Totally Youth

To reduce youth unemployment as part of poverty and crime reduction, and thereby bring economic release and peace of mind to parents and guardians. Totally Youth (TY) provides capacity building, mentoring, and counseling on career, business, gender, and lifestyle issues. TY teaches and provides youth with the space, tools, equipment and Internet access to facilitate practical, in-house internships, and business incubation in a safe environment until they get a job or start their own business.
May 26, 2015

URGENT APPEAL FOR SUPPORT

Recent Alumni Now Working as a Teacher
Recent Alumni Now Working as a Teacher

APPEAL FOR URGENT SUPPORT

We are sincerely grateful and appreciative for all the help we have received from our donors to date. We could not have helped Urica, Seth, Alice, Wisdom, etc, without your generous contributions. As an organization we are five years old now and have several of the facilities and amenities we need to run our programmes and projects. Your generous donations made all of this possible and made it feasible for us to meet our Mandate and keep our faith in our Vision. We can therefore say that even though the pace is slow, we are on course with our Mission, thanks to you.

Just as a car needs fuel to run, the allowances to participants for meals and transportation to and from our premises is the fuel that allows us to offer needed support to participants. This is because majority of the beneficiary groups that we serve are poor needy youth, who cannot afford the cost of daily transportation to and from Totally Youth to access all the free support that we have on offer. They are also unable to pay for the daily meals while on the premises. More often than not, we even have to waive the nominal registration fee they need to pay.

Without the support for allowances, we can only help a small number of participants at a time. The situation is so bad that we have had to stop advertising, since so many are not able to meet their transportation and meal costs to take advantage of the support we are offering to them free of charge. These two items are daily recurrent costs that we need urgent support for. We are therefore grateful for all our past donors and we will appreciate their return to support this programme. We are therefore appealing to all our readers and past donors to join our single anonymous donor. We trust that:

  1. Our recurrent donors will continue to support us until we become sustainable
  2. Our current donors will consider becoming recurrent donors for as little as US$10 or any amount of their choice
  3. All our donors will help us attract new recurrent and seasonal donors by sharing the plight of unemployed youth with them and giving them our website address
  4. That anybody reading our reports and project details will consider becoming a recurrent or seasonal donor

The number of graduates produced every year is now around 90,000. With only an estimated 10,000 getting into permanent employment, the situation keeps worsening every year. The figures of the unskilled and uneducated is even more staggering. Youth unemployment has directly led to rapid increases in poverty, depression, homelessness, fraud, rape, unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, drug/alcohol abuse, broken homes, violence, riots, etc, among the youth.

If our project succeeds, based on our concept of “Youth Creating Jobs For Youth”, we can together make a big dent in the unemployment figures. Youth businesses are bound to employ their peers.. Peer recruitments will therefore increase, especially at the community level. This is a formula guaranteed to succeed and you will be part of the success story. We are grateful for your support but we need your urgent support now. THANK YOU.

Stop Youth Poverty

May 26, 2015

We Need Your Support

Some of our Incubator-Alumni
Some of our Incubator-Alumni

We Need Your Support

Currently, our umbrella programme – Support 5000 Young Young Graduates to be Self-Employed, has only one donor – an anonymous recurrent donor, who has set up a standing order to donate on a fixed date every month to the programme. We are eternally grateful to this recurrent donor. Donations to this programme ensure as a minimum, the provision of allowances (transportation and meals), to participants.

Allowances to participants are the most critical items in all our programmes and projects. This is because majority of the beneficiary groups that we serve are poor and needy youth who cannot afford the cost of daily transportation to and from Totally Youth, to access all the support that we can offer. They are also unable to pay for the daily lunch while they are on the premises. Allowances may seem like "small" amounts but without them, we cannot use the "big" amounts to implement our programmes and projects. We have been unable help many candidates, due to this factor.

These two items are daily recurrent costs that we need urgent support for. We are therefore grateful to all our past donors and will appreciate their return to support this programme. We are appealing to all our readers and past donors to join our invaluable anonymous donor. We trust that:

  1. Our recurrent donor will continue to support us until we become self-reliant
  2. Our past donors will consider becoming recurrent donors for as little as US$10 or any amount of their choice
  3. All our donors and readers will help us attract new recurrent and seasonal donors by sharing the plight of needy unemployed youth with them and giving them our programme address on Globalgiving
  4. That anybody reading our reports and programme details will consider becoming a recurrent or seasonal donor.

The number of graduates produced every year is now around 90,000. With only an estimated 10,000 getting into permanent employment, the situation keeps worsening every year. If our programme succeeds, based on our concept of “Youth Creating Jobs For Youth”, we can make a big dent in the unemployment figures. Youth businesses are bound to employ more youth than adults. Peer recruitments will therefore increase, especially at the community level. This is a formula guaranteed to succeed and you will be part of the success story. We need your support. THANK YOU.

               Support Needy Unemployed Youth Into Self-Employment

May 22, 2015

Plight of a Kayayoo, her Mother & her Unborn Child

Kayayei Viewing Video on their Plight (MHC)
Kayayei Viewing Video on their Plight (MHC)

The Plight of a Kayayoo, her Mother and her Unborn Child

With the US$666 we were able to raise locally and globally through GlobalGiving, we began our search for qualified Kayayei in earnest. This meant going to the markets and some congregation points we were directed to. We also visited some websites and watched television shows to identify potential partners and collaborators. On one of such television shows, a pregnant Kayayoo, tells viewers that with the consent of her husband, her father sent her and her mother to Accra, to come and work as Kayayei and send remittance back home. She sleeps next to her mother on a pavement in front of a shop with several other Kayayei. She has no health insurance to cater for her and her unborn baby. She and her mother have suffered all manner of abuse and deprivation including hunger and some of their hard earned, meager belongings had been stolen. Sometimes their customers do not pay the agreed fees, once their goods are safe in booth of their car. This Kayayoo wanted to go to school, but she is being forced to work as a homeless Kayayoo so that her little brother can go to school. She is being exploited under inhuman conditions, so that her father and husband can have a better life back home.

This story moved us so much that we are making arrangements to get her on our project. She will be one of the five that we can support with the US$666 you so generously contributed to. We are embarking on several innovative ways to access donations to make up the full US$25,555 that we need to train and place the targeted 120 Kayayei.

We need all the support we can get to save at least our first 120 girls from sexual, physical and mental abuse, and from poverty. We cannot do it without your support

We have identified four girls and are making the necessary arrangements with a Kayayei Association we discovered during our feasibility study. They were selected based on our entry-level requirements, after interviewing 20 Kayayei from the Association. Three of them will be trained as Domestic Assistants, while the fourth will be in incubation in our Beauty Center. The pregnant Kayayoo in our story extract above, will be interviewed as soon as feasible. The five girls will go through their first-ever medical screening and we will register them under the National Health Insurance Scheme. They will move to Totally Youth and will have access to portable water, toilet and shower facilities, adequate shelter and three meals a day. Training will begin in the first week of June this year, 2015.

Unfortunately, the Kayayei phenomena is raising serious concerns because of rampant rapes and robberies, which occur because the Kayayei sleep in the open and most of them are too week to defend themselves. This is clearly attested to by the story below (www.modernghana.com:

It was a truly memorable event last night when several hundred street porters, popularly known as Kayayei gathered at Tema Lorry park in the centre of Accra to watch the MHC (Maternal Health Council), programme about their lives. The programme was also broadcast on GTV, Ghana’s leading TV station, sending shock waves across the nation and provoking public and media discussions. After the screening several women gave powerful testimonies highlighting their concerns and the urgent need to stop the increasing incidence of rape and robberies, better maternal health care and provision of social enterprise schemes to lift them out of extreme poverty and exploitation. The event was organized with Marie Stopes International, Kayayei Association and Ghana Information Services Directorate.

We believe that saving one Kayayoo is a legitimate humanitarian act. Since the Kayayei syndrome is a complicated problem to solve, it will take a whole lot of interventions to curb it. And the faster they kick in, the better. This goes for our project too.

If we could just close our eyes and imagine a daughter or a younger sister of age 10 -24, going through this horrendous experience of sexual, physical and mental abuse on a daily basis, we will not sleep a wink until we rescue her. Fortunately, the Kayayei are not ours, so all that we can do is to help them out of the kindness of our hearts, as you and many of our readers have been doing. A number of recurrent donations will go a long way to speed up the emergency relief for many Kayayei. We will therefore be grateful to any of our donors and readers who can take up the challenge to make monthly donations of:

                                       US$10| US$20 | US$25 | US$50 | US$75 | US$100 | or Your Choice

We also hope that we will continue to receive one-off and occasional donations from readers and our cherished donors and their networks. Our success is your success and together we can save many Kayayei from poverty and all its associated menace or hopefully, get rid of it altogether. In our next update, we will bring you clips from the interviews with the Kayayei.

We are forever grateful to all categories of donors and trust that more readers will join this support team. We thank you for what you have done already and trust that you will continue to support the vulnerable homeless Kayayei in their plight. THANK YOU.

                                                                        Save Kayayei From Poverty

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