Little by Little, small donations put together can help disadvantaged youth in Uganda to acquire artisanal livelihood skills, so that they may be able to earn incomes & be able to feed hundreds of desperate households. 78% of Ugandans are aged 30 years & below, of whom 48% are a dependent population, aged 14 years & below. Thus, youth aged 15-30 years, 30% of Uganda's population, are mostly bearing the burden to provide for its 40 million people; & yet, youth in Uganda are largely unemployed.
80% of Uganda's post-secondary graduates, youth aged 20-25 years, are unemployed, according to BrighterMonday. Yet, 78% of Uganda's population is youth & so they mostly bear the burden to provide for their households. Annual incomes are less than US$ 2.652 for 97% of on average 6-member households in the project area; meaning thousands are living below the poverty line, on less than US$ 1.2 per day, according to a Uganda Government survey; & which found 44% of households in area are food poor.
"It is not easy to open up a welding business. It requires sums of money that many youths in Uganda can't afford. But it is a worthwhile investment," experience has taught Okello. He is an unemployed university graduate, who has apprenticed with an established welder & is endowed with practical skills as a welder. With your help, CPAR Uganda aspires to buy start up materials, tools and machines needed to establish a welding workshop and to donate them to Okello to establish one & train others.
Establishing a welding workshop will provide Okello & his household with a livelihood; & a channel through which Okello will train other youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to become income earning welders. Potentially, contributing to the reduction of youth not engaged in gainful economic activity. Benefiting youth will earn incomes as welders, be able to provide for their households & contribute to reducing the number of households living below the poverty line & of those that are food poor.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).