Most children and youth living in rural western Kenya will not receive an education beyond the 8th grade, because they cannot afford to continue their education and many will not have the academic qualifications to attend high school. As a result, many youth are unable to get jobs to support themselves and help their families because they do not have technical skills and so they continue to live in extreme poverty. Hundreds of youth from the community will benefit from the trade school.
A trade school will give youth from the community the opportunity to learn valuable trades such as carpentry, masonry, welding, sewing, tailoring, dressmaking, leatherwork, beadmaking, cooking, hairdressing and agriculture, giving them skills that will allow them to get jobs and become productive, self-sustaining members of society.
The trade school will allow these youth to get jobs and be able to support themselves and their families, creating a chain reaction that will improve the economic situation for many individuals and families, thus building the local economy and allowing other children and young adults to continue their education by learning trades. Many hundreds of children and youth would benefit directly from the chance to learn a trade, giving them hope to break the cycle of poverty they were born into.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre