There is a 'lost generation' in Kenya. Thousands of young people who did not return to school after COVID-19 closures. Education breaks the poverty cycle. We are supporting teenage girls who are now mothers to form peer support groups, we are providing training and resources for income generating projects, delivering Life Skills courses, training community ambassadors to deliver sexual & reproductive health workshops to boys and girls. This project needs your help to keep their futures brighter.
Schools closures and lock downs caused by the pandemic have resulted in young people being victims of violence, suffered sexual abuse, alcohol abuse. Poverty is pushing girls to sell sex for food, sanitary towels and basics for their families. Without an education, work available is unskilled, open to exploitation, informal without security. The future is bleak and young people are vulnerable to negative social influences that could destroy their lives.
There is a need to keep young people positively engaged, to offer hope and safeguard their futures, educate and equip them with knowledge and skills that will enable them to make good life choices, deal with the challenges ahead and stay healthy. This project supports training that provides peer support, resources for earning a living, life skills to help with good decision making bringing strength, self-confidence and knowledge that they can build their own better future.
Gaining skills, knowledge and support will empower young people and provide the incentive to believe in themselves and make their own way. There will be less young people fall victim to social issues and the rate of teenage pregnancy that increased during COVID-19 will reduce. The standard of living will increase for households across Kericho county. Providing young people with independence and income is vital to reducing poverty in the long run and creating sustainable, lasting change.