Milestones and Results

  • Evolved from youth club to a formal NGO with legal status in Uganda, DRC, and the U.S. [501(c)3];
  • Honed holistic model leveraging education as entry point for social betterment and peace-building;
  • Grown to 8,000+ volunteer members (including every elected leader of the 14 districts and 300+ blocks in Kyangwali) who share common commitment to social betterment goals for the community;
  • Directly supported over 500 children in Uganda and DRC to complete primary and/or secondary education;
  • Supported pilot cohort of five high school girls in innovative hostel program to graduate upper secondary in 2010, becoming the first girls from Kyangwali ever to complete high school;
  • Graduated ten CIYOTA secondary school scholars who achieved competitive admission and enrolled in national and international universities in the past two years (the only secondary school in the camp ends at grade 10, making university access previously impossible);
  • Established its primary campus in 2009, which serves 350 students each year from preschool through primary, with its students outperforming other schools in the area;
  • Provides trainings for parents/guardians and the community on child protection, saving young girls from forced early marriages and labor, financial literacy and other skills;
  • Leveraged at least 1:1 resource contribution (time, in-kind, financial) from community members and graduates for all project activities to date;
  • CIYOTA and founders recognized with prestigious awards including UN Youth Advisory Board 2013 Global Citizen Award; Echoing Green Fellow 2013; Unreasonable Institute Inaugural Fellow 2013; ‘Top 99 under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders of 2013’;
  • Established 200+ youth task force from different tribes in Eastern DRC, working with the government to reach and support education of over 1 million out-of-school youth from 50 different tribes;
  • Created network of 1000+ women in Uganda and Eastern DRC supporting victims and combating gender-based violence, impacting over 5,000 members from different tribes.