Founded in February 2013
as a Facebook-based movement, YaLa Africa is dedicated to the empowerment of
youth across the African continent. With 160,000+ members from over 20 African
nations – including Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda and
Nigeria – we are the largest online pan-African youth movement to date. Close
to 50% of our members are within the age range of 15-24 years old. YaLa Africa
provides a platform for dialogue, cooperation and action on issues facing these
youth, like health and HIV/AIDS, gender equality, nutrition, economic development,
and cultural expression, among others.
Our mission is to
promote youth-led change for peace and development by serving as a source of
knowledge and information sharing through both our online and field
presence. In the field, we aim to fight malnutrition by focusing on vulnerable
women and children since improving the nutritional status of children and their
mothers translates into increased health, educational outcomes and economic
productivity for entire nations.
We currently run field projects in Kigali, Rwanda and Freetown, Sierra Leone.