Youth empowerment project bears fruit

03May 2016
Ndeninsia Lisley
The Guardian
Youth empowerment project bears fruit

OVER 1,000 Dar es Salaam youth have benefited from the Youth Economic Empowerment (YEE) project which trained the youth in different fields including customer care, hospitality, hotel management and basic motor vehicle mechanics.

Youth need to be empowered

Most of the beneficiaries came from Buguruni, Vingunguti and Sandali wards in the metropolitan city of Dar es Salaam.

YEE project is being implemented by Plan International and funded by the National Bank of Commence (NBC) to the tune of 651.3m/-.

Plan International senior programme manager Simon Ndembeka said the project is aimed at empowering youth economically by empowering them with technical skills.

Speaking yesterday in Dar es Salaam when revealing the project assessment, Ndembeka said; “55 per cent of 1220 trained youth are now employed in different sectors while others are self-employed.”

“This project has managed to transform the behaviours of youth from risk environments and managed to improve their livelihood and that of their families,” he attested.

“We collaborated with Future World College where youth were getting training through Basic Employability Skills Training model (BEST),” he went on to say.
According to him, the project enables youth to realize their rights and potential to basic education for sustainable livelihoods.

He elaborated that, the initiative is aimed at improving income and household resilience among vulnerable households through the application of new employment and income generation skills.

He said the project also enabled youths to form 30 Youth Saving and Loan Associations (YSLA) with a total of 20m/- in saving already.

“The groups enable them to save and access loan for improving their livelihoods by opening small businesses,” he noted.

He said the project targets youth aged 18-35 from marginalized families within the three wards and is also gender balanced.

“The project started in 2013 and will end in September this year... we were taking youth from six different batches of about 200 youth each,” he said.
“We were working with local government authorities to get youths who qualify for the training,” he added.

On her part, Sandali ward executive officer Engerasia Lyimo said the project has helped reduce unemployment in her ward.
“The project has helped reduce the number of unemployed youth, crime and early pregnancies,” she said.

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