Raising Futures Kenya (UK) works with its partner in Kenya who run an award-winning technical skills training programme, called Seed of Hope. There are three Seed of Hope training centres. One in the urban Dagoretti slum in Nairobi, and two in rural, remote areas; Kariti in Murang’a County and Kangweni in Kitui County.
In response to high levels of unemployment and poverty, free or low-cost technical vocational training and business skills courses enable young people (aged 14-25) from marginalised communities to gain skills to secure employment or set up their own small business and become financially independent.
Because many students have had difficult life experiences leading to them dropping out of school, Seed of Hope Centres take a whole person approach, offering
- wellbeing sessions
- cooked lunches
- period packs
- life skills and empowerment sessions
- sessions addressing gender inequality
as well as a range of technical training courses. These include
- Fashion Design
- Motor Vehicle Mechanics
- Carpentry and Joinery
- Hair and Beauty Therapy
- Home Care Management
Each centre also offers a short course in Entrepreneurship, IT and Financial Literacy – everything you need to know to launch a small business.
Seed of Hope is inclusive and treats everyone with dignity, believing that every young person deserves an opportunity to build a secure, bright future.
“I realise now all the choices ahead of me. I know these choices are mine to make now. I look at my hands and know they can make money…Seed of Hope has made me feel free.” – Seed of Hope student 2022