The Nikibasika Development Program provides a home and long-term education for orphaned and vulnerable youth in Kasese, Uganda. Our focus is to help these young adults become self-sustaining community leaders. Each is supported with post-secondary education, and more important, with leadership development, career guidance, global and human rights awareness. The profound and unique aspect of Nikibasika is that each young person participates in a team where they create and lead a community-development project that helps local people in need. Teams led by 16 and 17 year olds are currently helping street kids, the sick and the elderly in their community, paying school fees and other supports with their own pocket money. Their hope is to become adults who will be able to do for others what the Triadventure has done for them.
There were originally 52 participants in Nikibasika; by the end of 2015, 11 of them will have graduated. Graduates are working as hairdressers, mechanics, in small businesses and for the Rwandan national government. In 2016, 20 of the “kids” will be in post-secondary school, training to be welders, public health officers, sewing and design, social workers, electricians, builders, tailors, software engineers, community developers, farmers and various business roles such as HR, procurement and accounting. Most will run small businesses.