We are a grassroots initiative empowering displaced youth to build resilient communities in Africa. Learn More
What began as a youth-club has now become a youth-led organization operating in Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Learn More
Through functional Education and Entrepreneurial Leadership, we’re embedding peace and prosperity in conflict areas from the Ground Up. Learn More
CIYOTA helped more than 5,000 refugees and local natives access education and build social entrepreneurial leadership skills. These young people have in turn impacted lives of over 50,000 people in Uganda and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
CIYOTA is youth defining the future of their community.
CIYOTA is an important organization to support because it shows that young people are capable of changing their individual destinies, and the destinies of their communities by working together to solve difficult social and economic problems.
CIYOTA is demonstrating that young people are capable of using education as a powerful tool to address and redress great social harms and challenges even from within the most affected and vulnerable areas, creating a positive future and leading catalytic change for entire communities.
CIYOTA’s founders have been recognized with prestigious awards including the UN Youth Advisory Board 2013, Global Citizen Award; Echoing Green Fellow 2013, Unreasonable Institute Fellow 2010, Top 99 under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders of 2013, United State Institute of Peace- Generation Change maker fellow 2014, Without Violence Fellow 2014, Ashoka Fellow 2015, MasterCard Foundation Scholar Program Learn More
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CIYOTA’s model is more than a theory – we have living proof that it works, and are confident that with additional support we can greatly increase the scope of our impact. Learn More
We founded CIYOTA as refugees. After experiencing the critical challenges faced by the refugee community. Learn More
We are committed to grassroots development driven by youth
Through education, we’re embedding peace and prosperity in conflict areas from the Ground Up.
We see education as a critical part of healing conflict and creating social cohesion. We apply holistic community development that addresses access to education from primary to tertiary education, , skills development, child safety, nurturing environments and leadership development to enable young people to succeed and make a difference in their lives and community.