Unemployment in Korogocho slum is high, with around 32% of the youths in the area having no source of income. Thanks to a grant from UN-Habitat, we were able to train 25 youths from the Mwamko families on construction-related skills.
The training included:
- Theoretical class sessions;
- Practical lessons consisting of a two-month attachment at leading housing projects around Nairobi, such as Housing Finance Corporation projects;
- Coursework in basic electrical work, painting, masonry and plumbing;
- Awarding of certificates as proof of qualification to undertake construction-related work.
The trained youth are now working in construction jobs across the city, gaining the much-needed income while sharpening their newly-gained skill.
This experience will come handy when we break ground on the homes for the Mwamko families, as they will be in a position to take part in the construction.
We have bought two (2) acres of land and secured the proper documentation and the permit to build from the Nairobi County Planning Development.
This purchase was made possible thanks to our London-based partners Commonwealth Housing Trust (CHT).
We have developed a home design and layout in readiness for construction.
The plan encompasses water harvesting and bio-digester systems as well as urban farming, particularly poultry keeping for subsistence and commercial use.
We are honoured to have sealed a number of partnerships with likeminded and commitment partners who have contributed financially or in-kind or both.
- Water supply: The Lotto Foundation has pledged to install water tanks and a water tower on the rehousing land already purchased.
- Training support: We were able to train 25 youths on construction skills through a partnership with ARC Skills and Sadolin Limited in conjunction with Alibhai Shariff Limited.
- Technical support: Tens of volunteers have come on board to volunteer their time and expertize, including two graduate engineers from the Technical University of Kenya.