Provide Job Skills to Kenyan Slum Youth

 
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Mar 3, 2014

Jambo from your friends at SYSC in Kenya

Hello to our friends and supporters,
Here we are at the start of March. It is a lovely day in Nyeri town, sunny with a high of 28 degrees celcius. We hope that you have had a good new year thus far.

This is just a short report to let you know that we have continued to be busy making improvements to our youth drop-in and training centre, built last year through your support.  Our top priority has been wiring the facility with electricity, and expect that Kenya Power Company will install the power line transfer within the next couple of weeks.  

We've also been installing furniture and our newly serviced computers in the computer lab.  This means that we are almost ready to begin offering the youth we serve with computer training again.  Computer training is not a ready opportunity for the youth from this slum community, who often do not complete school and are busy day to day making ends meet.  However, we recognize that even basic computer proficiency can signficantly improve their employability.

We are also continuing to ramp up for the arrival of university student volunteers from North Carolina, U.S.A. in May.  These young women and men are coming to set up a music training program.  Youth here are so excited have access to the arts, and our board is thrilled because of all the documented benefits that access to the arts brings, including increased sense of self-worth and a creative outlet to keep youth away from the negative trappings of streetlife (drugs, prostitution). 

We are also installing a fence around the compound to reduce our vunerability to theft and planting trees and flowers to help with erosion before the rain starts.

Lastly, we're pleased to welcome new volunteers through the UN's Online Volunteers network to our team. Edel from Kenya and Zenith from Singapore are helping us to develop grant applications and seek organizational funders for our job skills training programs.  If any of you ever wish to volunteer with or visit SYSC, we would be thrilled - hit reply and send us a note anytime!

With ongoing thanks for your support and interest in helping our youth to help themselves change their lives for the better,

Joe

 

Joe Mwai

Chair of the Board

SYSC

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