Vocational Education and Life-skills Instruction
Good jobs are few and far between for young men and women in Kenya, particularly in rural communities like Kasavai. Traditional four-year college and university educations are not feasible for most of these young men and women. To assist recent high school graduates and others in identifying potential paths forward, CLOUT Cares has begun funding programs to hone life-skills - vocational education, individual mentoring, and the Watafutaji Orphans Youth Group.
Vocational Education -
In a rural community like Kasavai, a high school education and diploma may not be sufficient to break into the paid workforce. Many Watafutaji orphans and others could not find gainful employment even though they may have been high school graduates. To help alleviate this problem we established a guaranteed, limited-capitalized four-year fund to help Watafutaji orphans get vocational education and training. We expect most who qualified have attended a trade school for from six months to a year. Others have chosen a teacher's college for 18 to 24 months. Some have attended schools as far away as Nairobi - about 10 hours by bus.
Individual mentoring -
CLOUT Cares has given special assistance to recent high school graduates who demonstrate outstanding initiative and perseverence.
David A. with a few of his high school
and post high school awards
With funding from CLOUT Cares, David A. completed 9 months of formal training at Kenyan College in Nairobi in the tourism industry in 2014. He then began his formal internship with Pal-Davis Adventures under David Gakule who generously acted as David A's tutor and mentor. We wholeheartedly thank David Gakule and Pal-Davis Adventures .
David A. is now gainfully employed as the Transportation Manager in major tourism company in Nairobi.
Watafutaji Orphans Youth Group -
In 2013, a group of high school graduates who are orphans and dependents of the Watafutaji widows established a CBO (community based organization) calling itself the Watafutaji Orphans Youth Group (WOYG). CLOUT Cares assisted them to get started. The WOYG organized projects and activities that help them learn business and agricultural/horticultural skills and identify life-long opportunities. They started with chickens, pigs, and kale and have learned with assistance, professional advice, and the cold hard facts of the world that raising chickens from chicks with no heat or electricity as a commercial enterprise is not for the faint-hearted. Their concentration is now on pigs and kale.