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Fighting AIDS through income generating projects in Kenya

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Youth for Life - Kenya

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

Kenya is home to over 42 million people, and has the 6th highest HIV prevalence rate in sub-Saharan Africa. It has an HIV prevalence rate of 6.3%, and more than 1.4 million Kenyans are living with HIV/AIDS. The HIV/AIDS pandemic in Kenya has been disproportionately impacting women. Roughly 3 out of 5 HIV-infected Kenyans are female and the HIV prevalence rate among women (ages 15-64) is 8.7% compared with 5.6% among 
men (ages 15-64). The project targets young mothers aged between 16 to 25 years, who are school drop-outs with no reliable income source.

The project is focused in the Athi-River region, which according to a Baseline Study done by International Labor Organization, has 65.7% of its population living in abject poverty. This study indicates that the Athi-River region suffers massively from high rates of unemployment, which are attributed to declining job opportunities in the public and private sectors, as well as the lack of technical skills that would enable the population to compete in the modern job market.

What is your project and how will it help?

The project aims to actively involve young persons in acquiring skills that will improve their economic wellbeing and to eradicate extreme poverty. The training will be conducted through Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET). TVET has been and continues to be used by several developing countries as an instrument of development. However, in Kenya and particularly in the Athi-River region, the significance of TVET has not really been embraced.

There is a large pool of unskilled labor in Kenya, particularly in the Athi-River region. The project aims to utilize these untapped opportunities and resources in order to realize the Millennium Development Goals. The reasons for the large pool of unskilled labour are due to the lack of education and training.

The project aims to install specific technical skills tailored for the job market needs, and to give young mothers entrepreneurial advantage that will enable them to compete in the available markets and to become self-reliant.

The project will also aim to improve knowledge in sexual reproductive health, increase PMTCT (Preventing Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV) services, advocate the promotion of gender equality and women empowerment, improve on maternal health, and reduce child mortality rates.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

Other people can partner with us through training, fundraising, volunteering, marketing some of the products made by the women in the program and enabling them to become self-reliant.

Please detail the resources that you need.

The total funding of USD 36,200

The details are listed in the attached budget document.

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Partnership types

Advocacy of global issues; Project funding; Provision of services / personnel; all (4)

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Kenya

Global issues

Arts and culture; Children, youth and family welfare; Community development; all (7)


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