Donation Options

Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya



RAFIKI YA MAISHA plans to build 8 workshops in Chepkanga, North-Western Kenya, in order to equip unschooled teens with professional skills. The new structure will be built with homemade bricks. The training of the youth, especially girls, aims to achieve empowerment and self-reliance.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In rural Kenya, 74% of the teenagers and young adults are unable to move beyond available free primary education. These 'lost' teens or 'dropouts' typically turn to risky behaviors: early pregnancies for girls, addictions for boys. Towns become ghettoized and rural areas loose their youth. Offering this lost youth a technical education closer to home aims to break the cycle of poverty on site, right where it is needed. Families in a 50km radius around Chepkanga will benefit directly.

How will this project solve this problem?

The village elders are mobilizing to build a sustainable Polytechnic school with a degree program. It will offer a variety of courses with workshops, a library, a theater, classrooms and boarding facilities. Computers have been introduced in the village through the school. The graduates can start their own businesses or develop a career. This way the entire community will lift itself out of subsistence living.

Potential Long Term Impact

The education of 200 teens and young adults per year in a landmark school will enable them to provide for their families at large and improve the community.This will also contribute to decreasing strife and conflict; the youth bulge in Kenya combined with the recent 2008 post-electoral violence makes technical training a priority for peaceful living.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $22,755
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $46,245
Total Funding Goal: $69,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Donate by US Mobile Phone

Text GIVE 7766 to 80088 to donate $10 to Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya. Message and data rates may apply. Only works for US mobile phones.
TXT MSG from our lawyers: Note that your $10 donation will be made to the GlobalGiving Foundation-Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya project. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by the account holder. You must reply YES to the confirmation message. You must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Text STOP to 80088 to stop all communication. Text HELP to 80088 for help. Message and data rates may apply. Full Terms: Privacy Policy:
An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Project Leader

Where is this project located?

Map of Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Great; we do too!
Enter your email address to receive updates from this project and from GlobalGiving
We respect your privacy.