SKILLS FOR LIFE KENYA (SLK) PROFILE: Skills for Life Kenya (SLK) was established in 2010. The organization is situated in Kilifi County in a small village of Barani in the outskirts of Mtwapa town. The organization is involved in various activities such as early childhood development, youth and women empowerment. SLK is a community based organization (CBO) registered under the ministry of gender, social services and youth affairs. The organization was formed in 2010 as a response to address the plea of children, youth and women facing various challenges in their life. Among the challenges were unemployment, education, lack of entrepreneurship skills, early marriages among girls and the pand... read more SKILLS FOR LIFE KENYA (SLK) PROFILE: Skills for Life Kenya (SLK) was established in 2010. The organization is situated in Kilifi County in a small village of Barani in the outskirts of Mtwapa town. The organization is involved in various activities such as early childhood development, youth and women empowerment. SLK is a community based organization (CBO) registered under the ministry of gender, social services and youth affairs. The organization was formed in 2010 as a response to address the plea of children, youth and women facing various challenges in their life. Among the challenges were unemployment, education, lack of entrepreneurship skills, early marriages among girls and the pandemic HIV/AIDS menace. SLK seeks to find sustainable solutions to these problems. MISSION: Providing essential early childhood development for young children and empowering youth and women through skills development and mentoring so as to create opportunities for sustainable secure livelihoods. VISION: Provide a quality early childhood education to children from the less fortunate members of the community to enable them achieve their potential. OBJECTIVES: To enable us achieve our vision, the centre will focus on the following objectives: Provision of early childhood development (ECD) Economically empower the community mainly youth & parents to enable them take good care of their children. OUR STRATEGY: Skills for Life Kenya (SLK) aims at promoting education for children and income opportunities for youth and women to enable them face challenges of the modern world. SKL addresses these issues through the following strategies: Community based approach Skills for Life Kenya intervention strategy promotes a strong community-based approach, whereby new & already existing self help groups active at community level are identified and strengthened to maximize their effectiveness and their sustainability. This involves working with other stakeholders and interest groups like local administration and opinion leaders in identifying and selecting the beneficiaries to be involved in the project. Capacity building. SLK organizes training for youth and women in self help groups in the areas of leadership & saving, business and loan management. The trainings focus on strengthening of the leadership and roles so as to facilitate participation of members in the groups. The business trainings impact the culture of self reliance and explore all the components of business i.e. planning, feasibility study, costing & pricing and marketing. The loan training seeks to define the meaning of a loan which in most cases is abused. During the training Procedures and tools for managing the loan scheme are developed. Technical support. SLK provides linkages for the target group to other service providers for specific technical skills. This ensures proper management of enterprises through acquisition of the right skills. These technical services are provided on demand. Linking with Micro Finance Institutions (MFI's). Collaborations with Microfinance Institutions are initiated to help individuals and self help groups access low interest loans for their members. This is specifically for the youth and women who will opt to start income generation activities will be linked to MFI's to help them access resources to expand their businesses PROJECTS: Education The education project focuses more on Early Childhood Development (ECD). Skills for Life Kenya (SLK) run a nursery school for children from unprivileged families. SKL believes that the foundation for education starts at an early age. The nursery school takes children from the age of 3 - 10 years old. Currently the school population is 100 with four classes from baby class, KG1, KG2 & KG3. The school is run by four volunteer teachers since the parents cannot afford to pay for their children school fees. Skills and vocational training As a response to curb an employment for youth, SKL runs a skills building programme through vocational training. This programme focuses on skills building for young people who either dropped out of school or did not get an opportunity to proceed for higher education due to lack of school fees. These jobless youth get sponsorship to acquire skills of their choice such us driving, carpentry, tailoring, catering, basketry, soap & detergent making. These skills help them enhance their chances of employability or help them start income generation. Economic empowerment The economic empowerment programme supports women and youth in creating opportunities for Income Generation Activities (IGA) and access to credit. This is done through Support for incoming activities start-up - for individuals and groups especially through the approach at the micro credit for young people and women organized in Self Help Groups for those members wishing to borrow money for start-up small businesses or services and/ or sustaining their projects for the communities. Community Education and Awareness This programme seeks to educate the community on matters affecting their day to day life. This involves education camps, health talks on HIV/AIDS, counseling and mentoring youth and women in business. Awareness on children rights and referral to other service providers like the hospital, Children Charitable institutions and even organizations offering support in training and socio-economic activities on child protections issues. Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Project: The OVC project supports 20 children. Mainly the children are supported thorough education at our center. They are supported through payment of fees, books and uniform. Also working with caregivers to make sure the children live a reasonable life in their homes. Plans are under way to introduce income generation activities (IGA) for the caregivers to enable them support the children once we have funds. Skills Training: Skills for life offers short courses/vocational in food processing (jam, marmalade, chutney, pickles) Solar drying (mangoes, pineapples, tomatoes), herbal cosmetics (soap, hand & body creams, detergent, hair shampoo), organic farming & bee keeping and entrepreneurship development. These short courses are tailored to equip participants with practical skills that can be turned into business. No prior knowledge is required; however those who are interested in upgrading their skills in these fields are welcome. HOW WE OPERATE SLK Management structure. The Organisation is run by a governing council (GC) that oversees the progress of the organisation and giving direction on matters of policy, the management committee (MC) oversee the implementation of projects and fundraising and a secretariat that is responsible on the day to day running of the organisation. The secretariat is led by the Project Coordinator/CEO, a Programmes Officer, Field officers and support staff. CONTACTS: Skills for Life Kenya (SLK) P.O. BOX 241 - 80109 Mtwapa, Kenya Tel: +254 727 912378/710202839. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.skills4lifekenya.org
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