Who is Kanava?
Kanava Youth Center is a non-political organization concerned
with the development of children and youth. Kanava is an active
member in the Somali civil society institutions and it aims at
the rehabilitation and advancement of Somalia's youngest generation.
Kanava Youth Center is dedicated in ensure that all young Somalis
have a healthy future, an effective education that equips them
with marketable skills, and opportunities to help others.
In September 2002, Kanava youth center was officially opened
by a group of local youth working in Mogadishu in cooperation
with members of a Somali youth group from Finland.
The word Kanava has its original roots in Finish language, which
means "Canal". It symbolizes how Somali youth can bring
the gap between different Somali segments closer.
The main objectives of Kanava include the following:
- Rehabilitation of Somali youth and developing positive values.
- Ensuring that all young Somalis have a healthy future and
- Developing vocational and skill abilities of Somali youth
in various sectors.
- Preparing professional youth leaders with high qualities
and capacity of leadership.
- Improving public health through health awareness activities.
- Contributing to the overall development of the country.
"We aspire to see and to provide guidance, and to promote
health, social, educational, vocational and character development
of Somali child & youth.
Kanava mission is to provide guidance, and to promote health,
social, educational, vocational and character development of Somali
children & youth through offering of structured activities
such as short courses, field trips, and sports. The purpose here
is to provide a safe and structured environment in which all Somali
youth can associate with their peers.
The aim of the center is to mobilize Somali youth to fully participate
in social activities and to promote positive values such as; justice,
equality, democracy and good governance. Also, Kanava Youth Center
is very much engaged in reconciliation and rehabilitation of Somali
Kanava Core Values
We care about all Somali youth and understand that, young people
naturally seek excitement, friendship and support. Gladly, the
chance to offer encouragement, direction and counseling comes
as a result of gaining their trust.
We believe that the value of self-respect is fundamental to a
healthy growth for our youth.
We believe that every young person has the right to be listened
to; to be heard and responded to, as someone who really matters
and as someone whose ideas could make a difference.
We acknowledge the need of all young people to be accepted and
liked, and to become competent.
We are sensitive to the isolation of the individual who is different
in any way, and we endeavor to create in our services, an atmosphere
that fosters a sense of belonging and acceptance.
We recognize that learning plays a significant role in the development
of children and youth. We support, foster and encourage life-long