Ungano Tena (U-Tena) is Swahili for, re-uniting - coming back together. U-Tena is a grass-roots community based organization created by youth from the Viwandani-Mukuru slum in East Nairobi, Kenya. U-Tena was created in 2005 and was registered with the Kenyan Ministry of Gender and Social Services (2006) and with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2008) as well as forming various partnerships with other government ministries (2007).
In 2010 the U-Tena Arts and Education Society was established in Vancouver Canada.Through music, dance, puppetry, and theatre, U-Tena provides free popular education and mentorship, teaching communities about HIV, STI, sexual and reproductive health, and other related topics.
Not only is U-Tena using creative novel mediums for educating, U-Tena members are residents of the slum and are therefore well situated to identify and understand the unique health needs of the community. Members are trained and qualified to deliver accurate and culturally appropriate health education. They are known and trusted by the community and have within their limited capacity been successful in delivering health messaging.
Donate and help U-Tena transform the lives of the urban youth through our various community development projects.
Creating opportunities for youth to showcase and share their talents.
Identify, train, mentor and expose young people to improve their livelihood.
Dispel myths related to HIV transmission, encourage testing and treatment.
Cultivate a sense of dignity among the youth to realize their self-worth.