Unemployed youths and vulnerable persons in Naivasha sub-county have a reason to celebrate after an initiative to economically empower them was launched courtesy of a United States organisation in partnership with the United Methodist Church in Kenya.
The initiative dubbed Panua Partners in Hope, will see the target groups given economic empowerment courses and later funded to start income generating activities.
The patron, Reverend Paul Matheri, said the programme will provide incentives to the youths of between Ksh 35,000 to Ksh.50,000 to help them start income generating activities that will make them economically independent in life.
Speaking during the graduation of 150 youths over the weekend, Rev. Matheri said the programme has transformed the lives of more than 260 youths through the trainings who in turn have started small income generating businesses over the last three years.
Rev.Matheri said the initiative that is a partnership with the First Methodist Church of the United States and Kenyan Methodist Church was started after it was realised that most youths who did not have a livelihood were increasingly becoming irresponsible.
He added that the number of vulnerable youths in Naivasha was growing by the day adding that neglect by parents at a tender age and over indulgence in alcohol and drug abuse was to blame for the rise in number of the child crimes.
He said the church was working closely with the local administration to identify and enroll the needy youths from all over the town and its environs adding that the programme was committed to ensuring that they alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable and orphaned young people in the society.
These vulnerable youths most of whom are neglected have no one to run to but as the church we are ready to help them, he said.
A representative of the US group Jensie Gobel said the programme had transformed many youths who had lost hope in life through economic empowerment where they acquire life skills and also strategies to enable them adapt to a changing environment with diverse needs.
Source: Kenya News Agency