The number of "street youth" has increased above 3,000 in Eldoret. Street youth are difficult to support at formal schools due to transience and stigma. Tumaini Innovation Center center equips the youth with skills and opportunities by offering student-centered, problem-solving, technical and vocational education to abandon street life and enter the workforce. Tumaini aims to build a dormitory for housing, rehabilitating, and educating 100 more street youth, in addition to the current 25.
Kenya is facing a crisis of a ballooning number of street youth. UNICEF estimates around 300,000. They face multiple levels of hardship: educational, socioemotional, and physical/psychological, PTSD, etc. Tumaini started as a drop-in center and converted as a focussed innovation center to enable the youth with skills to enter the workforce. Currently, the center serves its maximum capacity of 25 youth. Therefore, the center is challenged with the infrastructure to serve more youth.
Tumaini aims to scale its capacity to 100 more youth and enable them with technical and vocational skills to enter into the technician and artisans deprived Kenyan workforce. Tumaini currently has a vocational school built with four labs/classrooms. This project will address the immediate need for dormitory facilities to host the 100 youth (including both boys and girls) who can benefit from education.
This project will result in hosting and educating around 500 street youth in five years, thereby reducing the number of youth in the streets, and providing 500 direct beneficiaries with a livelihood. We estimate the direct beneficiaries will impact and motivate 1000-2000 indirect beneficiaries. The dorm will also implement best practices in green energy, allowing students to learn on their own space, providing input on solar panel installation and monitoring, aligned with our curricula.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).
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