Extreme poverty remains a huge challenge at international level and one that traditional education is struggling to solve. Another pressing challenge in the context of global education is solving the youth unemployment crisis, with 75 million people aged 16 to 24 currently unemployed. Therefore, it is more important than ever that they leave school not just with good grades, but armed with skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that will help them succeed. This unemployment crisis requires a change and transformation to give these youth an empowering environment for employability by bridging together educational sector and labor market. Strengthening cross-sectorial networking that create new opportunities for work based learning mobility. Consequently with belief that education is the key to tackling youth unemployment and poverty worldwide, in December 2009, International Transformation Foundation (ITF) was established by amalgated youth across East African countries and dully registered in Kenya on August 25th as an international, youth led, non-profit organization that provides youth leadership and entrepreneurship programs to harness creativity in youth an provide a system that provides jobs offering security, opportunities to grow and contribute to the development of communities.

The duties of the various management bodies within International Transformation Foundation (ITF) are determined by the laws of Republic of Kenya and the organization's governance policy and by-laws decided by the Board of Directors (Board).


To offer the best programs that ensure an empowered youth and developed communities.


ITF aims at providing the most effective educational and self-development programs to the youth and to the community at large.


ITF is an international youth-led non-profit organization providing youth education and self-development programs that encompass entrepreneurship and leadership and harnesses creativity for a youth system that provides jobs, offers security, opens opportunities to grow and contributes to the development of communities.


Where We Started

The International Transformation Foundation (ITF) was established on 25th August 2010 with a principle of stimulus and inspiration for change in the way the youth identify with various problems in the community. The goal was to challenge the youth by empowering them to implement strategies to solve these problems by way of educational and self-development programs encompassing leadership and entrepreneurship and those that are built to suit the needs of youth. By December 2012, ITF had reached over 26,000 youth across Kenya with ITF’s first 3 flagship projects. This concluded the first operational phase.

The organization’s second operational phase was intended to achieve sustainability and growth. This was driven by empowering and facilitating the youth network in ITF to forge partnerships with other youth groups to design community-based projects. The process was also intended to instill a sense of ownership, improve well-being and build the youth’s aspirations while contributing to their communities’ development. This led to the setting up of the secretariat which runs on a volunteer basis. The secretariat was able to fundraise and fully implement the 3 flagship projects designed in the first operational phase.

ITF built 9 water kiosk/stations in Nairobi, Siaya and Bungoma counties, participation by over 26,947 youth in ITF’s leadership and entrepreneurship trainings and 31 youth volunteers from different countries working at the ITF secretariat by 2015. The third and current operational phase has been to continue to sustain and strengthen the secretariat in Kenya while expanding into other countries. In March 2018, ITF was duly registered in Rwanda, paving the way for the ITF’s second operations base which is in Muhanga District, Southern Province.

Operational ITF

In July 2013, ITF partnered with Join the Pipe Foundation, launching the Join the Pipe project, a project that involved installing specially designed tap stations near playgrounds, city centers, parks, schools and bus stations to ensure accessibility of clean drinking tap water. It is also within this project that the youth volunteers in ITF started creating awareness on the environmental impact of production and waste of single-use plastic water bottles. To date, ITF has built 15 water kiosks across schools/communities in Kenya and Rwanda. Together with a third partner, the Pollination project, 2 public tap water stations were set up in Uhuru Park, Nairobi in 2016. The Join the Pipe project has expanded to include vending trolleys for re-usable water bottles that serve to improve the environment as well as provide a source of income for the youth operated trolley.

In November 2014, ITF launched the ‘1 Slum, 100 Computers’ project, which aimed at providing computer training and entrepreneurship mentoring for youth groups in slums and informal settlements in eastern Nairobi. At the completion of the training courses, ITF would fund the trainees to set-up computer-based business. The project was funded by the Rabo Bank Foundation.

In 2015, ITF set up a community library and resource center in the Kahawa West Community which operated as a hub and one stop resource, information and learning center. The project was designed in 2013 but was realized in 2015. However, the project has since been forced to shut down due to lack of funds required to sustain it. The project reached up to 40,000 people residing in Kahawa West and its adjacent areas.

Subsequently, in the same year, ITF launched the Jijenge Kijana Fund, which was designed to offer training and micro- credit as a livelihood pathway for ITF members to engage in stable livelihood.

ITF’s ‘leadership & entrepreneurship trainings’ was one of its first flagship projects developed and was intended to impact youth as well as serve as an introductory/ marketing tool to introduce the organization in its role towards the youth in East Africa. 2016 saw the successful introduction of ITF and implementation of a few projects by the organization and this ignited a desire to be a global organization teaming up with youth across the world to find solutions to cross-cutting issues, therefore, a partnership with the Erasmus Plus Programme of the EU was established.

The mentioned programmes have continued to form a big part of ITF’s existing programmes to date.

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