The African Youth Action Network (AYAN) is a youth led organization that supports and works with young progressive people to create programmes and influence policies in the areas of peace, gender, sexuality, health, education, the arts & good governance. The organization promotes, protects and advances young people’s rights by building their leadership, and strengthening youth led initiatives and movements.
Founded in June 2015, in Uganda by South Sudanese young people, AYAN has worked directly with UNHCR to support South Sudanese young refugees to receive
scholarships to study in Uganda. The organization believes that Illiteracy is one of the major cause of conflict in South Sudan. The organization is currently registered in South Sudan with a branch in Uganda and looking forward to opening in Kenya.
The Organization was supported by UNHCR in 2016 through the Youth Initiative Fund (YIF) to train young refugees and host Community Youths in Peace Building and Conflict resolutions in Uganda. At AYAN, we believe that the youth are well positioned to organize and participate in promoting a movement of sustainable peace through the organization of positive, non-violent, community-building activities, through trainings, mentorship, community outreach programmes in the Great Lakes Region and other volatile Parts of Africa. The organization has reached out to adolescents and young people below 35 years of age in refugee settlements and urban centres where there are south Sudanese Youth to address consequence of conflict and violence in
South Sudan such as stress and psychosocial trauma among young South Sudanese living in Uganda.
We envision a peaceful world offering youth an opportunity to participate and involve themselves in the socio-economic development decisions and activities.
To provides a platform that harness and nurture young people’s personal, community and national aspirations, ideas and potentials to promote peace and development through informed, innovative and value driven approaches.
Years In Charity
Malual Bol Kiir, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AYAN
BOL KIIR is a South Sudanese born 1993 in Abyei during the civil wars between the North and South Sudan. He has been a refugee in Uganda for fifteen years, At 22 he is a Law Graduate Finalist at Busoga University in Uganda. Malual sit at the Advisory Board of the UN Secretary General’s Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015). Malual has been a peace and youth activist advocating for peaceful co-existence of all South Sudanese, refugee communities and for mutual understanding between refugee and host communities to live harmoniously. He is remarkably active and is involved in various youth activities. Malual recently participated in the Global Refugee Youth Consultations at Uganda National Consultations and has used his network to impact change. He was the Speaker of the South Sudanese Students’ Union in Uganda. A body that is in charge of the Students welfare in Uganda in 2014.
Simon Marot Touloung, PROGRAM MANAGER
Simon Marot Touloung was born in 1992 in Wange in Mayom County in the present South Sudan. Following the conflict in South Sudan, Simon Marot aged 8 years then, joined his brothers walked for 21 days and nights from Unity state through Warrap, Bhar El Ghazal and lake states. He arrived in Keri Transit camp on in September 2000 in Northern Uganda. Simon Marot joined school in Imvepi Settlement and later
secured an exclusive DAFI Scholarship to pursue Petroleum, Geoscience and Production Studies at Makerere University.
Simon Marot is an alumni of President Obama’s Initiative, the Young African Leader Initiative (YALI) Youth Network. Simon Marot recently attended the 12 –Week 2016 YALI COHORT 6 leadership training at the YALI Regional Leadership Centre Nairobi. He was part of the Global Refugee Youth Consultation and he represented Uganda at the consultation in Geneva.
Ikayak Martha , ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
Ikayak Martha is a South Sudanese born 1991 in Juba during the civil wars between the North and South Sudan. She has been a refugee in Uganda for the last 21 years. At 25, Martha was able to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Kyambogo University in Uganda. An achievement she got amidst various challenges. At the tender age of 9, Martha became a total orphan after losing
both her parents leaving her in the care of her elderly maternal grandmother. Despite that, she struggled so hard to excel in her studies at Primary level earning her a scholarship for secondary and University education which would otherwise be unaffordable for her disabled elderly grandmother.
Martha has been a peace and women activist advocating for peaceful co-existence of all South Sudanese, refugee communities with other refugees from other countries such as Kenya, Rwanda and DR Congo. She served her community during the Uganda National Population and Housing Census of 2014 as an Enumerator. Her role included collecting data about individuals and Households to be used for the purposes of planning. She is actively involved in various Youth activities. Martha recently participated in the Youth Consultation on Secondary School and Post Primary Pathways held at UNHCR Head offices in Kampala. She used that platform to advance her ideas on how challenges affecting Post primary education can be handled.
Patrick Bacokorana,PROJECT ASSISTANT
Patrick Bacokorana Kanyeihamba is a Ugandan born in Mbarara, Uganda. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in statistics and demography from The Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics of Makerere University, Kampala. He later pursued a Postgraduate Diploma from the chartered Institute of Purchasing and supply–Lincolnshire UK. He furthered his studies with professional trainings in
entrepreneurial induction, transformative leadership and training of trainers (TOT). He worked briefly with the International Procurement Consultants, MTN-Uganda, IPSOS-Uganda and the Uganda Oil Seed Producers and Processors’ Association. He later founded Africa in Motion Youth Initiative an organization at the forefront of social, economic and civic change through leadership training, health awareness, community engagement and improvement of livelihoods and incomes through agricultural and household processing.
He is also a fellow of the Management and Training Advisory Centre, The Young African leaders Initiative, Makerere University Business School and Strathmore School of Business. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science Degree in purchasing and supply chain Management and has a passion for transforming and empowering the next African generation today through equipping youth with different skills, dynamics, tools and techniques provided by research and development to broaden their understanding of the challenges they face and designing sustainable solutions that improve their lives and incomes..