Walk, run, cycle or move 80km / 50 miles with our Step Up September challenge!
September means back to school in the UK, but 1.5 million young people under 25 in Kenya are out of the formal education system and unemployed, living in poverty.
Young people, particularly young girls, are at high risk of exploitation including rape, child marriage and teenage pregnancy. They’re also more likely to be coerced into drugs and crime.
‘With no other options for education or work, I turned to sex work to put a roof over my head. As a street girl, I was harassed and abused by the big boys and I became pregnant. I thought about committing suicide as I felt like this life has no meaning and my child’s life would be even more tragic than mine.’
– Seed of Hope student
Our Seed of Hope training and business skills programme is there for young people when they are at a crucial crossroads in their lives, which will determine their future. For £11 a month we can provide them with a training course to give them the skills, qualifications and confidence they need to secure a job or start a business and build a secure future, free from poverty. Can you help young people take this path?
Step Up and support a young person to access a free Seed of Hope training and business skills course to set them up for a happy, safe, financially stable future. All young people deserve an opportunity to thrive, and you can be their Step Up.
This September can you Step Up and take on the challenge of walking, running, cycling or moving 80km / 50 miles? This is the distance between our Seed of Hope centres in the Dagoretti informal settlement (slum community) in Nairobi to the rural and remote centre in Kariti, Murang’a County. You can do a little bit every day, or go big at the weekends – do it your way, whatever works for you!
It’s so easy to get involved:
We’d love to know if you’re planning to get involved so please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know- she’s taking part too! We’d also love to share your challenge photos on social media so tag us or email them and we can share them!
Together we can make a difference, so let’s Step Up for young people in Kenya and allow them to have the opportunity to build a secure, happy future for themselves, free from poverty.
You will be supporting young people like Linet, who had an incredibly traumatic childhood, experiencing ongoing sexual abuse and becoming a mother of twins at an early age. Despite performing well at secondary school, before joining the Seed of Hope programme Linet struggled to make ends meet with no practical skills or opportunities for further education or training.
Linet joined Seed of Hope in 2019, completing a vocational training course and accessing mental health support through the programme. She graduated with a qualification in Fashion Design and is now a tailor at the company where she did her work experience. As well as supporting her twins, she is now able to send money to support her six siblings with their education and hopes to start her own business when she has saved enough.