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Vocational Training & Community Center – Kenya

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”-Kofi Annan

PREMISE (THE PROBLEM)

In Kenya, most educational curriculum lacks practical and critical thinking needed to enable youth. Therefore, even the “educated” struggle with landing employment or engaging in entrepreneurial activities that enable them to catch up with market demands. Lack of basic skills that promote enterprise have been a major setback factor in Kenya–leading to 40% of Kenyans living on less than $1/day. There are challenges in the way of overall economic success and self-reliance. The good news is that the potential “payback” or return on investment from resources and opportunities properly applied is very high. In other words, responsible programs established with long-term educational and vocational results in mind are very successful.

GOA’s SOLUTION

GOA’s approach to empowering local communities is unique and effective. We partner with locals to help them realize their dreams by creating sustainable, self-reliant activities (without degrading handouts, continued support and never-ending intervention by an international non-profit). Activities such as dairy cow/goat projects, income-generating agriculture and gardening, and poultry farming, among others, enables individuals and families to become self reliant within their unified community. However, the community has a great need to enable local people to specialize in various skills that will be part of other local economic activities (in addition to agriculture and animal husbandry). It’s commendable to be reliant on agriculture and animals–but what happens when famine strikes and the rains don’t come or disease wipes out crops necessary to survive? Or, without reliable income, what happens when a child becomes sick and needs special medical treatment? All of this can be a death sentence for an individual or family. Therefore, it is important for locals to consider other methods to generate income. Additionally, since much land has been subdivided to a level that is no longer viable for commercial farming, there is a great need to diversify and produce a community of welders, plumbers, carpenters, masons, builders, computer technicians, mechanics, engineers, entrepreneurs, etc. GOA, through its strategic satellite partnership with GOA-Kenya, plans to guide the community towards self reliance by offering skills and technology training through a Vocational Training & Community Center.

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OUR SOLUTION:

In establishing the Vocational Training Center as outlined below, GOA is seeking to further demonstrate the success of a sound model of rural development strategy in different cultural settings. This will provide the basis for much wider implementation in other areas of Africa, and even the world, through our own direct efforts as well as those of our partners.

PROJECT DETAILS:

The proposed project falls under the mission of GOA to “empower communities” by promoting self-reliance through education, mentoring and sustainable development solutions. Moreover, this project is derived from locally proposed solutions and will be managed by our GOA-Kenya team of local experts and leaders. These activities will allow the community’s overall quality of life to be elevated as well as to contribute to the national economical growth.

This project is aimed at equipping the community with basic skills to address their needs in a more practical manner, thus creating self reliance, “umoja” (community togetherness) and sustainability. The center will not only empower students to gain needed skills to create self employment opportunities in their communities, but will also empower them with leadership skills and general problem solving abilities to be more marketable to local employers. Developing self-reliant attributes will better enable them to take on the challenges of life as well as be able to rise to their potential. The center will be constructed in rural Kenya in an area lacking commercial opportunities and basic infrastructures–reaching out to a population of nearly 500,000 people (Kakamega County, Butere District, Western Kenya). The center will target primary/secondary school graduates, not to exclude other members of the community. Due to our unique partnership with the local area school, the local School Management Committee (SMC) and parents have generously donated two acres of land for the purpose of building their community’s Vocational Training Center.

COURSES THAT WE’LL BE OFFERING:

Vocational:

  • Masonry
  • Carpentry/Joinery
  • Motor Vehicle Mechanics
  • Welding & Fabrication
  • Sewing & Garment Making
  • Computers
  • Hair Dressing
  • Electrical Wiring & Electronics
  • Catering & Food Handling

Business Studies:

  • Accounting / Bookkeeping
  • Management Primary
  • Entrepreneurial Education
Agri-Business & Animal Husbandry
  • Crop farming
  • Dairy farming
  • Beef farming
  • Poultry farming
  • Sheep/Goat farming
  • Bee keeping
  • Pig farming
  • Fish farming
  • Aquaponics & organic farming

WHAT WE NEED TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN:

Phase 1: $100,000 USD

Like all of our projects, we’re going to be meeting the community in the middle on this one. They will provide the land, much human labor and even some timber and bricks.

On our end, we will need to come up with $100,000 USD to fund phase phase 1 in order to build the center and provide it with necessary resources, tools, equipment, and furnishings. The order will be as follows:

A.) Legal fees, surveying and formal acquisition of land

B.) Laying of foundation, construction of center, fittings and other installations

C.) Purchase of equipment, text books, furnishings, farming/carpentry tools, and other materials

Subsequent phases will be done according to need and growth in following years. For more information about subsequent phases, including information about our monitoring and accountability policies, work plan of activities, curriculum specifics, evaluation and testing schedules, please request the formal proposal and concept paper form GOA.

It is important for all donors to know that no fund-raised money for this project will go towards GOA overhead or administrative expenses. All the money that we net will be sent to GOA-Kenya to fund this project directly. Learn how we’re more responsible with donor dollars here.

Vocational Training Center planned to open to students by January 1st, 2014.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

The value of a dollar stretches a long way when every penny of it goes towards a project that adds sustainable results in a community desperately needing opportunities and tools for education. Investing in education is something that is both needed and urgent in Kenya. Choose to be apart of this project by doing one or more of the following:

1.) Have some spare time? Choose to become a fundraising manager to help lead fundraising efforts for this specific project. Contact us at [email protected] or (801)449-0463.

2.) Make a personal, direct donation (or sign up for our monthly automatic donation program)

3.) Orchestrate a fundraiser in your neighborhood, church or company location

4.) Ask your employer to offer a matching grant to what you or your peers can raise

5.) Go out and talk to people in your community with affluence and influence–help us spread the word!

6.) Share this project to your friends on Facebook (and be persistent about it–it sure beats another invitation to FarmVille or Bubble Safari!)

For more detailed information, or to become a donor for this project, please contact Global Outreach Alliance at (801)449-0463, or email us at [email protected]