By Loise Wambugu
Over 5,000 youth in Mukurweini constituency recovering from alcoholism and drugs addiction are set to benefit from partnerships between the National Government Constituency Development Fund and financial institution from the area that will see them acquiring technical courses in the technical and vocational training college’s for free.
The program dubbed tujiajiri will see youth get skills in technical courses and later get seed money to help them establish life sustaining business .
Speaking during the launch of the program at Kihate village in Mukurwe-ini, area Member of Parliament John Kaguchia said that the Constituency’s NGCDF will spend ksh 500,000 while the foundation will match the same amount to ensure 1000 youths are absorbed in TVETS each year.
“As a constituency we want to supper these youths to acquire courses such as welding,plumbing,carpentry among others ,this will ensure that they are able to earn a living and also stop engaging in vices such as alcoholism and drugs abuse among others which end result is death,” said Kaguchia.
Kaguchia said that each year he will be setting up such an amount to ensure youth in his constituency are not among the growing list of those who are becoming social misfits.
“We want the youth in Mukurweini to be self sustaining.Infact we want them to benefit in the housing project being launched by Kenya Kwanza government since only those with skills will be absorbed once it’s launched.
Carol Wanjiru head of KCB foundation said that once the beneficiaries are trained,the bank will unlock seed capital for them establish life supporting businesses that will make them self sustaining.
“Once they are through with their courses we will give them seed capital to enable them start businesses ,for instance if they are trained in beauty we will give them funds to start a salon so that they do not engage in alcoholism,” said Wanjiru.
She said that similar programs will be duplicated in constituencies where Members of Parliament will be willing to partner with them in order to benefit a lot of young people who are jobless back in the villages.