This project will equip a Youth-Friendly center as part of a larger project of Student Hostels for our Vocational Training students who come from remote hard-ship areas in Kenya. The center will provide 250 Vocational Training students a safe space where they can spend their time after school, playing games and hanging-out with friends, letting laughter take over and forgetting about their harsh life circumstances, if even just for some moments.
Siaya County has 32,000 secondary-school children out of school, without work and with limited opportunities for secure and sustainable living in the rural area. Majority of these youth come from socio-economically challenged backgrounds. Without further education, technical and life skills, they face a life-long journey of continued poverty. In 2011 we established RTRC, a Vocational Training Centre designed to give youth a new educational experience to change the trajectory of their lives.
By creating a youth-friendly Centre within our student hostels, youth have a safe space to play games, interact and exchange ideas. The safe space gives them a chance to clear their heads, re-build their confidence and self-esteem, and discover more about themselves in order to dream about the future they want to create for themselves.
We are creating a sustainable long-lasting change in our communities. Our graduating youth have a balanced set of skills, positive outlook and resilient character. Their experience in our holistic skills training program enables them to integrate successfully into the job market either through formal or self-employment opportunities. In the long-run, communities as a whole will thrive economically and socially since a change in a community begins with a change in the younger generation.