paths. We had an outstanding class this year in both grades. In 8th grade, less than 25% of students nationwide score 300 or above. At Ndoto, 75% of our test-takers earned that mark this year. In 12th grade, less than 12% of students nationwide score a B- or above.
by Fred Sadia In the ruins of the slums lie beauty. Within these shanties lie hidden treasures. Every year Ndoto searches for and finds brilliant young girls and boys and welcomes them into our wonderful family, giving young people the chance to dream for themselves. The Ndoto sponsorship program has been a blessing to so many families within Obunga and its surroundings. You can see it in the resounding joy successful applicants express when they see their names on the final list of students.
If your ministry disappeared tomorrow, would your community miss you? That’s the hard question that churches and nonprofit organizations face when considering their impact on the world around them. With this new year, Ndoto set out to find out the answer, and longtime team member Tobias Onyango was the man for the job. “Many people believe that Ndoto has brought a transformational change in Obunga,” Tobias writes, “And it is also acknowledged that Ndoto has tried to eradicate poverty in the community.
In years past, our community knew Ndoto almost exclusively as a sponsorship program. While it might seem that a sponsorship program would be famous, 11 years after launching we still run into people in our community who have never heard of us. Ndoto Community Church is the way to reach people who are beyond the reach of our limited sponsorship program. Our neighborhood has a large sports field, and this past year our team saw the opportunity to launch a community soccer team.