Eswatini has high rates of gender-based violence and young men need mentorship so they can be the fathers of tomorrow, and grow to be peaceful and respectful men. This project will provide professional skills development for 30 young men and vocational skills training for 15 young men so these young men can develop their professional and vocational skills, and earn steady income. Employment is a key aspect of fulfilment and men who can support their families are less likely to harm them.
Youth unemployment has huge personal and social costs, including financial hardship and poverty, family tensions, increased crime rates, shame and stigma. Many young people who are faced with unemployment often find themselves involved in substance abuse which usually results in crime and domestic abuse. Young women deserve men who support and treat themselves and others with respect and this project helps build the underlying professional skills from a young age to help achieve this goal.
The program offers out-of-school, unemployed youth the tools and skills they need to generate an income for themselves and their families. The program aims to foster emotional, intellectual and artistic growth in young people through business skills, career guidance and income generating training sessions to give those in need the opportunity to break through the poverty trap. Participants are empowered with business fundamentals and some use the skills learned to start their own business.
With opportunities to drive sustainable economic growth, lower youth unemployment and help mitigate violence and abuse in the household, this project will have a holistic positive impact on individuals and their communities. The project will also provide mentoring opportunities beyond the training workshops which will help to achieve the ultimate goal - for young men to secure dignified work and become respectful husbands and fathers in the future, minimizing a root cause of violence and abuse.