WEZESHA OVC- Out of School Youth
Nicholas Odera was disabled by polio and left under the care of his ailing grandmother after the death of his parents when he was only 10 years old. After realizing that his father’s relatives were not caring for him and even attempted to take his inherited property he moved to his mother’s place of birth in Oyugis town to stay with his grandmother in 2009.
LISP Wezesha OVC Project recruited the household into the project and Nicholas being one of the OVCs was identified as youth out of school and needed some intervention.
His turning Point;
He trained in Life skills and was placed on apprenticeship to learn Electronic engineering in February 2017 and was mentored by a local artisan in Oyugis town. Nick managed to finish his training and the artisan decided to retain him in the workshop and pay him for his daily input.
“I have learned to repair electronics i.e. fridges, microwaves and looking forward to handling even bigger machines,” he said smiling.
- Nick earns an average of Kshs. 300 a day
- He rents his own house in Jua Kali Estate for easy access to work.
- He bought 20 iron sheets from his savings and plans to build his own house back at home.
- Nick tills his land at home and stocks maize to sell when prices go up after harvest.