We build skills by developing youth-focused projects.
Our Living with Wildlife project in Murchison Falls, Uganda placed 142 young people in vocational apprenticeships in tailoring, catering, masonry, and construction.
We promote industry by helping young people choose industries that fit with their local needs and will promote economic development in the region.
Claire, a project participant in our Ikawa n’Inka project in Rwanda chose to grow coffee because it’s a good cash crop for her region. She sells her produce to a local cooperative which guarantees her a fair price for her coffee cherries.
We promote entrepreneurship by supporting Self-Help Groups where young people can learn skills, have a means of saving money, and can access start-up loans (via formal links to financial services, or community-led cooperatives). Participants develop an enterprise together and learn how to increase its productivity and profits.
The Ejoheza Youth Group in Rwanda developed a microbusiness that purchased a grain milling machine which will provide a service to the farms in their region.
And that means including young people in our work. Our programmes have always had a strong focus on including woman, and the disabled, but we didn’t always seek out young participants. Now we do.
Young people need and deserve the skills to deal with 21st century problems, and the atmosphere to flourish creatively as entrepreneurs.