How We Work
We collaborate with the influential spheres of young people; family, schools, churches, the workplace and the community to support young adults in their quest for social, economic independence and civic responsibility.
Our Focus Area
Education is key to the improvement of the lives of young people in all communities. It plays a pivotal role in eradicating poverty and bringing inclusive and equitable economic growth and sustainable development. Increased investments towards education accessibility, quality and affordability are vital to all community development efforts.
Our initiatives target vulnerable and less privileged young people in marginalized areas. Our activities include financing their education as well as promoting gender-sensitive educational infrastructure, materials and training programmes.
2. Sustainable Livelihoods
Young people are significantly affected by lack of employment opportunities and lack of life skills. They are unemployed or under-employed, unskilled and lack access to productive resources, hence, socially and economically vulnerable. This has a long-term negative impact that can be a catalyst to a vicious cycle of intergenerational susceptibility that limits young people from being self-reliant and independent.
In response to these challenges, we offer Vocational Training programs to promote young people’s talent. Our activities impart practical skills to young people and enhance their chances to get employment and create self-employment to improve their ability to provide for themselves and their families.
3. Gender Equality
Men and women have candidly different access to assets and opportunities in many societies. Nearly in all societies, women continue to endure a lower social and economic status than men. While poor and marginalized women experience the most extreme inequality, no society has fully achieved gender equality in areas such as economic and social representation. Even relatively privileged women still face discrimination in economic and social life by virtue of gender.
Gender inequality also reinforces violence against women and girls. Violence or the fear of violence causes trauma and limits women’s social and economic participation. It can have a lifelong impact on women and creates a significant strain on economies with escalating costs in health care, social services, policing and the justice system. The cost of excluding women is intolerably unjust and is the major barrier to full economic growth in most societies.
We focus on promoting girls and young women to participate actively, equally and effectively with boys and young men at all levels of social, educational, economic and cultural issues. We promote prevention of violence against women and girls through changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices in communities.
“Promoting gender equality is smart economics, and the right thing to do – we cannot transform our world unless the place of women within it is transformed”. Julie Bishop. Minister for Foreign Affairs (Australia)
4. Youth Rights
Young people undergo multiple forms of exclusion from development programs and activities. In societies led by inconsiderate adults, youth are less likely to be involved in decision-making processes and are made to adapt and not contribute. This is a result of social, economic and procedural barriers that prevent their participation. Exclusion does not only trample the human rights of young people but also has adverse effects on the cohesion and stability of the societies in which they live.
Our activities include offering access to information to the marginalized and less privileged youth by promoting communication that enables young people to express their needs and participate in making decisions on issues that affect them at all levels. We also raise awareness through engaging children and youth about constitutional rights.
5. HIV /AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health
Young people come across numerous and confusing information regarding Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) on a daily basis. Our SRH programme help children and young people navigate these messages, equip them with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values they need to determine and enjoy their sexuality physically and emotionally, individually and in relationships. Our initiative offers psychosocial support and counselling to young people in crisis. We target young people before they are sexually active and we also work diverse cohorts of young people such as young people living with HIV and young people who are also parents.
“Preparing children and young people for the transition to adulthood has always been one of humanity’s great challenges, with human sexuality and relationship at its core. Today, in a world with AIDS, how we meet this challenge is our most important opportunity in breaking the trajectory of the epidemic.”
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAID
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