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Technical and Vocational Education for Youth

(VIJANA NA UJUZI) This is a replicable project from TLV- Youth Polytechnic reinforcement project work to enhance vocational training opportunities for the youth out of school.
Project Youth Polytechnics variously offer training in Motor Vehicle Mechanics (MVM), Carpentry & Joinery, Metal processing, Masonry, Fashion & design, Hair dressing & beauty therapy, Information Communication technology (ICT), Electrical & electronics, Food technology and Agri-business courses. Any YP is free to introduce a new course, so long as there is demand for it, i.e. there are students, instructors and other relevant facilities to teach it. 

Vijana Na Ujuzi
The global objective of this project is to contribute to the elimination of poverty and social exclusion of people dependent on the informal economy and other under privileged groups in target communities.

The main Objective is to get trained youth who are employable, productive, self-reliant and responsible members of society 
The strategies to achieve this is through partnering with public Youth Polytechnics

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Spurred by Co-operaid - the Swiss donor – HMDS has gradually cut down on primary school education sponsorship to focus Youth Vocational skill Training. The move was justified by the high dropout rate of primary and High school students who, without employable skills in a country suffering 70% youth unemployment rate, faced near impossible choices in their future lives.
Youth Polytechnics under the Ministry of Education and Technology – ‘Directorate of Vocational Training’ were found to be the ‘best’ option to address the situation; to train and equip school dropouts with vocational skills and to make them employable, self reliant and productive citizens. The initial 3-year project, dubbed “Tumaini La Vijana” – TLV- (Hope for the Youth) was implemented between April 2008 to March 2011, in 12 Youth Polytechnics namely, Nakuru, Molo, Dundori, Subukia, Maji Moto, Marigat, Cheberen, Kabimoi, Mogotio, Kituro, Ochii, Nginyang. The project is being replicated in the “Vijana Na Ujuzi” (Youth with Skills) January 2012 to December 2014). The whole mark of this concept was to reinforce and revitalize the Youth Polytechnics and provide the youth with skill training opportunities that make them employable, socio-economically independent, self reliant, productive and responsible citizenry.
The YPs offer training in a number of trades that includes Carpentry & joinery, Engineering, Fashion and Design and other Textile programmes, Catering & hospitality, ICT, Motor vehicle technology, Welding and metal fabrication, Electrical and electronics, Plumbing, Building technology, Hairdressing & Beauty therapy, Food processing and Refrigeration/Air Conditioning.
Objectives of TLV project was:

i. Reinforcement of partner YPs through provision of learning and teaching facilities i.e. tools, equipment, materials, textbooks and computers.
The aim is to provide necessary and adequate equipment, facilities and materials to reinforce and revitalize quality teaching and learning in project YPs.

ii. Career upgrading of instructors and capacity building for BOG members.
To up-grade careers for instructors to Diploma level – Government’s threshold to instruct in YPs – to ensure efficient and quality training services and capacity-build Board Members on their roles, responsibilities and functions to ensure efficient and sustainable YP Management

iii. Girl Child guidance and counselling and IGA project development.
To empower the Girl-child to understand, demand for and practice their (Child & women) rights as enshrined in the UN Charter and Kenya Constitution. Equip the girl-child with Income Generating Activity (IGA) knowledge and skills for self employment and socio-economic independence in life.

iv. Entrepreneurship training and start-up aid for ex-trainees.
Train Youth in entrepreneurship skills and provide ex-trainees with start-up tools/machines and materials to facilitate self-employment enterprises. The objective aims to open doors to socio-economic independence and improved livelihood among ex-trainees and their communities.

v. Promotion of sports: provision of sports facilities, materials and organization of sports events. Facilitate refreshed and stimulated preparedness for competitive sports and academic performance. 300 to 500 students participate at every event whenever held.
vi. 6. Awareness rising on HIV&AIDS
The infection incidence of HIV&AIDS remains very high at 4.6 - 6%, and youth are the most vulnerable. HMDS educates, sensitizes and counsels the youth on prevention in their YPs and organizes public campaigns to disseminate correct info


Help Mission Development Services in collaboration with CO-OPERAID came up with the following objectives:
The overall objective of the project is to diminish the malaria disease by creating awareness, educating and inspiring target beneficiaries into participatory prevention and management of malaria.
Malaria project commenced in the month of April 2011 and is to be implememnted for a period of 9 months. The project implementation covers the following activities:-

1. Distribution of Mosquito treated Nets,
2. Malaria Education Campaigns and
3. Environmental clean-up to reduce the breeding of mosquito.
The project is implemented in baringo county in Rift Valley province of Kenya. The target beneficiaries of malaria project are school going children, households, children under the age of 5 years and the aged as they are the most vulnerable group to malaria.
HMDS is collaboarting with the Ministry of Public Health, at district level in Implementing the project. Dr. Masongo, Dr. Pius Biwot and Dr. Laban the District Public Health Officer (DPHO) of Marigat District Hospital assisted in facilitation during Malaria Education Campaigns. The area chiefs, Head teachers, school chairmen, headmen some areas counselors and the general community members participated actively.

HMDS has implemented Malaria prevention campaigns, Environmental clean-up and nets distribution in four locations of Marigat District namely; Salabani, Loboi, Sandai and Araban locations.
We had 528 school going children benefiting from nets distribution,4,192 other groups of beneficiaries of aged, non- school going children and pregnant women. So far 2,000 nets have been distributed. ( 1,972 nets by the time of Bi-annual report). We are remaining with 1,600 nets which will be distributed to school going children before the project comes to end in December 2011.
Malaria Education campaigns reached 1,640 people who also participated in environmental clean-up.
Some of the dificulties encountered were famine in the project area, and cattle rustling.
All in all, we were able to reach the beneficiaries and conducted all the projected activities.

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TUMAYAKI means “Tuishi Maisha Ya Kitaalam”, i.e. Let’s Live Professional Life.’ The runaway unemployment rate in the country and inadequate start-up capital among young entrepreneurs form the driving force behind this concept and activity.
The main objective of TUMAYAKI is to diminish poverty among youth and make them self-sufficient through provision of affordable micro-credit services, to enhance self-employment, poverty alleviation and improve livelihood. The programme:-
i. Identifies and supports young entrepreneurs (individuals and groups)
ii. Organizes entrepreneurship and micro-financing training before and during loan servicing
iii. Provides micro-credit loans to qualifying entrepreneurs
iv. Organizes sports and Music events to integrate business experiences, ideologies and practice among beneficiaries.
Young entrepreneurs aged 24-35 years and carrying on legal small scale enterprises are legible. Agency officers ensure that applicants have properly understood what is expected of them and regularly abide by project operating guidelines. HMDS capitalizes on this approach to promote the saving culture among beneficiaries. It looks forward to establishing a vibrant revolving micro-credit fund for enhanced benefits to the community. Altogether, the project has invested Kshs.3,129,700.00 in the programme. The effort continues and is turning lives around for the better.

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Click Here to read the Tumayaki Microfinance Report Nov  2011

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