Nineteen Youth Groups In Kilifi Receive Their Start Up Kits
“We thank the Red Cross and the European Union for your support. It is not easy to find someone to support you but once you get one it is only noble that you make them proud, In Sha Allah, said Ally Hassan, Ngomeni Youth Group.
An event to hand over livelihood start up kits 16 youth groups in Kilifi County under the project conflict Prevention Peace and Economic Opportunities for the Youth in Kenya, was held at the Kenya Red Cross Malindi Branch.
The event was attended by the local leaders who encouraged the young people to put to use the kits handed to them for their benefit. The local leadership equally highlighted the challenges facing young people and the impact it has had on the economy and growth of the coast region as a whole.
The Director Ministry of Youth and Gender Affairs, Kent Simiyu urged youth to use the startup kits handed over to them to make their lives better. “Drug and substance abuse has destroyed the lives of many youth. It is time that youth take their lives and make a turnaround in order to support the future of this community. Use the equipment you have received through this project to make your lives better,” he said.
The European Union funded programme, is intended to empower youth to grow into economic and social actors. The project supports youth with acquiring technical, life and business skills required by the job market, entrepreneurship development and life skills. The project is implemented in eight targeted counties including: Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale, Lamu, Tana River, Garissa, Wajir and Mandera.
The project that is now in its third year of implementation has reached a total of 3,294 with a target of 4,500 youth. In Kilifi alone the project has supported 428 youth.
Kilifi County Woman Representative, Mrs Getrude Mwanyanje urged youth to focus on self-employability than white collar jobs. She urged them to take up vocational training as a way of gaining hands on skills to support them economically. Getrude Mwanyanje also called on youth to apply for the affirmative grant provided by the government to support their economic growth.
“I am here today because of the commitment and Love that I have for youth in Kilifi County. My office has a grant that supports youth, women and persons with disability. I urge youth to access this funds but you have to be responsible and ensure that you channel it to the right projects,” Getrude Mwanyanje, Woman Representative, Kilifi County.
Dr. Abbas Gullet, Secretary General, KRCS who was also present at the event stated that indeed unemployment is a global phenomenon that requires a holistic approach to curb it. He noted that it is everyone’s role including the youth.