Ms. Cynthia Owembabazi
Founder KIYODEL

Our Story

A significant part of my childhood unfolded in Rwoho (Kihorobo). Fortunately, my parents, employed in the city, were able to finance my education and that of my siblings up to higher levels.
During my early school years, only one out of ten girls completed primary education. I vividly recall returning home during school breaks to discover playmates, aged 13-14-15 years, with children of their own, having entered into early marriages. At that time, I perceived it as normal, as no one voiced any objections.
Growing older, I came to realize the abnormality of girls marrying at such a tender age. Youths faced various challenges leading to school dropout, including lengthy commutes, financial constraints, unstable parental income, lack of sanitary facilities (resulting in girls staying home during menstruation), a lack of motivation to stay in school, and a dearth of employment opportunities.
Two decades later, the situation remains largely unchanged. Young girls and boys continue to marry early, often without completing primary school education. Those who do finish primary school seldom progress further. The financial incapacity of most parents persists, hindering them from providing essential sanitary facilities for their daughters, consequently keeping these girls out of school during menstruation.
In 2014, driven by a proactive spirit, I embarked on efforts to transform the lives of these young boys and girls, wit support from my family and friends.
In 2019, we took the step of officially registering KIHOROBO YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LINK as a non-profit organization in both Belgium and Uganda. This decision aimed to extend support to a larger number of youths and communities, with a primary focus on ensuring the sustainability of our endeavors. Ms. Cynthia Owembabazi (Founder KIYODEL)

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What We Do

Our focus is on supporting the most underprivileged and vulnerable young boys and girls in impoverished rural areas of Rwoho town council – Ntungamo district.

Young boys and girls often face challenges that force them to drop out of school, preventing them from pursuing higher education, especially in secondary schools.

KIYODEL is actively engaged in various projects and programs designed to empower these young boys and girls. Our objective is to enhance their capabilities, enabling them to create their own employment opportunities and making them more desirable candidates for various job prospects.

Through these initiatives, we aim to address issues such as child marriages and alleviate poverty.

Our Mission

Our mission is to Empower and Inspire the disadvantaged youths to acquire skills for a self- reliant life. Achieving growth and development through socio- economic empowerment, rights advocacy and putting an end to early marriages.

We will achieve this through skills training, capacity building, administrative support, participation of stakeholders and evaluation of our works.

Our Vision

We envision a world where all young people are inspired and equipped with skills to realize the future they want, regardless of where they live or their background.

Our Objectives

To roll-out vocational workshops in Uganda in to enable youths learn and acquire different training skills.

To promote and provide career guidance and coaching to the youth to create meaningful careers for themselves.

To promote and encourage creativity and innovative power among the youth by sensitizing them to participate in vocational associated activities.

To mobilize financial and other resources needed to support the organization’s youth related programs and initiatives.

To assist youth, disadvantaged and marginalized girls by providing services that equip them with skills and knowledge.

To provide Counseling and Guidance services to youths and other disadvantaged persons on psychosocial and economic related issues.

Our Core Values

Impact: To create a change that matters to the youth and the entire community.

Empowerment: To encourage the youths to take charge of their lives. By addressing them in their situation and encouraging them to take action in order to improve their access to resources and transform their consciousness through their beliefs, values, and attitudes.

Self – realization: Our ultimate goal is to see every youth fulfil his or her own dreams by tapping through their full potentials.

Innovation: Focusing on making a difference, in a different way.

Accountability: Being accountable to the youths that we represent, while also providing a transparency accountability to our funders and stakeholders.

Our expert team

Executive Board Members

Ms. Cynthia Owembabazi

Founder

Ms.Catherine Nambooze

Vice President KIYODEL Belgium

Ms. Caroline Vincent

Executive secretary KIYODEL Belgium

Ms. Sandra Katushabe

Executive Board KIYODEL Belgium

Ms. Agatha Nsimiire

Executive Board KIYODEL Belgium

Angelica Verhulst

Executive Board KIYODEL Belgium

Pr. Brenda A. Wabwire

Director KIYODEL Uganda

Mwanjuzi Vincent

Project Manager KIYODEL Uganda

Robert Balaba

Executive Secretary Uganda