EVENT DATE: Dec 15, 2015
CRESS would like to establish a resource centre where young women who reside in Mathare slums will gain vocational skills including tailoring and hair dressing as well as computer skills and other information pertaining to business planning and development, credit access and guidance and counseling. The resource center will benefit young women from the three slums and is expected to benefit 350 youths for a period of 2 years. The vocational skills including tailoring, hair dressing and computer skills will also enable them secure employment in formal and non formal sectors or use government sponsored credit to set up their own businesses. Kenya ranks ninth highest country in the world having more than a million children out of school. Out of the young women that leave school; 9% are still illiterate and 30% are semi- literate. On average majority of the people that drop out of school especially without completing primary school find it difficult to secure well paying employment, lack foundation skills and those from low income areas have the least skills to acquire well paying jobs. According to World Bank statistics almost two million people in Nairobi county live in slums, it is approximated at around 60% of the population reside in the sums of Nairobi. In Korogocho slum for example a third of the population is made up of the youth and only 12% of the women living in this low income area have attended secondary school, this number is very low. Therefore CRESS Kenya through this program will empower the young women with income generating skills. Approximately 80% of young women between the ages of 15 to 24 years that reside in the slums of Nairobi do not have income generating activities and of the employed 40% of the women only earn around the poverty line from casual employment therefore we will empower these young women with vocational skills, business development skills, guidance and counseling and access to credit so that they can develop themselves, their families and their communities. Young women especially in the slums face a lot of challenges and hardships this may grow into a sense of lack of belonging within the society. These difficult circumstances young women who reside in slums face stem from limited opportunities for education, training, viable employment and other social amenities including health services. CRESS Kenya will in this project focus on the most underprivileged young women residing in the slums. The aim is to work with these young women to nurture and rear them in a way to develop them into productive members of society. CRESS Kenya has a good record working with the youth who reside in slums and especially ensuring that the girl child is educated and empowered through such projects as Sato Leo initiative where we provide young women from low income areas with sanitary towels to ensure uninterrupted studies throughout their school years. In continuation of these Youth Empowerment Initiatives, CRESS Kenya aims to obtain resources to empower and train 350 of the most marginalized and vulnerable young women to develop them into productive citizens. The project will need resources amounting to USD 12,000 for duration of two years, taking into consideration the many good social implications the project will have on the society the amount is justifiable. This project shall be carried out in four phases each taking a period of five months for a total period of two years. Each phase will be implemented in four levels the first being training of vocational and computer skills, the second level being development of business and strategic plans for effective business development, the third level being guidance and counseling and the final level being access to government sponsored credit. Monitoring and evaluation shall be done at the end of each phase; adjustments shall be made where necessary in order to improve the project. After the end of the last phase, we shall review the progress made and if possible hand it over to be run by religious, youth and local leaders who shall make sure that it runs successfully for years to come. CRESS Kenya will provide oversight to the project and ideas to expand it. However, in the event that nobody is identified to carry on with the remaining work. We shall continue with managing the project.