Charity Vision Africa have released a video testimonial from Naomi, one of the Seeds of Hope graduates who is now self sufficient and supporting her family.
Seed of Hope is Vision Africa’s vocational training programme with four centres located in Nairobi, Kisii, Kitui and Murang’a.
80% of the programmes’ students are girls, the majority of whom have not had the opportunity to attend secondary school.
Seed of Hope works with destitute young people who have been exposed to high-risk situations including child marriage, child prostitution, familial abuse and extreme poverty.
Students can access counselling and training in life skills, business skills and vocational skills including fashion design, motor vehicle mechanics, hair and beauty therapy, basic computer packages and homeware management on courses which vary in length from 6 months to 2 years.
“I am a young girl with my own business so people respect me. I provide for my family and take care of my parents’ needs.” – Sylvia, 2012 Seed of Hope graduate
After the students have completed their training, Seed of Hope facilitates the launch of small businesses for graduates with the help of “Roots” which is managed by Seed of Hope and offers partial funding, consultation and support for the new businesses.
Through the establishment of their own small business, graduates are empowered to support themselves and their families and to reach out to their communities. This not only gives graduates a sense of achievement and enhanced self-esteem, it also helps break the vicious cycles of poverty and dependency.
Since 2002 Seed of Hope has witnessed more than 1,000 young people graduate from the programme.
To learn more about the Seed of Hope programme, please visit the Vision Africa website.