The 1st Vusha Youth Empowerment Program graduation ceremony, in Murang’a County took place at Wempa CCF on the 29th July 2016. During the ceremony a total of 19 graduates received certification of the Vusha YEP and another 25 graduates received digital literacy certificates.
At the ceremony, the residents of Murang’a County were very happy with the work ACWICT is doing to empower their youth with employable skills. The area chief Mr. Simon Karanja in his address said many of the youth in Murang’a are left idle after completing high school because their parents cannot afford tertiary education. He further added that the program is a noble initiative, and that its implementation in the area has pulled their youth out of the streets and given them a second chance to gaining employable skills.
The center sponsor Mr. Antony Chege also acknowledged the empowerment Vusha YEP beneficiaries have received.
“I sincerely want to thank ACWICT trainers for their dedicated service and commitment to delivering their best. Anytime I came to the center I always found the trainees happy and satisfied with what they are taught in class,” he said.
He also added that the certificates awarded are international recognized, and urged the beneficiaries to utilize the skills earned in revolutionizing service delivery in both the county and the government and also in setting up their own business opportunities.
Mr Chege, also called on the county government to consider partnership with ACWICT in order to roll out the project in large scale to reach more people.
Three beneficiaries under the program also gave testimonials of the impact the training has had on their lives. Amongst them was Ms. Scholarstica Wambui. She told the audience, before her engagement with the project she worked as a butcher, but after undergoing training she picked up a lot on the entrepreneurship component and after the training opened up her own butchery and even employed three other youth. She greatly thanked ACWICT and the center sponsor, for the entrepreneurship skills earned have enabled her manage her business as well as make profits.
The event was also attended by employer partners from KCB Bank Kenol Branch and Murata Sacco. KCB Bank was represented by their manager Mr. Daniel Ng’ang’a who created awareness of the youth empowerment projects provided by the bank encouraging the youth to apply for the Lion’s Den Tv series and pitch their entrepreneurship ideas for a chance to secure capital. The representative from Murata Sacco told the beneficiaries that the Sacco is seeking to expand their branches, and since they now have employable skills they should be on the look-out for job advertisements on their website.
They also highly congratulated the beneficiaries for undertaking the program.
Ms. Anne Karimi spoke on behalf of ACWICT’s Executive Director. She said that the impact the program is having on the youth, has resulted into its high demand, as such ACWICT will be partnering with the ICT Authority to reach more youth.