Shauri Yako Community Youth Support Centre (SYSC)

Vision: To empower disadvantaged and marginalized slum youth, women and at-risk families in a sustainable way. Mission: To improve the quality of life for people living in extreme poverty in Nyeri district, Kenya's biggest slum, through social and economic development programs and community services, with a special focus on children, youth and poor women.
Dec 30, 2016

JUST 3 DAYS LEFT TO HELP IMPOVERISHED YOUTH

Training to make shoes at Nyeri market
Training to make shoes at Nyeri market

YEAR END REPORT FROM SHAURI YAKO YOUTH SUPPORT CENTRE (SYSC)

December 2016

Nyeri, Kenya

Dear Friends,

As we come to the end year 2016, we are grateful for all the support we received from our Global Giving donors. Your support enabled Shauri Yako Community Youth Support Centre to continue providing skills training for our underprivileged youth. Because of you, we were able to support a youth theatre group with a membership of 16 people and to provide computer skills training. We are proud that the theatre group started performing for pay this Christmas season, and is also performing to provide health and civic education. These opportunities we give to Shauri Yako youth are only possible with your generous donations.

And it’s not too late to make a difference. There is still time to contribute in 2016. Your donation will have its impact multiplied by giving us the chance to compete for bonus prizes in GlobalGiving’s Year-End Campaign. And, if you set up a new recurring donation, your first contribution will be matched 200%!

 

Thank you for training me how to use a computer

I am 48 year of age; I learned how to use a computer and how to operate an email account here at SYSC. Today, many Kenya government services are offered online, and most people in Shauri Yako community are not computer literate, but can learn and access the free computer services at Shauri Yako Centre. The centre offers opportunities for free training, education programs for our children and a place for youth to escape from the slums. Thank you for supporting our community.

-Jane Mumbi-

Reproductive health education

I am 19 years old and unemployed single mother of two children. I didn’t have knowledge of reproductive health until I attended SYSC Reproductive Health Program here early this year. I am now able to take care of myself, but many youth here are ignorant. There is a huge need for RHE in our community. Girls from 14 years who live in Shauri Yako, Manjengo and Kiawara slums are always at risk. Our custom doesn’t allow parents to teach their children about reproductive health, as a result we make many mistakes that have painful consequences. SYSC project was very helpful.

-Ngendo Muburi- 

I am grateful for giving me job skills

Six month ago I was looking for a place to hangout after a job search and somebody to talk to when I dropped by Shauri Yako Centre. The program coordinator introduced me to the scout and theatre group, and I chose to get involved with theatre group. Today I am a member of that theatre group and I have discovered that I have talent.  I want to pursue further training and study in theatre and acting.

-Maureen Wanja-

Looking Forward:

We look to 2017 with optimism. We have a new group of volunteers helping us with grant writing, and a strategic plan to focus on high demand skills training in metal work, welding, masonry and leather goods production. According to Kenya’s National Housing Corporation, Kenya is experiencing such a shortage of skilled construction industry workers that workers may have to be imported. SYSC is seeking partners to help us seize the opportunity to train the many unemployed youth in our community to help meet this demand.

Thank you again for supporting our work. If you can, PLEASE DONATE TODAY. All donations made by US donors are tax-deductible – so please give by 23:59:59 EST on December 31.

Bless you you abundantly. Look forward to working with you in the New Year.

 

Joe Mwai

Shauri Yako Community Youth Support Centre

youth theatre troupe
youth theatre troupe
Oct 5, 2016

Some of the new things happening at SYSC

Group Dance
Group Dance

Dear Friends,

For the past four years, the Shauri Yako Community Youth Support Centre's strategy for providing job skills to youth has been to provide training that can help one create self-employment. We are now seeing that the strategy is effective: 54% of youth who have received training here are in self-employment, and others are directly employed.

Theatre and music – self-employment initiative
In the last 20 years, theatre has become a popular form of entertainment and also a useful format for delivering health, civil, and development education. This July, we began a program to give youth here a creative outlet and begin identifying and developing skills in youth with theatre talents. Our new theatre group has been training and practicing with the help of a volunteer teacher and has been able to perform twice in community events and at the Nyeri town hall. The group now has 32 members and will ready for to perform for pay by December. We will develop a proposal to raise $3,200 to buy equipment, 2 speakers, 1 amplifier and 2 microphoes to allow this growth and will be grateful for any support you can provide.

Beads works – self-employment initiative
A youth-organized beads work training was started in September.  The purpose is also to teach youth a skill suitable for a small business through the craft of beadwork. The program will train 12 youth, including offering entrepreneurship training on how to access the market. SYSC is providing space, a volunteer trainer for a period of 3 month and the equipment.

Fundraising remains our top priority so that we can continue to develop and deliver programs that help youth find a sustainable path out of poverty. Urban farming and brickmaking skillls are our top priorty projects and we are always seeking volunteers who can help us fundraise in support of our skills training programs. 

Many thanks for your continuous support.

Joe 

Jewelry and tailoring exhibition
Jewelry and tailoring exhibition
Theatre Training
Theatre Training
Jul 5, 2016

How Your Help Matters

Dear Friends,

I wanted to send a quick update from Nyeri town, Kenya, to say hello and thank you once again for your ongoing support of the Shauri Yako Community Youth Support Centre. It helps us to keep the doors of our centre open to the impoverished youth who reside in Shauri Yako, Manjengo and Kiawara slums. As a small community organization, the funding you provide through Global Giving is critical in helping us to run programs to give these youth a chance at a better future - and we are so grateful to you.

What’s New Around Here?

We are happy to report a new Health Promotion partnership we have formed with Family Health Options (FHO). FHO is now delivering health and reproductive health education to local youth, using SYSC’s facility as a satellite centre. The essential information being provided is building on the reproductive health project that our Global Giving supporters helped us deliver last year.

SYSC’s Scouts group has also begun a new urban farming training program for local youth and their families. The aim of the initiative is to improve food security within our community, where healthy food options can be very hard to come by.

We are also finishing planning on a Masonry and Brickmaking training project proposal. Training local youth in masonry would provide them with job skills in a high demand field. Kenya is experiencing an acute shortage of skilled tradespersons that is impacting the productivity of the construction industry. We have partnered with two local development companies to arrange internships once students complete classroom training. Our next step is finding partners to help us launch this new program. If you have ideas or would like to get involved, please just reply to this email. We’d love to hear from you.

Lastly, we are always happy to report that our junior football team continues, which provides local youth an outlet and chance be a part of a team.

Once again, we are so thankful for your continuing support. We will include some photos with our next report.

My warmest wishes to you.

Joe Mwai

Chair of the Board

 

 
   

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