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Why we do it


In 2012 the founder of Vizazi started a pilot on counselling in the society of Mathare in order to deliver an alternative intervention for an answer to the call of UN HABITAT for permanent counselling and psychological support services to stabilise youth as part of building urban safety. This counselling program confronts the Kenyan community, the younger demographic in particular, with their behaviour, thereby creating an awareness that results in the people taking ownership and control of their own lives.


How we differentiate


Vizazi Foundation offers an alternative additional service on counselling to the existing empowerment programs of high risk youth. It is the newest additional tool to existing youth curricula offered by local organisations in informal settlements. It uses the ‘Train of Trainer’ approach which ensures that the gained experience will be passed on, resulting in a safer and more secure future for this generation and the next.


After the pilot became a success the current ambition of Vizazi Foundation is to introduce Multi Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) as one of the family counselling methods as part of SUP. It will be the first time this method will be implemented in an African informal settlement. MDFT has thirty years of supporting research in USA and international studies presenting significant and consistent clinical outcomes. It is implemented over 100 sites across USA and Europe. MDFT Branch in the Netherlands is in support of Vizazi to realise the challenge to implement a Kenyan MDFT Unit (for more information on MDFT: www.mdft.org & MDFT).

Product – ‘Social Upgrading Program | SUP’


We offer our training and counselling methods under the name of ‘Social Upgrading Program’. SUP is designed to work on a mental, emotional and social level, challenging youth to think and act responsibly in order to become owners of their life.


The expertise of Vizazi is based on more than a decade of experience working with at-risk youth. SUP tapped into the already existing resilience of these youth facing the most degrading circumstances. Vizazi beliefs that the power of youth in high risk areas can divert beyond measurement when the proper guidance is available. SUP has cultivated from this experience crucial life lessons as an inspiration for all kind of youth worldwide.


SUP consists of:

  • Equip | training to think and act more responsible through a peer-helping approach
  • Write Junior Club | training to decrease symptoms of stress & trauma
  • Kata Temper | training on anger management
  • Sekete | training to create sex(ual) awareness
  • Sikika | training for youth to strengthen their identity and assertiveness
  • ‘My Drive In Life’ | training to create awareness of motivational resources in life


For whom


Youth / Schools / CBOs & NGOs


Vizazi Foundation designed the ‘Social Upgrading Program‘ | SUP specifically as a training package targeted youth between 6 and 26 years from different background and social contexts, who struggle with one or more of:

  • identity problems and low self esteem
  • lacking focus or purpose in life
  • growing up in dysfunctional family structures
  • stress and trauma
  • depression and anxiety
  • impulsive and hyperactive behaviour
  • acting out behaviour like aggression, delinquency and drug abuse
  • school dropout


Vizazi Foundation can be consulted by individuals, private schools, CBOs and NGOs for training, boosters and expertise in general regarding the ‘Social Upgrading Program’.



‘Train the Trainers

SUP uses the ‘Train the Trainer’ approach in which local youth are trained to train their fellow peers. Vizazi also appoints them as the ambassadors of the programs and as the positive role models of the community. This ensures that the gained experience will be passed on, resulting in a safer and more secure future for this generation and the next.


‘Counselling method’

The methodology of SUP is based on cognitive behavioural therapy reinforced by positive peer-to-peer dynamics of the group embedded in systemic approach. To ensure counselling occurs on the most effective level, participants are counselled in a secure setting and in appropriate groups to encompass and maintain group dynamics. Important key values implemented in the SUP include: bottom-up, ownership, ‘positive peer pressure’, inclusiveness, evidence-based, cultural sensitivity, social ecology and relabelling.


Team building & Supervision’

Supervision is another way in which quality is maintained throughout the programs. Supervision as part of team building is a crucial element in the establishment of Vizazi Foundation. Vizazi is convinced that teamwork determines the success of programs. It challenges interpersonal themes next to group dynamics. This is effectuated by offering interventions as supervision and coaching on individual and group level. Monitoring is carried out in close collaboration with local organisation in a hierarchically organised manner.


Evidence based

The evidence based approach of the SUP will be certified and provided by the Vizazi research team. It consists of professionals in the work field of psychology and research with a pragmatic approach of performing research in the specific context that Vizazi operates in. The impact of the programs of SUP are measured through behaviour questionnaires. Data will be collected on different levels of the context like individual, teachers and parents and will be used for a consistent critical evaluation tool for enrolling the programs of SUP in the long term.


Vizazi Foundation collaborates with Vizazi and focuses on supporting Vizazi’s ambition to enrol three to six times a year four training programs with local organisations on counselling in Mathare.


Vizazi expects to serve annual 225 youth in the program through a Training of Trainers approach: local youth are trained to serve their peers.


Intentions are to implement the same social structure, strategy and approach in other informal settlements to create a chain of change on the counselling level. In the next three years Vizazi will strive to set up three autonomous Kenyan SUP Units in three informal settlements in Eastlands, Nairobi.