We are actively seeking partners to fund future economic empowerment programs of a similar nature to Ajiri Dada that target adolescent girls, young women and women. We have identified an unmet gap comprising of women over 25 years in Nairobi’s urban informal settlements who are not currently covered by initiatives like Ajiri Dada but still suffer the same challenges of generational poverty and transactional sex.
There are also vulnerable adolescents, girls and young women from rural areas all over Kenya who would benefit greatly from a job training and placement program. Our program will train the women on domestic work, hospitality, cleaning, office work and other related sectors, and place them with employers.
HIV/AIDs among AGYWs in Kenya
The statistics in Kenya are shocking as shown below:
- 6 millions Kenyans are living with HIV.
- By the end of 2016, about 133, 000 adolescents were living with HIV in Kenya.
- Adolescents and young people (15 – 24 years of age) account for almost half of new infections in Kenya.
- 10, 000 adolescents die annually making Aids is the leading killer among adolescents and young people in Kenya.
- 46% of new infections are among young people and teenagers out of which a staggering 70% are adolescent’s girls and young women.
Unemployment in Kenya
- Kenya’s unemployment rate in 2016 was 39.1 percent.
- Only 832,900 new jobs were created in 2016 against a demand of over ten million unemployed youth.
Nannies/Househelps Situation in Kenya
The current situation is as follows:
- The high rate of unemployment combined with the high birthrate and the lengthy hours spent working and commuting by those in employment has contributed to the high demand for a maid among urban Kenyans.
- Affluent households may also have a dedicated ayah, who solely takes care for the children and their needs.
- Many potential nannies/househelps and those already working lack professional training in domestic work.
- Training equips domestic workers with work related skills such as cooking, computer literacy, childcare, first aid and cleanliness which helps them access better paying domestic jobs. Employers also appreciate the importance of hiring a well-trained nanny because they have historically faced many challenges dealing with domestic workers including leaving without notice, poor quality of work, lack of basic skills, poor time management and harassment of the children among others.
- Professionalizing the industry through training, placement, mentorship and supervision will go a long way in ensuring that many young women are absorbed as professional domestic workers earning the legal minimum salary.
- Professionalizing will also ensure that employment contracts are executed in line with labor laws thus safeguarding the interests of all parties involved. It will also ensure that the employees meet other statutory requirements such as NHIF and NSSF remittances.
We feel we can play a vital role in assisting the poor break out of the cycle of poverty, gain greater control over their lives and contribute towards economic development.
The future women empowerment program is planned to have the three result areas, namely;
- Result Area 1: For every month to train and give skills to 100 women and provide with employment.
- Conduct an integrated one-month training
- Ensure all trainees successfully complete the integrated training and graduate.
- Place all trained nannies and househelps with employers.
- Result Area 2: Promote HIV prevention and reproductive health among all trainees.
- Ensure all trained women take up NHIF and enrol in Micro Insurance Health Schemes.
- Result Area 3: Enhance savings, financial inclusion and sustainability.
If you would like to fund such a job training and placement program as described above, become a partner or participate in its implementation, please contact us and we will get back to you for a further discussion.