In January and February 2020, groups of youths- mostly young women in Makueni and Kitui in estern Kenya were trained on modern bee keeping farming as part of the activities for the Youth Innovation Center.
This initial trainign coussed on various aspects such as:
1. Establishing a new apiary - Participants underwent training on the planning for creating a succesful apiary. Establishing a new site requires more investment.
2. making modern bee hives- the groups learne dthe various types of bee hives and what they can make locally at the resoruce center. As part of the project, SDFA -Kenya will provide materials such as wood and tolls for the groups to start making the bee hives locally.The bee hives will be used by the groups in the area, and they can also make additional bee hives to sell to farmers in the wider region.
3. Selecting a suitable site for beekeeping - the groups lea4ned about the environment for beekeeping, how it should be of diverse vegetation that provides plenty of pollen and nectar. They also learned that Ideally, the apiary is located within a 1 km radius of food sources.
After the training, a pilot set of 5 bee hives were installed in the area. Thr project aims to then offer more traning and use the resource center to create viable commercial bee keeping in the area.
As part of involving stakeholders and community members in designign and implimenting the project, our team held discussions with potentail partners and government officials in the project area.
Youth leaders were involved in the meeting and raised their anticipated outcomes icnluding the need to have measureable skills and capacity to be self reliant.
The management team that provides a link between the community and our roganization was set up.
The project is also receiving support from other partners. Tailoring equipment has been donated and procurred for the center. The project continues to work towards aiming to create tangible skills for the youths who can use the equipment to earn a decent living.
The Makueni youth resource and innovation center is a project developed to help the local community create solutions to their most pressing challenges. In order to achieve the overall objective of the center, SDFA-Kenya engaged with the community for a fact-finding mission. The objective was to collect data to help streamline the design of the programs.
SDFA-Kenya during the visitors engaged with 200 young girls and boys. We had interviews with local government representatives and other community leaders.
Meetings with community leaderships shed light on the in-depth challenges faced by youth from the community. They also suggested possible programs to provide at the resource and innovation center in order to improve the youth's involvement in community development.
We also interacted with women leaders to understand the local challenges faced by women. Through the meeting, a resolution was made to include programs which will train women from the local communities and equip them with business skills.
During the visits, we also interacted with young boys and girls who expressed their excitement and interests to join the program and help create a better community.
During the visit, the renovation of the youth resource centre was also done.
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