About Us

Soweto Youth Initiative is a registered community-based organization. It was started in 1999 by Julius Odero as a scout movement club by the name of "Soweto Club". It later changed to the name we know today as the organization grew beyond the scout movement. Its main aim is to nurture and empower the community, the youth, as well as disabled people so that they all can become responsible citizens through social, physical and spiritual development.

Joshua Wambua


My name is Joshua Wambua. I grew up in Soweto as a young boy with my siblings. I was raised by my mother who used to hawk and doing small businesses like selling charcoal and second-hand clothes and vegetables alternatively. Life was really challenging, lack of school fees, going hungry and even opted to go to the streets. I am currently working as a casual in a local school and living with my younger brother. I was motivated to get back and motivate the young ones at SYI and encourage them that life will be better someday. They only need to work hard. I want to leave this place better than I found it. I want children and youths to lead better lives. I want to see change. It must start with me.

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