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Eastern Africa Regional Youth Network

Nairobi, Kenya
Joined September 2018

EARYN enhance the capacity of youths’ across the region and build an empowered youth network, where youths’ see themselves as unique advocates, ambassadors and to be authentic agents of change.

Presence in: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda
Focus: Criminal Justice, Education, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Labor & Employment, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice

Eastern Africa Regional Youth Network (EARYN) is the successor of the Global Youth
Network for Eastern Africa that started in 2003 as a project under the UNODC Regional
Office for Eastern Africa and was concluded in 2007. The project established National
Youth Networks in some of the 13 countries under the regional office.


We connect youth organizations by promoting networking, sharing skills and
good practice for effective programs, impact and as a tool for
resource mobilization;

We act to delay the onset use of substance of abuse, reduce crime and
to sustain reduction in the incidence of HIV and AIDS among the

We rehabilitate with respect to dignity and treat drug dependence as a health
problem, not a behaviourial problem:

We empower with believe, that a source of livelihood is a prime means of
ensuring a stable lifestyle free of crime, drugs and as a tool for
relapse prevention.

EARYN has established an endowment fund to receive grants, donations, gifts and other assistance for any one or more of its objectives to invest and appoint trustees to
manager the fund. The main aim of the endowment fund will to provide perpetuity source for projects support and a source of livelihood for youths’ involved in our programs.

Re – Fund promotes and support efforts by youths’ groups national through the National Youth Networks in the respective countries, to prevent drug abuse, crime, HIV
and AIDS among young people. We believe that, advocacy only is never enough. We want youths’ to show the world, that we are the change we expect to see and the trustees for the future generation. We invest in innovative social enterprises by promoting by the youth for the youth social investment with commitment for supporting non income generating interventions.We want to contribute to the innovative ideas by the youths’, for we don’t see youths’ as part of the problem. But rather as cornerstone of the solution to the problem.


People Associated With This Organization

Jones Okoth

Eastern Africa Regional Youth Network
Joined September 2018
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Environmental Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
Jones Okoth from Kenya (Eastern Africa) is a founder member of Eastern Africa Regional Youth Network during its established as a Regional Youth Network currently operational in 13 countries.

Jones journey started back in 1998 when still in school, having an alcoholic brother who lost a family and himself to drugs. This and many other experiences let him to start a community based organization dubbed Youth Against Immorality (YAI - Kenya) which was part of the UNODC Global Youth Network (GYN).

In 2003 he joined Eastern Africa Regional Youth Network as a project officer; one of the regional successor groups form by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as an exit strategy by the winding project GYN. Thereafter he move ranks to become the National Coordinator and now he is Regional
Coordinator for the Eastern Africa.

“We are the change we expect to see… for those work for change can noticed it. Rights of drug users are human rights… we expect that we walk the talk"
Jones Okoth is the network champion (main point of contact) for Eastern Africa Regional Youth Network.

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