Sep 17, 2018

How you helped displaced kids this quarter

Dear Friends,

Thank you for continuing to support us. SYSC's mission is to give underprivileged young people from Nyeri County opportunities for social and economic development through education and skills training. We hope that this report, which outlines SYSC activities for the third quarter of 2018, shows us how you we are doing that with your help.
Programs update:
Skills training - Construction industry skills:
The 8 trainees for the 6-month construction skills training program, which is provided as a public-private sector partnership provided by SYSC in collaboration with Derisco Kenya Ltd and Options for Homes Kenya, have finished their training in August 14, 2018. These young people - 4 masons and 4 plumbers - are now job-ready and we have secured employment for 5 of them with Options for homes, Kenya! We are grateful that, because of your help, we are able to create opportunities for more people. You have enabled these people and their families to have a sustainable livelihood.
Training for Trainers in Reproductive Health and Family Planning:
SYSC, in collaboration with Family Health Options, Nyeri Branch, held a 3 day Reproductive Health and Family Planning training for trainers in July 9 to 12, 2018. The training participant were from all Nyeri sub-counties. The training was very successful, and since reproductive health education is a huge need in the communities we serve, we are looking for sponsors to enable us to do it twice a year.
Informal school:
The numbers of our informal school students are growing every month.  We now have 36 students and offer free tutoring classes for level 5 to 8 three days a week. Your donation has enabled us to hire one full time teacher, who is supported by two volunteers. The school provides education opportunities for children of displace families and refugees who are not able to go formal schools. In August 2018, we received a donation of level 5 and 6 text books from Friends of SYSC and the Mwai family. If you or somebody you know would like to support our informal school initiative, we'd be thrilled.  Please contact Joe at
Scouts program:
Scout camping in August 2018 was a success, creating opportunity for slum children to experience nature.  We would like to organize another one in December 2018, so are looking for camping equipment donations, including tents. The SYSC chair has provided a camping site in his Mathira, Itundu farm. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Kenya Scout Association, Nyeri for
continued support to support SYSC Scout Rovers.
Please tell your friends and families about our projects. You can share the link on your blog or social networks. Together we will make a difference. We will keep you informed or our work and activities. 
We are so grateful: your continued support means a lot to our centre. Thank you again for your continued kindness to the future of our youth.
Youth Camp with Scouts
Youth Camp with Scouts
Jun 18, 2018

We've been trying new things - and they're working

Dear Friends,

As we come to the end of the second quarter of 2018, we feel grateful for your support. It’s important to us that you know that your helps keeps SYSC open. We are constantly thinking of how to keep the programs going, but knowing that you are with us gives us hope and motivates us onward. And so we want to update you on things we're trying and the results we're seeing.  


In the last two years, we've seen a huge skilled labour shortage in the construction sector that continues today.  We've discovered that collaboration with the private sector to train youth as masons and plumbers is a really effective way to help youth gain access to entry level construction jobs.  This is a perfect partnership, as our corporate partners need skilled labourers and we avoid the costs of funding training entirely ourselves. We've now partnered with two real estate development companies, Derisco Kenya LTD and Options for Homes Kenya on successful pilot projects and are in discussion with two other companies. We are now supporting 8 more youth through 6-month training who will be ready for certification exams in August.  Our partners are covering the cost of training and worker's compensation, and SYSC is funding trainees' living expenses and arranging trade certification exams.  


In the year since we began SYSC's informal school, we've seen the just how significant a role the school plays in the community. Between July and December of last year, we saw a huge numbers of families moving in Shauri Yako community to escape political violence in other counties.  They arrived with school-aged children, who had no school to go to, and so our informal school welcomed 28 newcomer’s children, giving them refuge, community and cost-free basic education.  With your support, we are able to pay one fulltime teacher Mary Wanjiru and help to pay an honorarium to cover the transporation costs of the two volunteers that we were able to recruit to support the school.  


In April 2018, our Scouts organized a camping adventure, creating a chance for slum youth to experience the outdoors and natures.  We now want to organize an excursion for every school holiday, so are looking for camping equipment donations, like tents.  We're now planning one for the month of December 2018 on our Board Chair's Mathira, Itundu farm. We're grateful for the support of the Kenya Scout Association Nyeri for continued support to our SYSC Scout Rovers who, in turn, provide continued support to our community and its environment.

Please know that your continued support means a lot to our centre. Thank you again for your continued care for the future of our youth.

Yours sincerely,


Joe Mwai


Mar 20, 2018

An Update from Shauri Yako Youth Support Centre

Hi Everyone,

As another quarter comes to pass, here's a quick update from the informal settlements in Nyeri Town, Kenya.  We operate thanks to your support, so want to take a moment to let you know how your help matters here on the ground.

What's New:

  • In October 2017, we started the SYSC Informal School initiative. A lot of children in these slums are squeezed out of formal education system, and we want to fill that gap.  The program operates three days a week and provides free elementary school curriculum. SYSC has hired one teacher and is supported by one volunteer teacher.
  • The political tension surrounding the general election has subsided and the opposition and the governing parties have agreed to dialogue and work together to heal the country.This should help the economy recover and make it easier to secure funding and partnership for our programs.

On-going Program Highlights:

  • Masonry: Right now 8 youth are receiving 6-month masonry skills training, thanks to you and our partnership with Options for Homes Kenya. Masonry skills remain in serious demand here.
  • Reproductive Health: Over the last quarter we've been continuing to provide reproductive health education in collaboration with Family Health Options, Nyeri, to empower youth to look after their wellbeing.
  • Scouts: We recruited and trained 22 youth as scouts, providing leadership and life skills. 10 youth from our scouts program secured jobs in the armed forces.

Our Strategic Prioritites

  • Job skills training and reproductive health education will remaining our focus areas for the next 5 years. 
  • We continue to look for ways to diversify our funding to so that we can keep our programs going. SYSC relies on volunteer human resources to deliver our programs so that we can maximize the impact of the funds you give to support our programming. 

As always, we'd be thrilled for your support as a volunteer or if you have a little extra you can give toward of programming for youth.

Thank you again for your continued kindness to the future of our youth.

Truly yours,

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