Out of School Youth Program Providing Unlimited Possibilities.
Education opens unlimited possibilities for society that would otherwise be denied namely; a better chance to lead healthy and productive lives, building strong and nurturing families, participating fully in civic affairs of their communities, molding morals and value creating culture and shaping history. Income levels in most families plays a big role in school retention and Sylvia Mogere, 16 years old dropped out in Form 3 because she is a total orphan and living positively. Through referral by The Ministry of Health due to her status, Sylvia Mogere was enrolled in the OVC project, through assessment using the wellbeing form it was noted that she was forced to drop out of school because no family member was willing to spend money to educate her because of her status. Through the assessment, major gaps and needs identified were; child headed household and needed to be linked to an elderly caregiver. Her situation made it impossible for her to attend school and there was need to enroll her for apprentice or vocational training. Due to the challenges she faced with retention in school, she opted to Join the youth out of school programme after being visited by a Social worker and together going through her case plan. Mogere wanted to Join driving school but due to budget constraints was linked to an alternative course that is tailoring. “Mogere is fairing on well and she’s at the advanced stage of her training, said the social worker.”
Cynthia Nyamari, 18 years is also a beneficiary of the youth out of school supported by Lifeskills Promoters, she was taken through life skills and core basic training and later linked to an artisan for hair dressing course for 6 months after which she was supported with a start-up kit (blow dry, sink and comb). Currently Cynthia has opened her own salon shop at Minyinkwa centre and earns an average of Ksh. 12,000/ which She uses to provide her family the basic needs.