In Kenya, only one third of all youth are employed each year, leaving the remaining two thirds jobless, according to a recent World Bank report. A majority of youth, both employed and unemployed, are found in rural areas but they migrate to urban centres to look for employment opportunities. These opportunities are often scarce and, without specialised skills, youth are at risk of violence, exploitation or worse.
Throughout Kenya, the most significant skill gaps amongst youth appears to be the ability to work with modern machinery as well as having an understanding of trade and a practical exposure to the industrial sector.
With the help of ChildFund donors, 41 youth (23 Females and 18 males) were recently able to obtain a vocational bursary, and one student was provided with a start-up kit to help start his own business.
This support will enable them to acquire life-skills to prepare them for the job market as well as entrepreneurial opportunities outside of school, once they have completed their studies.
This project has helped youth to undertake courses in information technology, tailoring and dress making, food technology, hairdressing and beauty therapy, among others.
Thank you ChildFund supporters for your help towards youth in Kenya!