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Community Productive Spaces 


Current Impact - 275,000 people (41 mosaics x 6,700 residents)

  • Community Mosaics serve as neighborhood hubs

  • Created by and for residents to instill pride 

  • Quotes on each mosaic piece carry messages of empowerment

  • Common values are shared in the mosaic messages

  • Dignity and worthiness are instilled

  • Community pride is fostered

  • Mosaics bring beauty and color to the slum

  • Rotating local artists earn income for their work 

  • Women, children, youth, and local chiefs participate

  • Mosaics serve as meeting spaces for entrepreneurial activities, gatherings for vital information, distribution points for goods and services, training locations, and way-finders through the slums un-named walkways.


Impact - 5000



Food Security - Urban Micro-farms 


Current Impact - 25,000 lives

  • Training in 2 different informal settlements (Mukuru-YOD & VICCO and Lucky Summer-YOD & BLEP)

  • Co-op + Fresh Wednesday free produce

  • Agri-enterprise program (Fresh-box Delivery)  

  • Nutrition and safe food prep   

  • Home kits for vertical farming

  • Recycling program 

  • Youth health, fitness, and after-school library 

  • Whole systems; chickens, rabbits, and ducks for meat and bi-products (fertilizer and eggs).

  • Student Internships
    (American University- Washington, DC and Nairobi University)

  • Ability to replicate program 


Continued impact through YOD-VICCO "Fresh Wednesdays"

Free Vegetables donated from Airport Restaurants

It has taken YOD years to find a sustainable approach to impacting child development. Like Sesame Street, YOD Puppets bring important messages to children in the slum.

Got ideas? Send us your scripts!


YOD Puppets with Helpful Messages

Entrepreneurship & Women Farmers

YOD-Allis Farm in Ngelani


Potential Impact - 30,000 people

  • Co-op and Savings Group

  • Nutrition-sensitive healthy cooking class

  • Three goats for breeding, milk, fertilizer, and cheese

  • Value chain opportunities in fertilizer production, sales, and marketing.

  • YOD "Fresh Box" delivery entrepreneurial project 

  • Safe food prep class

  • Knowledge sharing with 2 local schools



We believe in partnering for greater impact because no one can reduce poverty alone. We work with community leaders at:

  • HIH to train our Women's groups on saving and entrepreneurship.

  • KDI to add play structures for children and gathering spaces at our Community Mosaics

  • Landmawe Resource Center for building rent-a-kitchens across Mukuru

  • VICCO for health initiatives in Yoga and nutrition 

  • Muungano Alliance to identify key locations in Mukuru where Productive Community Spaces are needed

  • Link to photos from the first meeting are here.

  • The YOD Education program is a partnership with KWES Foundation out of Texas


Women's Agency in the Economy

Need accurate data from the slums?
Let Angela and her team conduct research for you. 

 $500 buys work boots for 40 YOD Women Farmers - a preference over trainings.

Safe Housing

Trips to Kenya

Annual trips to learn about the culture, development, health, politics, and economics.



  • 2024 Dormitory at the 40-woman farm for students to study agriculture, climate change, nutrition, gender and development

  • 2023 Six dwellings built for Mukuru residents 

  • 2023 YOD Puppets serve as the "sesame street of the slum"

  • 2023 Student internship program with American University- Washington, DC

  • 2022 November - Mosaic #20 served as Birthing Location for a woman who could not make it to the hospital

  •  2022 Special program in Viwandani Slum for women, youth, and children led by Dr. Pashayan and community leaders

  • Micro-farming project with partner VICCO filmed on local television for its impact on the slum community

  • USAID Nutrition Training Completed to include nutrition specific inputs into the Women's Farm in Nglani 

  • 2022 Three single-unit homes built for a family in time for birth of newborn baby girl

  • 2022 UN floor appeal made by Dr. Angela Pashayan for slum dwellers in Nairobi and across Africa 

  • 2022 Over 35 Community Mosaics created in Mukuru slum, 15 being used as Community Productive Spaces

  • 2022 first large harvest by women farmers in Nglani County, Machakos, enough to sell excess in Mukuru Slum

  • 2021 partnerships with HIH, Muungano Alliance, KDI, Ruben Center, VICCO, and LMRC

  • 2021 Research Focus groups (N500) and Development Practitioner interviews (N100) on extreme poverty reduction

  • ​​​​Mukuru Slum Mosaic featured in Kenya Art Diary 2020

  • Urban farm helped its first woman to build her own farm 2019

  • Slum Art Slam, Kibera. Outdoor program attracting 300 parrticipants 2013. Impact 2,500 people

  • From Hand to Hand. Grass roots start up directed by Angela and John 2011-2013. Re-located 8 families from the slums of Kibera and Mukuru to rural Kilgoris for Agriculture Communal Living. Impact 2,550 people

  • Documentary, The Mukuru Art Boyz. On the lives of five painters who live in the slums. Screened at the Beverly Hills Film Festival 2018, The UN Association Film Festival 2019, The London Independent Film Awards 2018, the Richmond International Film Festival 2019.  Impact 10,500 people

  • Art Boyz entrepreneurial and re-location program 2014. Impact 1,200 people

  • As of 2020, raised over $1,553,000 in capital since 2006

  • India orphanage & Untouchables Sewing Program 2010. Impact 1,500 people

  • Indonesia quake and volcano program 2008. Impact 2,500 people

  • Sydney Children's Hospital Program 2011. Impact 200 people

  • Hamilton Shelter, San Francisco Program 2011. Impact 450 people

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America 2009-2012. 2010 Award Winning Program Nationwide. Impact 2,000 people

  • Biratnagar, Nepal Program 2009. Support for Children's Hospital wing. Impact 500 people

  • Maasai Joy School - Arusha, Tanzania 2011-2012. Agriculture and Art. Impact 2,050 people

  • UAE Health Program - Yoga Conference 2012-2015. Impact 3,500 people

  • San Francisco Health Dept. Reduction of Absence Program. 2009-2012. Impact 4,500 people

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