Mr. Aloys Opiyo Otieno has been working with Undugu since 1993. The Undugu Society is one of the oldest local NGOs in Kenya and one of the first to focus exclusively on children and youth rights and empowerment. It is a well know and well respected organization in Nairobi. It was founded originally by a Catholic priest, Father Grol. The Catholic Church played a significant role in the development of Kenya and was one of the most vocal advocates for political reform leading up to the 2002 democractic elections. Mr. Opiyo himself is a devote Catholic and sees his work at USK as a fulfillment on the Churches teachings on Social Justice. He came to Undugu because he believed that working with the youth in Kenya, “would increase my inspiration of being an advocate of the poor.”
In our interview, Opiyo spoke with fervor about the importance of working with homeless children and youth, talked about the evolution of Undugu over the years, and spoke of the power of Digital Storytelling to give youth a voice and hold the Kenyan government to account. He has great hopes that the Digital Storytelling Project will be an educational tool that can connect to the wider global advocacy network and in so doing help to influence policy within Kenya. To learn more, take a look at the interview below.
Posted By Barbara Dziedzic
Posted Aug 3rd, 2009