Our idea is to provide the youth with skills necessary to create their own jobs through vocational training. This can be done through setting up community vocational training centers where the youth in those communities can be trained in the marketable skills. The youth can use the acquired skills to set up workshops from which they can get employment.
The biggest problem the youth face in our community is lack of skills, capital and land to create and expand economic opportunities for their sustainable livelihoods.
Vocational training centers will be set up in different locations to train the youth in specific skills that are marketable in and around their area. The youth will be trained by the local trainers who already have the skills but also lack the capital to set up their own businesses. The training centers will be equipped with the necessary materials to support the training programs in the specific skills identified and registration of the trainees will start. During the training sessions, the trainers will be making materials that can be sold to help to raise additional money which will be used to run the training centers. After the training program, the trainees will be grouped into three to five (3-5) members which will be awarded with certificates and also given start up materials to go to their communities to set up an enterprise. This will be their employment and they will set up saving schemes in order to expand on their business to train more youth at a fee.
The beneficiaries of this project will be the unemployed youth in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, 95% are jobless. They will be provided with free training in vocational skills in order to empower them to be healthy and self-reliant. They will be given free start up materials and certificates to set up their own enterprises from which they will create more employment as well as train more youth. This will help the youth to be able to support and develop their household income and break the vicious cycle of poverty.
We are a Community Based Organization in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Our vision is to have a healthy and self-reliant community empowered with knowledge and skills. We work with both refugees and the host community of Ugandans under the ReHope program.
Kyangwali Refugee Settlement in Kyangwali Sub County, Hoima District, is a home to approximately 40,000 refugees with over 60,000 Ugandans in the host community. Over 60% of these populations are youth, majority of whom do not possess any professional field (Do not have post-secondary qualifications) and are unemployed. 83 % of the youth below 30 years are unemployed, according to the Mr Japheth Kawanguzi, the founder of Innovation village speaking during Youth Day celebration in Bundibugyo District Uganda on August 11, 2017.
In this idea, fully equipped vocational skills training centers for selected lucrative and highly marketable vocational skills will be established in the communities.Community youths with the vocational skills of interest who lack capital will then be identified and enrolled in a short entrepreneurship training before they are posted as mentors in the different skills centers.
Training opportunity for the youth will be opened and a selected number of youth will gain vocational skills in areas of interest. Upon completing the training, the mentors will lead groups of 3-5 trained youth to form community enterprises in their locations of interest. The groups will then receive startup equipment and supplies to begin producing products or providing services. Every group will commit to train more youth (achievement tied to an award), and also run a saving scheme internally to enable the group to save money for growing the enterprise and expanding on their economic opportunities.
The continuous vocational training of youths by the different enterprises, and access to microcredit from the saving schemes to youths or youth groups will forever solve the problem of lack of skills and lack of capital, ensuring that no youth is left behind without expanding their economic opportunities.
- P4T has already trained 312 vulnerable women (child mothers and widows) in handcraft activities. This has enhanced they household income and improved their standards of living.
- P4T also trained 25 orphan households affected or infected with HIV in Small Scale Bakery (15 received startups) and Tailoring (10). Today, the supported households are able to afford basic needs and buy scholastic materials for their children.
- P4T’s carpentry workshop has trained 5 youths in carpentry works. These youth are now self-employed in their community workshops.
- Using 2 office computers, P4T has provided basic computer skills to over 20 young people in the community and it is providing computer lessons to 30 pupils in its Nursery and Primary School (P.4 and P.5 classes). This is a very alien innovation in the community where people get to see and touch computers for their first time at P4T.
- The Art and Design project has employed 5 young people in natural art and it has also trained other 5 young people who had no knowledge of drawing and painting. These youth together are self-employed in the Art and Design Workshop, generating income to support themselves and their families. This has improved their means of livelihood and standard of living.
Establishment of Community Vocational Skills Centre that can provide training in all the available marketable skills, empowering communities to be self-reliant through self-employment.
We plan to start 6 training centres in carpentry, tailoring, hair dressing, bakery, shoe making and catering. These training centres can directly impact lives of 150 young people every year, with indirect impact of 900 people every year. Setting up a training centre costs between approximately $2,000 and $10,000. We therefore welcome any individual, group, or organisation that wishes to start any one or more of these training centres to support the programme.