SIDAREC BACKGROUND INFORMATION
SIDAREC is an acronym that stands for Slums Information Development and Resource Centres. The Organization started off as a youth group in 1996 but later developed and changed status to a Community Based NGO in 1997.
SIDAREC is a youth development project operating in the slums of Nairobi. The organization aims at tapping and consolidating skills & talents existing among the youths in the community for the common benefit of the slum dwellers. The wisdom behind this reasoning was that, a lot of untapped resources existed in the communities and if acknowledged and harnessed, would be useful in bringing the much needed positive development change under the concept ‘Community problems need community solutions’.
It is the organization’s belief that, the slum community has a lot of potential in terms of talents and skills and if members are empowered and mobilized to create positive change, they will eventually raise their standards of living. Just as the future of any Nation lies on its youthful citizens, so does SIDAREC’s. We place a lot of emphasis on the role of the youth in bringing positive change in their community and Kenya as a whole.
SIDAREC operates in the slum areas of Pumwani and Mukuru Kwa Njenga. The two slums have an estimated combined population of 500,000 people. Currently, SIDAREC is among the exemplary youth serving projects in Nairobi, Kenya.