By Okoth Peter.
Africa Centre for Women Information and Communication (ACWIT), an organization that assists children from vulnerable communities pursue their dreams has sponsored training of local youths in three Vocational Training institutions in Busia County.
Under Ngazi Youth Empowerment Project, the youth are trained on vocational skills, ICT, life skills and entrepreneurship.
According to Ngazi Youth Empowerment Project Manager, Ms. Beatrice Idiama, the main objective of Ngazi is to enhance youths’ active participation in their communities through enhancing advocacy work and supporting social initiatives for the benefit of their communities.
Currently, Ngazi, one of ACWIT programmes operates in Busia and Trans Nzoia Counties giving assistance to the youth from needy families.
“Our Busia project has targeted Busia Township Youth Polytechnic, Nangina and Amase,” she said. “The Busia Polytechnic has 51 students, Nangina 57 and Amase 20 who have benefitted from our assistance,” she added.
She said that the beneficiaries select courses of their choice but they must also be ready to do Entrepreneurship, Life skills and ICT.
Being the final cycle of the three-year project, Idiama says that each group is normally given an opportunity to write and present business plan and the one that wins is given kits to enable them start their own business.
The winners are encouraged to make good use of the start-up kits to realize good economic returns.