Over 1 million jobs were lost in Kenya during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. 60% of the jobs lost affected youth between the ages of 18-35 years. Youth living in informal settlement like Kibera slum and mostly depend on casual and domestic jobs found themeselves in a very difficult place. Some of them turned to drugs, crime and violence to meet their needs and those of their families. Some were affected mentally.
We launched a project to support youth who have been affected by the pandemic to get access to employment by either launching their businesses, reving affected businesses or securing sustainble employment. The project targeted youth who have gone into crime, victims of gender based violence and those who had gone into drug abuse.
Since December 2020, we have trained 50 youth. 23 of these youth have so far secured sustainable employment, 22 have decided to advance their education and 5 have launched their own businesses. The businsses currently impact the lives of over 100 people and they are generating enough money to provide for the needs of the youth. All 50 youth have continue to receive counselling in order for them to deal with the mental health challenges.
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