Slums Information Development and Resource Centers (SIDAREC) is a youth/children development project operating in the slums of Nairobi. The organization was established in 1996 as a community based youth group with an aim of tapping and consolidating skills and talents existing among the youth/children in the community for the common benefit of the slum dwellers. And later SIDAREC developed and changed status to a non-governmental organization in the year 1997.
Lucy Mathai is a Founder/Executive Director of Slums Information Development and Resource Centers (SIDAREC) a youth/children organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. Before founding SIDAREC, Lucy Mathai worked for Kenya Red Cross, The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in the Kenyan Government, and a Danish MS-KENYA partner.She holds a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Development; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Community Development, She was able to convince young people in Pumwani majengo in starting the organization (SIDAREC).
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This was in line with the acceptable knowledge, that despite all the problems affecting slum dwellers, from a different perspective, a lot of untapped resources exists in the communities; resources that if acknowledged, harnessed and utilized would be useful in bringing the much needed positive development change under the concept that 'community problems need community solutions. From its humble beginning, SIDAREC developed and changed status to a non-governmentsl organization thanks to the spirit of volunteerism and the love of the community. This culminated into the building of a community resource center in Majengo Pumwani Division. SIDAREC has so far established three resource centers in three major slums in Nairobi namely PUMWANI, MUKURU and KIBERA serving a combined population of over 1.5million people.