279 students graduate their course in Jan-Jun 2022!

This has been yet another exciting 6 months for us in Kenya! From January to June this year 279 young people aged 14-25 (75% girls) have completed their technical vocational, or business skills, training course at our 3 Seed of Hope centres. They’ve gained the skills, qualification and confidence they need to secure a job or start a business, and be on the road to a life free from poverty.

 

In July the graduates at Seed of Hope Nairobi celebrated their graduation day. Graduates in Kariti and Kitui will return in December for their joint graduation and community celebration days with the next cohort of students.

This is only the second time we’ve enrolled students on our new condensed courses, which are half the previous duration. This cohort is already double the number of students we used to support in a year, and we’ve still got another cohort of students to join us for the next 6 months!

 

The course duration was changed in response to a community needs assessment in November 2020, where community members and prospective students said they couldn’t commit to a long full-time course as they needed to earn money to survive. We halved the length of our courses, by not aligning with school holidays, and introduced a new 2 month short course for those wanting to learn business, finance and computer skills without needing to learn a skilled trade.

 

This has resulted in an unprecedented enrolment in our courses and seen the highest number of students we’ve ever had.  In the year since this new course structure began in July 2021, 591 young people have graduated their courses at Seed of Hope. That’s almost the same as the previous 4 years combined!

 

Our added support, to remove any barriers young people face in being able to attend their lessons, is very popular and what sets us apart from other technical vocational training centres.  From January to June 2022:

 

  • 18,699 lunches have been provided, for many this is the only meal they’ll eat all day
  • Bags of rice have been given out every Friday since October 2021 to support the families of 200 students suffering from the drought and huge increase in food prices (3rd photo below)
  • 2,037 individual counselling sessions have been given to students to help them cope with past trauma and wellbeing issues. This is alongside the daily group counselling sessions offered as part of the Life Skills sessions
  • 55 young mothers have been given a weekly childcare voucher to enable them to arrange suitable childcare so they can attend their lessons (2nd photo below)
  • 2,765 packs of sanitary packs have been given out to girls (a pack every month) to ensure being on their period doesn’t stop them from attending their lessons (1st photo below)
  • 46 graduates in Kitui has used our new Educational Business Hub to run their businesses from, making use of the tools, equipment and computers available for free to help them get their business started.

Thank you to each and every one of our kind donors for making all of this possible.

 

It costs, on average, just £22 a month for a student to attend one of our courses and receive all the support.  Could you consider a one off, or monthly, donation towards a young person’s new future, free from poverty?