The new constitution of Kenya, Article 81(b) maintains a one third requirement for either gender in all elective bodies. This means that for all elective bodies, one third of their composition must be women; Article 91(f) states that every political party must respect and promote gender equality and equity in its composition.
The Kenyan constitution promised solutions to Kenya’s problems one of them being gender discrimination. Most of the Women in Rural areas are not aware of this and HMDS will enlighten them on the same. Women empowerment is another focus area of the HMDS project and is geared towards educating women on their political rights, roles and responsibilities. This programme will aims at enabling women to take up political roles more so at the grass root level. With the introduction of the new constitution HMDS recognized the need to equip women with the necessary skills to enable them to participate fully in the electoral process not just as voters but as candidates.
Through Vocation Training:
The proposed action entails equipment of Youth Polytechnics with adequate teaching and learning facilities to train youths in vocational skills to make them employable, economically independent and responsible members of society. The project also involves cross-cutting issues including Entrepreneurship for self-employment, Gender mainstreaming, IGA initiatives for project sustainability, HIV&AIDS awareness and Environmental conservation education for healthy living. The Government appreciates the fact that the informal sector has become the biggest employer in Kenya today and supports the development of YPs to enhance vocational training for self-employment and creation of more employment opportunities for the youth. The target youth will include: youth infected with HIV/AIDS; female youth; the unemployed youth; and out-of-school youth.
The proposed action will embrace the following 8 specific objectives:-
- Provision of adequate tools, machines & computers, textbooks and materials will improve access to teaching and learning facilities and reinforce quality training in partner YPs. HMDS also proposes to enable project YPs to construct two workshops/classrooms per year.
- Career up-grading for instructors; Management training for BOG members and facilitation of annual stakeholders evaluation seminars will enhance project YPs academic and managerial performance and functioning.
- Mentoring of the Girl-child through Guidance and Counseling will mentor their confidence, not only in training but also in socio-economic independence.
- Entrepreneurship training will spur and enhance self-employment and creation of other employment opportunities. Provision of start-up tools adds value to the concept and hopefully it will quicken youth employment and enterprise creativity in project areas.
- Public YPs suffer inadequate resources base for Institutional development and efficient management. Training of BOG members in IGA initiatives and management will go a long way to address mobilization and development of self-sustaining resources in project YPs.
- Inadequate sports infrastructure denies project YPs the benefit of activated learning that sports/games bring about in the student body. Provision of sports items and organization of Inter-YP sports competitions will improve the learning experience in project YPs.
- HIV&AIDS is fatalistic and has no known cure. Youth are the most vulnerable group. Creation of awareness is inevitable to prevent HIV infection.
- Good environment translates to healthy living. It is inevitable that youth internalize the practice of environmental conservation to assure healthy living, as a way of life.
Through civic Education:
This programme will aims at enabling Youth to take up political roles more so at the grass root level. With the introduction of the new constitution HMDS recognized the need to equip youth with the necessary skills to enable them to participate fully in the electoral process not just as voters but as candidates
Income Generating Activities (IGAs):
The project will build and are run small businesses such as fish ponds, poultry rising, small scale sugar cane/maize growing, Greenhouse farming and milk sales.
HMDS NEXT STOP AFTER RIFT VALLEY PROJECTS: KAKAMENGA COUNTY – WESTERN KENYA.
The project is expected to start immediately we have a willing donor to partner with – particularly those supporting Vocation Education, Youth and Women.
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The headquarters of Kakamega County is Kakamega town. The county had a population of 1,660,651 according to the 2009 census ﬁgures. It lies 50km north of Kisumu. The county has seven administrative divisions: Kabras, Shinyalu, Navakholo, Lurambi, lkolomani, lleho and Municipality. The county lies within an altitude of 250-2000m. The average temperature in the county is 22.50 C most of the year. Local inhabitants are mostly Maragoli of the Luhya tribe, whose economic activity is mainly farming.
Kakamega is largest sugar producing company; Mumias Sugar is located in Mumias within the county. Kakamega gold rush occurred in the early 1930, fueled partly by the reports of the geologist Albert Ernest Kitson. Kakamega was also a major filming location in the box office blockbuster “Ernest Saves Christmas” starring Jim Varney.
Kakamega Forest Reserve, in Shinyalu Division of Kakamega District, is a world famous equatorial rainforest known for its diversity of bird and insect life. Its uniqueness makes conservation its top priority. A visit to the forest will give you a feel of what the Amazon looks like. The forest is a natural wonder that has a large variety of indigenous trees as well as species of different animals and bird life. This rain forest, which is the only one in Kenya, covers 240 km and has many different types of plants and species of butterflies, many of which can only be found here. The indigenous Mysopsis Eminee, locally known as Mama Mutere(Murere), has a multitude of medicinal qualities that are believed to help cure ailments such as prostate cancer and stomach aches. The timber is very valuable and consequently, this tree has become an endangered species over the years. The climate is very wet with over 200 -700mm of rain annually.
The town of Kakamega is situated on the edge of world renowned rainforest, not far from Lake Victoria. Along with its exceptional natural beauty, Kakamega offers an authentic representation of East African village life. Yet, two-thirds of the region’s population falls below the poverty line. Basing on 47 counties in Kenya Kakamega has been ranking the poorest County in Kenya - Socio-Economic Atlas of Kenya 2014. The County contributes 4.8 per cent to National poverty with poverty incidence stands at 49.2 per cent. The report further shows that the county has 809,500 people living below poverty line. The county relies on water and land resources surrounding their communities for livelihood. With seventy-five percent of the workforce engaged in agriculture, they farmers face growing problems of soil erosion, deforestation, water pollution, and desertification. The situation with HIV/AIDS is particularly striking in the Kakamega region, where awareness levels remain low. Lack of technical skill to the youth has been a factor that contributed to the County being poorer and it is with this situation that has called upon HMDS to plan to shift here Youth Polytechnic – Vocation Training program to be undertaken in the County in near future. We have concept Note on the same where donor community and the Government of Kenya has been asked to contribute for it to successes.
The Objectives of the Project
The main objective was to have trained youth who are employable, productive, self-reliant and responsible members of society. The specific objectives were:
- Reinforcement of youth polytechnics through provision of learning and teaching facilities; tools, equipment, textbooks and computers
- Career upgrading of instructors and capacity-building of Board of Governors (BoG) members
- Establishment of girls’ clubs, guidance and counseling, and Income-generating projects
- Entrepreneurship training and start-up aid to ex-trainees
- Promotion of sports, provision of sports materials and organization of sports events
- Raising awareness on HIV&AIDS
- Environmental Conservations.
The other Projects Targeted in The County:
Civic Education on Youth and Women- Their Rights to participate in Voting
The civic education will base on matters of: importance of participation in Voting and having a National Identification Card. This new format of training ensures that the participants not only keep the information to themselves but pass it on to others and also act on it appropriately.
The workshops will be held every month at the ward level. Local leaders such as women group leaders, religious leaders, CBO leaders are trained at the workshops and thereafter they form civic education coordinators. The civic education coordinators will be formed to ensure that information gained at the workshops is passed on to other community members. They will also ensure that participants and the local community are able to interact with local government officials and report cases of corruption, human rights abuse to the relevant Authorities.
Article 81(b) of the new constitution maintains a one third requirement for either gender in all elective bodies. This means that for all elective bodies, one third of their composition must be women; Article 91(f) states that every political party must respect and promote gender equality and equity in its composition.
The new Kenyan constitution promised solutions to Kenya’s problems one of them being gender discrimination. Once the constitution was adopted in 2010, women across the country became aware of the new opportunities this new dispensation was bringing to them.
Women empowerment is another focus area of the HMDS project and is geared towards educating women on their political rights, roles and responsibilities. This programme aims at enabling women to take up political roles more so at the grass root level- Kakamega County in this regard. With the advent of the new constitution HMDS recognized the need to equip women with the necessary skills to enable them to participate fully in the electoral process not just as voters but as candidates. The same will apply to Youth in the County. Through, the Women Groups, Youth Groups and other Youth Institutions we will be in a position to meet them and train.
Youth and Women Empowerment Projects - Income Generating Activities- Revolving Funds among the Groups.
The project will build and are run small businesses such as fish ponds, poultry rising, milk sales and Handcraft making. HMDS will provide revolving funds to the groups where each member of the group will be able to borrow money for his or her project activity. The funds will be return to group and another member again is in a position to borrow.
The project will also organizing community service, focusing on environmental conservation, building and reinforcing peace groups, local garbage collection, and educating community on how they can get reliable water for their communities through rain water harvesting from their homes.
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