Kiambu Youth Rehabilitation Progress Report:
Drug abuse and alcoholism is one of the greatest menaces within Kiambu County due to lack of employment amongst the youths. In this case, youths and children find themselves at the receiving end because many of the tasks are left unattended especially in raising the children and catering for other family needs. All this becomes a burden to youths which then motivated Hand in Hand Eastern Africa to mobilizing youths to form a formidable force that will be used to leverage their economic and social wellbeing.
Hand in Hand EA has partnered with Genesis Rehabilitation Centers (private) to help in providing solution of unemployment by training entrepreneurship programs to rehabilitated youths. So far 15 youths in Kiambu County, Githunguri Sub-county and Kiairia sub location, approximately 18 Km from Nairobi City have been trained on life skills, savings mobilization and enterprise development.
For instance, the following partnerships have been formed to help reach out to the youth under rehabilitation programs as part of preparation for the HIH EA entreprise development training:
- Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) has trained the youth on basics of ICT i.e. online marketing and web development.
- In partnership with the Githogoro slum community leaders and BEULAH PCEA Church, we are mobilizing and preparing 15 more youths for training scheduled for the month of February.
The project will definitely ensure that youths engage in entrepreneurial activities that will leverage their livelihoods hence improving their income levels.
The Government Agencies, e.g. ministry of youth are very supportive to the project and also National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) is helping many youths to realize the danger of second generation alcohol which has already ruined many lives of the youths in the county.
The project is still ongoing and we take this early opportunity to appreciate everyone who has supported HiH EA in any way. Let us uplift our youth together!
NB: This being a special project, we are currently not allowed to take any photos of the rehabilitation centers or the beneficiaries as it may be interpreted wrongly, thus hurting them.