Mombasa, Kenya: There are now 120 more skilled youth in Mombasa. This is following the graduation of the first batch of 2000 youth being trained in interior design, marketing and painting.
The project by Rangi Africa in partnership with Mombasa County government seeks to train 120 youth every month for a year with such skills to enable them create employment rather than wait to be employed.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Rangi Africa Brand Ambassador, Douglas Omondi, said that the project targets every youth even those in remote parts of the county.
“We are targeting the youth at home, who say they have nothing to do, those who are doing drugs. Let them come out and join the program and be imparted with skills that will help them economically.”
Application forms can be accessed through the county ward offices.
“Right now, we already have forms for those who will be undergoing the training this month and classes start on seventh,” he added.
Youth Enterprise Fund chairman Ronald Osumba pledged sh.2.4 million for the youth to access for business purposes.
“Let them divide themselves in groups of five people each, come up with a business name and register it and follow all procedures required. Each group will be given sh.100,000 to start their business,” said Osumba during the ceremony.
Also at the graduation ceremony was Likoni Member of Parliament (MP), Mishi Mboko, who encouraged the youth to join such programs instead of relying on office jobs.
“I will meet those from Likoni constituency who graduated today, open for them a company, help them register and ensure that they comply with every requirement needed by the government to run their business,” said Mishi.
Also at the graduation, were, Nyali MP Mohammed Ali, his Mvita counterpart Abdulswamad Nassir and Jomvu MP Badi Twalib.
The legislators agreed to have painting contracts in their constituency done by the youth who have graduated from the program.