Empowering youth in Kampala’s poorest slum areas
Kawempe Division is the most deprived notorious and densely populated slum area in Kampala capital city estimated to have a population of 90,000 people (According to a recent BRAC report). 82% are surviving with less than $2 USD a day. On average, each household has 3 school-age children. Large numbers of children in Kawempe Division are affected and infected with HIV/AIDS, many are orphaned and over 1,000 girls and women between the ages of 13 and 17 are engaged in the sex trade. A majority of these girls have their first baby at age 15. Literacy is very low, with more than 50% of residents having not attended primary school. About 65% of the population is under the age of 25. Kawempe’s economy is dominated by hawking, motorcycle taxis, food trading, petty crime and sex trade.
The project will also provide soft skills on ("how to make it in the contemporary business world") including sessions on how to start and grow your business, how to build and sustain trusting customer relationships, financial literacy and opportunities to social growth. In addition, the project will provide IT trainings to especially young female youth from underprivileged backgrounds, with particular emphasis on how to strategically use ICT (including Internet, new media, Web 2.0 and mobile technology) to market, expand and sustain their business ventures.
At the end of the trainings, VFSD will graduate the trainees, provide a certificate and start up capital either informs of finance or material.