The ongoing economic and empowerment program spearheaded by Humanitarian organisation Kenya Red Cross Society has positively transformed the lives of many youth within Mombasa County.
Kenya Red Cross Society Mombasa Branch Chairman Mahmoud Noor said the economic program has enabled youth groups within the county to embrace self-reliance and deter from drugs and crime.
Addressing various youth groups and stakeholders at the Serani grounds in Mombasa during handing over of start-ups to over 8 youth groups, Mr. Noor said the youth have shown dedication and most of them want to expand their projects and absorb their peers.
According to Noor the program that has been going on for almost three years now apart from engaging the youth in business activities, it has also instilled humanity and self-esteem among the youth.
“Our focus is reformed groups who were once entangled in criminal activities. We gave them start-up stocks and they ventured into business. It is evident that this program has tamed the crime rate in Mombasa,” noted the renowned youth mentor and activists.
[Mombasa Deputy Governor Dr. William Kingi (close right) and KRCS Mombasa Branch Chairperson Mahmoud Noor (in Red Cross jacket) handing over Bodaboda to the youth. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
The European Union funded project has immensely changed the lives of the youth by challenging them to initiate their own income generating projects, expand them and employ their peers.
Through the Conflict Prevention, Peace& economic Opportunities for the Youth in Kenya program, beneficiary have completely deterred from crime and embraced business and positive activism towards disentangling their peers from social evils as well.
In Old town area within Mombasa island and Mtongwe in Likoni Sub-County, the beneficiaries who received fishing boats worthy more than a million shillings each have engaging in commercial fishing activities, some groups engaging in gas supply within their locality and beyond, while others are doing poultry rearing.
During the handover of the start-ups among them Boda boda, printing and imaging machines, vacuum cleaner hoovers among other goods youth were urged to venture into serious income generating activities and shun crime and drug use.
Noor said the youth will benefit more from various government initiatives geared towards uplifting their lives if they show dedication, hard work and transparency.
“Very minimal groups encountered challenges and shut but that should not distract us from carrying on with our efforts to uplift the living standards of our youth,” noted the KRCS Mombasa County board chairperson.
[Youth receiving printing machines from KRCS Mombasa Branch Chairperson Mr. Mahmoud Noor (in blue shirt. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
One of the beneficiaries Bomani Likoni youth group that is supplying diapers in bulky said the project has transformed their lives.
“Women give birth every day and they need this products that why we supply them at their door steps,” said the group Chairman Abdallah Bempa.
Bempa said they are aiming at expanding their project and open second wholesale branch in the same Likoni Sub-county.
“We want to add tissue papers and sanitary pads in our project,” he said.