The Vusha Girls Employability Program kicked off with a roar in both Kisumu and Nairobi Counties. The program received a good buy in from both the communities and the target group who are readily willing to walk the path of growing into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe young women.
So far over 500 young women have been enrolled into the program and over 250 of the beneficiaries have undertaken technical courses to include motor vehicle mechanics, ICT (Cisco IT Essentials), building and construction and electrical and electronics.
Mr. Boniface Onyango, the Program Manager said the program is meant to spur economic growth for young women who otherwise will not be able to realize their dreams or goals.
The young women benefiting from the program are endowed with demand driven skills that will empower them to successfully progress in the opportunities around them and also transfer the same skills to other young women who did not have the privilege of undergoing the program.
To ensure that HIV and Health Education is also key to the program, providing the beneficiaries with a mandatory two week practical training on HIV transmission and associated risk factors as well as voluntary counselling and testing methods.
“Information is power, and giving the girls this information and life skills education will enable the beneficiaries effectively cope in difficult situations. We want to teach them to say no!” says Mrs Julia Kamwara, Senior Chief Mathare Location. “And not just to say no, but say it with confidence, we want them to respect their bodies and their own lives,” she adds.
Employers are already tapping into the pool of skilled labor, providing a wide range of remuneration packages, mentorship and a conducive learning environment to continue with the skills building.