The Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance (KMYA) is an independent not for profit national youth network founded in November 2003, with a mandate to empower young Muslims through constructive engagement and participation in nurturing democratic, healthy, peaceful and just societies for all.
KMYA’s goals are accomplished through capacity-building, networking, dialogue, research and communication, health-related programs, information sharing and advocacy.
Since inception in 2003, KMYA has successfully implemented a number of programmes including;
- Health programs including (Maternal and child health, Family planning/Child Spacing, HIV/AIDS, Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases(NCDs)
- Education programs in promoting access to quality
- Economic Empowerment programs in urban and local communities settlements
- Capacity-building programs for Muslim youth leaders
- Establishment of grassroots leadership structures
- Conducting civic education on democracy and nation-building processes
- Undertaking national level advocacy on the new constitution
- Carrying out activities that promote tolerance and peaceful inter-religious and ethnic coexistence.
- Carrying out research on CVE, education, health, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and other social issues
- Founding the Muslim Times 360 Bi-monthly newspaper ( a newspaper that offers alternative voice on news affecting communities www.muslimtimes360.info)
The organization is served by a professional and competent team of nine Board members with proven abilities and passion for youth development and well-being. The organization is headed by its Chief executive officer who oversees its countrywide operations with the support of the top managers heading various departments key among them being Programs, Finance and Administration and ICT. At the various counties that we operate (Currently operating in 7 counties), KMYA operations are headed by the various regional coordinators who report directly to the programs manager. KMYA management structure and operational vision captures the aspiration of the organization for positive change in the lives of its target group i.e.
"The potential of the marginalized Muslim youth is nurtured, positively harnessed and transformed for positive contribution in the Kenyan society in line with Islamic values."
All our regional offices have fully fledged functional offices with staff serving at various capacities including;
- Program activity implementation.
- Finance and administration.
- Field activities
KMYA appreciates the fact that Muslim youth in Kenya require specific programs that are designed for their special needs in order to facilitate acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes that would enable them cope with the demands of the changing world without compromising their Islamic faith. We implement our programs in an (all inclusivity policy) with a multi-stakeholder approach while utilizing a multi-sectoral approach across the various thematic areas that we operate in and this has enabled KMYA enjoy an entrenched government and community institutional goodwill. Currently, the Alliance is implementing programs across eight thematic areas and boasts of broad membership of community based organizations as well as individual members that cut across the religious and institutional divide.
Our membership include;
- Community based organizations
- Learning institutions
- Individual youth and other community members
- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
- Media, Research and Advocacy
- Peace-building and Human Security
- Good Governance and Youth Leadership Development
- Livelihood and economic empowerment
- GBV, Gender and other marginalized groups
- Sexual Reproductive Health and other Health related issues
- Education and Early Childhood development