Our objective of providing vocational skills training to the at-risk youth of the community we serve continues to be a big priority for the Shauri Yako Community Youth Support Centre. Our experience has shown big returns on investment when youth are empowered with skills that help them find jobs. As they become self-reliant, they give back to the community, reducing poverty in a sustainable way.
We plan to continue to run this project in phases as funds are raised to support program costs like the salary of vocational skills trainers. Through your support, Phase 1 provided 6 months of tailoring training, entrepreneurship counseling and HIV/AIDs awareness to 8 girls between July and December 2011. Most graduates are now pursuing self-employment and are opening shops, often from their homes, selling local necessities such as dresses, bedcovers and school uniforms, as well as recycled material shopping bags. We are assisting these graduates in finding access to micro-credit to help them get their business operations off the ground.
When enough funds are raised to kick off a second phase of the project, we plan to continue to with tailoring training targeting girls. Young women in our community are the most vulnerable and most are single mothers. Empowering them also helps their children and families by extension. Nine girls are now waiting to participate in phase 2 when sufficient funds ($5000) are raised to proceed.
While we continue to fundraise through Global Giving, we are also actively pursuing grants and awards that support small, grassroots sustainable development projects like ours so we can kick start the next phase of training.
We say many thanks go to all who have contributed to this project. Together we are making a difference.
Chairman: Joe Mwai
Secretary: Anthony M. Mucheru
Shauri Yako community Youth Support Centre
P.O. BOX 87, Nyeri Kenya