Unbound Releases Video Presentation On Poverty, Radicalization And Perception Of Kenya’s Youth

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Unbound releases a video talk in which Amos Kihoro discusses the reality of life for young people in his country and sheds new light on how Kenyan youth become drawn to drugs, gangs and terrorist cells. His inspiring talk not only sheds light on the problems plaguing the young people of Kenya, but outlines unique methods Unbound uses to help young people move from marginalized to empowered.

Amos Kihoro, programs coordinator for Unbound in Nairobi, Kenya.

True behavior change is not forced or coerced. It is influenced.

Unbound, an international humanitarian organization working in 20 countries around the world, has released a new video talk, entitled "Encounter Unbound," which addresses the marginalization of Kenyan youth and strategies for changing the present reality.

In the talk, Amos Kihoro, programs coordinator for Unbound in Nairobi, outlines reasons Kenyan youth struggle, such as high unemployment, early marriage, drug abuse, marginalization and various forms of exploitation. He describes a generation that feels disconnected, angry and entitled to blame others for their misfortunes.

Kihoro discusses the tragic effects of poverty combined with marginalization that can lead to violence like the recent massacre of college students in Kenya.

“Economic vulnerability of youth makes them hopeless, helpless and easy to lure into violent and radical groups,” he explained.

In contrast, Kihoro describes Unbound's “culture of encounter” that works with young people to learn their problems, insecurities, feelings and pressures. He explains how caring adults mentor, counsel and encourage youth to see themselves and the future in a different light.

“True behavior change is not forced or coerced,” Kihoro said. “It is influenced.”

Kihoro knows of no young person involved in the Unbound sponsorship program who has been successfully recruited into gangs or terrorist organizations.

Many of the young people have become youth mentors themselves.

Watch the talk in its entirety here.

Unbound is the largest nonprofit organization in Kansas with more than $120 million in annual revenue. Unbound works side by side with people of diverse faiths in 20 countries, bringing people together to challenge poverty in new and innovative ways.

Unbound distributes direct aid as quickly and efficiently as possible to people who need it. 92.5 percent of Unbound's expenses go toward program support.
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