An amount of € 4,240 was required to purchase the necessary equipment.
While the overall youth unemployment rate in Kenya is about 15% the situation in rural areas is worse due to poverty, illiteracy, inappropriate technology and inappropriate education. Training institutions that offer appropriate technology are located in big cities far from the villages and too expensive for rural families to afford.
One out of three people in Turkana county live in extreme poverty and cannot pay the fees for vocational training in the cities. Many of them are semi-illiterate and lack skills to secure employment. Due to the lack of knowledge and skills, young people cannot find work and the vicious circle of poverty is maintained. Young people just try to survive with illegal practices such as prostitution, crime and drug trafficking or use.
The importance of the project
Now is the time for the county to offer local young people training in order to acquire the necessary skills so that they can benefit from the improving economic situation.
The implementing organisation
Turkana Community Foundation has over the last four years been running two programs:
- a programme supporting annually 1000 vulnerable children to have access to education, by providing them scholastic material, uniform and shoes; and
- a programme to equip annually 200 local young people with tailor and business skills.
The envisaged project results
The project will result in a well-equipped training centre where young people can, among others, follow ITC training courses. This is expected to contribute to the development of young people and to the following concrete results:
- Annually at least 100 vulnerable young man and women will be adequately equipped with effective business and computer skills;
- At least 2/3rd of the graduates will be supported to start their own businesses while the other 1/3rd will be supported to secure employment using the acquired skills
- Having acquired both skills and employment, at least 80% is these young men and women will become self-reliant, independent and possibly key players in the development of their community.
The chance of sustainability
The training centre will initially set up a computer / ICT course in addition to the existing tailor course. Then there are plans to expand the training centre with a carpenter course, a plumber course, and possibly a baker course and a car mechanic course in a few years.
To run the computer / ICT course costs around € 5,200 in the first year and then generates around € 2,000 in revenue. In the third year the annual expenses will be around € 1,800 and the income will be around € 2,200.
Progress of the project
The Van Doorn Foundation made € 4,240 available for the purchase of computers, printers and furniture and for the salaries of the teachers during the start-up of the training.
The project eventually achieved its goal and set up a computer training course where young people learn about contemporary technologies.
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