Problem to be solved:
DAYO has observed that most of the families that reside in Kisauni Sub County in Kenya actually belong to a low social class and are mainly working in industries as casuals earning barely enough to keep up with their family basic needs. Typical Kisauni youth will hardly go beyond primary education and it is worse for the girl child. The culture in many cases confines women to house hold chores leaving very little space for academic advancement. These youth face a variety of social problems and are characterized by low economic status, poverty, food insecurity, crime, HIV/AIDs and Drug Abuse.
And in Zimbabwe poverty remains the highest development goal that requires great focus from government as it is one of the socio-economic factors that work against the level of literacy, school dropout, and early family or work responsibilities due to unforeseen circumstances for youth/women especially. Fundamentally, living in poverty leads to infringement of SRHR and poor health status concerning young women leaving with HIV/AIDS just to mention a few amongst other rights that affecting more of the rural areas, urban shantytowns and displaced communities more.
The project targets 40 youth aged between 18-24 years old and 60 local leaders/Stakeholders from Kenya and Zimbabwe. DAYO will implement the project in Kisauni in Mombasa County and Katswe sisterhood will implement the project in Harare rural areas.
The project will focus on providing a bridge to employment by linking young men and women to employment opportunities, capacitate them with job search skills whilst at the same time address the triple challenges of early sexual debut, early child marriages and increased HIV infection amongst young people.
Activities that will contribute to the objectives:
The activities that will be implemented under this initiative will include:
- Capacity building of young men and women on various life skills and entrepreneurial skills.
- Mentorship and job shadowing to create better entry into the job marker for young men and women.
- Professional volunteering by young men and women so as to address the various social challenges in communities.
- Advocacy and lobbying meetings to change the operational environment so that it becomes more enabling for young men and women to access employment opportunities as well as skills building opportunities.
- Development of an online repository for young women and men to share their information for job seeking as well as provide information to recruits or leaders of organization or companies.
Short Description of Partner Organizations:
Dream Achievers Youth Organization (DAYO) has obtained a grant from The National Council of Swedish Youth Organizations (LSU) a network of Youth organizations in Sweden that work to improve conditions of youth in Sweden and global. DAYO aim to implement project dubbed “Powering Youth and Women in Communities”together with Katswe Sisterhood.The project is included in the Youth Cooperation Initiative, as a part of the program GALE coordinated by LSU.
DAYO was established in May 2005 by young volunteers who wanted to mitigate challenges among young people through community theatre as a participatory strategy of educating and informing the community on issues of Health, Economic Empowerment and Education Lead Partner.
Katswe Sistahood founded on 2007 as a movement of dynamic young women fighting for the full attainment of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) by women in Zimbabwe. It is a platform that enables young women to mobilize, organize and articulate their needs and aspirations in respect of SRH education, SRH services and legal protection and to communicate these to policy -makers and implementers Co-Partner.