Who We Are

CYDI is an abbreviation for Children and Youth Development Initiative a non-profit making organization Registered on the 25th July 2019 with Registration No. 00NGO/R/0224.
In July 2018, CYDI was begun by Lucas Marcus and Phelix Omondi with a mission to address the needs of children and youth in Tanzania.
It is our aim to work with community-based organizations to support millions of children, families, and communities by raising funds from foundations, philanthropists, and individual donors to address important issues that affect vulnerable and underprivileged children and youth.


Children and youth have a voice and are fully engaged in the socio-economic development decisions affecting them.


CYDI is a child and youth focused organization working towards: peace, unity, social and economic empowerment, advocacy, psychosocial support, sensitization, community outreaches, networking, educational support, environmental protection and conservation.


To promote and support socio-economic inclusion and empowerment of children and youth on matters that allow them have greater control over their destinies individually and collectively and develop their abilities to effectively contribute towards advancement of sustainable development in Tanzania.

Core values

Integrity, Inclusiveness, Transparency, Responsiveness, Responsibility and Accountability

Our Activities include:

  1. Child Protection
  2. Education and ICT
  3. Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy and Vocational Skills Program
  4. Value Based Life Skills Programs
  5. Environmental Protection and Conservation
  6. HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health

Our Objectives:

  1. Support and promote improved access to education and ICT training to children and youth.
  2. Foster youth gainful self-employment through delivery of entrepreneurship, financial literacy and vocational skills training.
  3. Facilitate improved access to education and psycho-social well-being of marginalized children and youth.
  4. To create social stability and awareness on reproductive health, HIV / AIDS and other related adolescence issues.
  5. To advocate for a society whereby children and youth with disabilities have equal rights and opportunities for growth and development.
  6. Increase household income through effective promotion of youth led self-help projects at both community and individual level contributing to poverty eradication initiative.
  7. Promote equal opportunities and rights to all children and youth without distinction as to age, gender, race, religion, ethnicity and socio-economic status.
  8. Conduct studies, research and consultancies on issues related to children and youth development and poverty eradication.
  9. Encourage active youth participation in environmental protection and conservation.
  10. Liaise and partner with donors and stakeholders to develop strategies and agenda on children and youth development issues.

Our Focus:

  1. Vulnerable groups
    Work with the most susceptible groups including children on the streets, child laborers, orphans, commercial sex workers and hard to reach rural population.
  2. Effectiveness
    Setting priorities that aim at achieving sustainable and meaningful improvements in the lives of children and youth we serve.
  3. Community participation
    Partnering with communities involving their inputs and investment to attain sustainable change.
  4. Empowerment
    Engaging children and youth as active participants towards their own growth and development.
  5. Innovation and creativity
    Using innovation and creativity in program strategies and approaches aiming at tackling challenges in modern ways.
  6. Strong leadership and reputation
    Having committed, respected and dynamic leadership with a vision for change in all that we do winning trust and recognition from the communities we serve and partners we collaborate with.
  7. Potential for sustainability and adaptability
    Our strategy ensures long term sustainability of program activities through donor diversification, mobilization of government funding, community investment and income generation activities.