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The project aimed to progressively empower Kenyan youth, particularly in the social, political and economic spheres, such that they can lead more meaningful lives now and in the future. Key focus areas include substance abuse and prostitution in both urban and rural areas.
The project has targeted 600 kids and teenagers from the Mukuru slums in the Nairobi area. In awareness-creation workshops, beneficiaries were educated on the dangers of underage drinking, alcoholism, drug addiction, and prostitution. The courses included medical checkups and the disbursement of food, drinks, and medicines.
Counselling sessions were also held with those affected being referred to rehabilitation centres. Further assessments were then held to identify key strengths, talents, and interests, with individuals then joining groups focused on business startup and development, driving, auto-repair, masonry, and various other compatible vocational pursuits.
The Ksh4.4 million granted by Lotto Foundation was invaluable in providing 400 youths from the target group with counseling, vocational training programmes, and financial empowerment.