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.
Feb 20, 2015

SAVE A HOMELESS GIRL TODAY - MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Clip from the Daily Graphic News Paper
Clip from the Daily Graphic News Paper

Thanks to our GlobalGiving donors, we will be able to start the “Save Kayayei (Homeless) Girls From Poverty” project in March 2015. We appreciate your generosity and we will be very grateful if you could consider becoming a Recurrent Donor or an Ambassador for the Kayayei.

Putting everything together has been hectic and sad. On a daily basis we hear horror stories on the plight of the Kayayei. The latest was in the Daily Graphic – the most popular Ghanaian newspaper (scanned into MSWord and attached). Too many Kayayei are being raped, robbed, beaten and deceived on a daily basis and yet more of them are arriving in Accra. Within this context, we have to start the project even though we were able to raise only US$333 out of the US$25,550 needed to start and sustain the project. We believe that saving one girl is better than waiting until we can save 15 at a go. 

Within the above, we can train only a maximum of five Kayayei in our first batch. This implies reducing certain recurrent items to the barest minimum to ensure that we can at least take a few girls out of their unsafe environment and give them adequate protection. We will make all the necessary personal sacrifices as usual, to ensure that these five complete their training successfully and go into gainful employment.

To help make the project successful, we have initiated talks with another NGO, which is willing to assist with the placement of the alumni. This placement of the girls is a major driving force for the sustainability of the project. Once the girls are placed at a fee to the company or household, the money will go back into the subsequent budget to bring on board more girls. So we are doing everything to secure this partnership.

 We truly need all the help we can get, so we can remove as many girls as possible, from harms way. We need a few alumni as “been there, done that” Ambassadors, to go to the markets and back home to dialogue with their peers and families, and help stem the flow of girls into the dangerous life of a Kayayo. The faster we can train more girls, the faster we can stop this vicious cycle of rape, poverty, physical and mental abuse of Kayayei. With adequate numbers of Ambassadors, we can shift our focus on stopping this deadly exodus into dangerous market places in Accra and other big cities.

We cannot do this alone. We can only achieve it with your help. Please consider becoming a Recurrent Donor and encourage others to follow suit. We are grateful for your donations but the journey has only just began at:

www.globalgiving.org/projects/save-kayayei-homeless-girls-from-poverty. Help one homeless girl today.

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS


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Feb 4, 2015

YOUTH POVERTY HAS IMPACT ON ALL OF US

Our struggle is still on to help as many unemployed youth as possible. This is because of our strong belief that if you support one youth to set up a business, you will be helping a whole lot of unemployed youth in the end. We also know for a fact that providing gainful jobs to unemployed youth reduces the incidence of social vices and crime. We are therefore grateful to all our donors, especially the recurrent ones, for supporting us to implement this project.

To date we have received US$450 out of the US$51,770 needed to start and sustain the project. We were however able to forge ahead, through the funds raised for the individual micro-projects under this project. Feedback indicates that the alumni are all doing well in their chosen businesses.

To keep the project going, we have included a new support modality called “business facilitation” where we take on board a category of participants who can pay a fixed minimal amount for the TY facilities they use (based on ability to pay). They get everything else free. This helps to continue taking on needy participants who cannot pay registration and enrolment fees as well as those who can only pay these nominal fees through scheduled payments. With the funds raised to date and what TY has on hand, the project is doing all it can not to turn away needy applicants.

Under this business facilitation modality, we now have on board a two-man business team, which organizes writers’ workshops and reading clubs, for young and upcoming writers. This is ongoing and they have employed 3 youth. We also have three young individuals coming together to start a restaurant. They will start by mid February 2015 and they will employ 6 youth. The two start-up businesses are thereby providing jobs for 13 unemployed youth. This supports our concept of Youth Creating Jobs For Youth. So with the support of our donors we have confirmed the veracity of the concept.

The sustainability of the project however depends on timely and regular donations in view of the fact that the budgeted purchasing power depreciates with time. We will therefore be grateful indeed, if:

  1. Our recurrent donors continue to support us until we become sustainable (1 - 2 years)
  2. Our current donors could consider becoming recurrent donors
  3. All our donors could help us attract new recurrent and seasonal donors
  4. Readers of our reports and project details could consider becoming recurrent or seasonal donors 

Any of the above scenario will guarantee the sustainability of the project within 1 - 2 years, based on the amounts and timing. We are grateful for all the help we have received and look forward to those to come. Please spread the news.          STOP YOUTH POVERTY        THANK YOU

Feb 4, 2015

BUSINESS FACILITATION KEEPS PROJECT ALIVE

We continue to fight with all we have to continue helping as many unemployed youth as possible. This is because of our strong belief that if you support one youth to set up a business, you will be helping a whole lot of unemployed youth to gain jobs. We also know for a fact that providing gainful jobs to unemployed youth reduces the incidence of social vices and crime. We are therefore grateful to all our donors, especially the recurrent ones, for supporting us to implement this project.

To date we have received US$7,770 out of the US$100,000 needed to start and sustain the project. We have however been able to forge ahead, through the funds raised for new projects as well as micro-projects under this project. Feedback indicates that our alumni are all doing well on their own now. We are still in touch with many of them. 

To keep the project going, we have included a new support modality called “Business Facilitation” where we take on board a category of participants who can pay a fixed minimal amount for the TY facilities they use (based on ability to pay). They get everything else free. This helps to continue to take on needy participants who cannot pay registration and enrolment fees as well as those who can only pay these nominal fees through scheduled payments. But we still have to waive payment of these nominal fees for others. Together with the funds raised and what TY has on hand, the project is doing all it can not to turn away needy applicants.

Under this business facilitation modality, we now have on board a two-man business team, which organizes writers’ workshops for young and upcoming youth. This is ongoing and they have employed 3 youth. We also have three young individuals coming together to start a restaurant. They will start in mid February 2015 and they will employ 6 youth. These two start-up businesses alone are thereby providing jobs for 13 unemployed youth. This supports our concept of Youth Creating Jobs For Youth. So with the support of our donors we have confirmed the veracity of the concept.

We have many alumni now doing well in their own businesses or as employees in reputable companies. Recently, one of our alumni – Emma, has become a recurrent donor. And of course there is Felix, who has now set up his own fashion business in the US and has employed some youth. So you see, this project is even having an impact on unemployment in the US. We wish to say a perpertual THANK YOU to our Recurrent Donors for staying with us through thick and thin. We are grateful.

The sustainability of the project however depends on timely and regular donations in view of the fact that budgeted purchasing power depreciates with time. We will therefore be grateful indeed, if:

  1. Our recurrent donors continue to support us until we become sustainable
  2. Our current donors could consider becoming recurrent donors
  3. All our donors could help us attract new recurrent and seasonal donors
  4. That anybody reading our reports and project details could consider becoming a recurrent or seasonal donor

We are grateful for all the help we have received and look forward to those to come. We are young or were young once. We know how it feels. Help one unemployed graduate today. Please spread the news.

THANK YOU

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