With the $13,146 you have helped us to raise since joining Global Giving, we have been able to provide job skills training for 82 youth in computers, tailoring and entrepreneurships. We've supported the completion of Global Giving micro-projects like building a new program centre that gives our youth a reprieve from the streets, and installing sanitary toilets for a community accustomed to sharing pit latrine amongst up to 30 people. We assisted those trainees interested in starting small business/self-employment with access to micro-credit loans from Uwezo Fund. 65% of those trained are directly employed and others are in self-employment. And every program participant has received HIV/AIDS education, testing and counseling.
However, we are still striving to raise the remaining $9,560 of our target, so we can train 160 more youth. We aim to purchase equipment and run a six month welding/metal fabrication skills training course. According to 2015 government report, Kenya's 47 counties are facing an acute shortage of qualified construction sector trades people, like electricians, masons, plumbers and welders. Labour cost have climbed to 25% of total building costs, according to the Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya. To achieve the development goals in Vision 2030, Kenya will need to train 250,000 trade persons. In the meantime, we will use our small computer lab to deliver computer training, offering youth a highly employable skill.
Are you able to make a donation? With enough support, we will buy welding and metal fabrication machines and hire a trainer. Do you have access to old computers that would allow us to train dozens of new youth? Could you spare some time? SYSC relies heavily on volunteers to sustain its programs. There are many ways you can volunteer with us. We would welcome you as a skills trainer at our centre, in the areas of computers, music, fine arts, etc. We could also really use your help as a grant writer, advisor and fundraiser from where you live. We also value Friends of Shauri Yako, a group of people who are able to promote the work of SYSC through their networks, raising awareness and support for our work.
Lastly, we're pleased to let you know we will be partnering with Nyeri Micro Enterprises (Jua Kali) to start Youth Training Placements Pilot Project in 2016. This is an innovative pilot project that will place 12 youth for 3 months to gain training in shoe making and metal fabrication. With the goal of enabling self-employment, they will gain hands-on training in entrepreneurship, including how to sell the products they make. SYSC needs to raise $2,310 to contribute tools and 2 grinding machines for trainees, work wear and support allowance. We are excited about the new opportunities and possibilities this partnership will create.
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With thanks to you and your families for your generosity.
Dear friends and supporters,
Today Global Giving is matching a portion of every donation made to our projects. Shauri Yako Community Youth Support Cente is trying to raise $3000 to provide free family planning services, reproductive health information and condoms to youth living in the Shauri Yako and Manjengo slums for six months. Can we ask for your support or your help getting the word out? As a small charity funded entirely by individual supporters, we want more people to find out about our project.
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Can you help or spread the word? Youth in the slums of Shauri Yako and Manajengo, Kenya are experiencing significant, growing rates of unplanned teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The HIV/AIDS rate is on the rise in youth 14 to 20. Significant problems like sexual abuse, prostitution as a means to earn an income are not uncommon and human trafficking is a reality. Yet there are no health service providers in Shauri Yako right now, and no health focused government or international aid support to our community.
With your help, local charity SYSC will introduce critical reproductive health care services for youth in these slums.
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Small community charity in Kenya needs your help to deliver reproductive health education to you. Teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDs rates rising.
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With the $3000 in support that we are raising, SYSC will:
SYSC has made arrangements to partner with the Family Health Options Centre in Nyeri town, and will second an individual for the project’s six-month duration as a Health Educator. This individual will be responsible for:
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Thank you so much for your help.
Chair of the Board
We hope our friends around the world are well. For this report we thought we'd tell you a little about some of the good things happening here, as well as some of our challenges.
It has been very busy season for SYSC Scout group, which has organized a successful monthly leadership and First Aid training camps, along with a community clean up. After a fire disaster struck our slum community in January, group members helped to rebuild burned houses and began working with Nyeri County Social Services on a community security, safety and fire disaster awareness campaign from May 2015. In February, the scouts also organized a three days annual Scout Jamboree at Kabirui-ini Camp.
SYSC Junior Soccer Team:
We are happy to report that a Junior Soccer Team was revived in January 2015 for youth 14 to 17 years of age. The team has 34 registered members and a coach, and is practicing on Saturday and Sundays. We plan to have the team ready for Nyeri County Junior Leage by June 2015. The aim is to train youth in soccer skills and also to keep them enganged so that they can stay away from other harmful activities.
The computer basic skills training you helped to support has become essential in the community. While we have focused on youth, adults from our community are also approaching us to learn computer skills so they can participate in the many online services now offered by goverment and other agencies. To continue to deliver our program and expand in response to community demand, we urgently need to replace our equipment as 4 of our 7 computers are beyond repair. We are seeking partners who are able to support us with refurbished hardware and software. Have any connections or ideas? We'd love to hear from you!
Youth Health Counselling – Sexual and Reproductive Health Education
There is enormous need for sexual and reproductive health education for kids who live in Shauri Yako and Manjengo slums. SYSC uses every opportunity to provide youth with health education, taking advantage of scouts and sports activities gatherings, but its not enough. Resources for a fulltime program are critical to address this need. SYSC has developed a proposal for Adolecent Sexual and Reproductive Health Education and are looking for partners in health sector.
The youth have created temporay gym space in one of the SYSC’s hall, and exercise activities are held every day using homemade equipments. Its an innovative way for youth to keep fit, stay healthy and it also provides opportunity for young people to discuss issues of health that affect them.
Thank you once again for your ongoing support to our work to help slum youth have a greater chance for better future.
Chair of the Board
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