Our charity serves impoverished, at-risk youth from 3 slum communities, including many single mothers. Youth lack education, job skills and hope. Earlier this year, we rebuilt our facility in stone to replace our original, unsafe iron sheeting walls. We have a secure new centre with two new toilet stalls. But we still need to raise funds to wire the building so we can hook up our computers and offering computer skills training to youth.
The project will provide the funds required for materials and electrician services in order to run electricity through our new centre. With electricity, we can hook up 5 computers that SYSC owns and begin to offer computer skills training to youth. Basic computer skills will help youth be more employable and/or to run their own businesses successfully, as so many of those who graduate from our other job skills training programs (e.g, tailoring) go into business for themselves.
Through skills training and assistance in finding employment or starting a business, this project will empower participants - particularly, youth and women - helping to break the cycle of poverty in a sustainable way. Self-reliant individuals will be able to support their extended families and contribute to building the community. Over time, associated problems like drug abuse and prostitution will fall, as will HIV/AIDS rates as participants share information with their families.