This project aims at increasing the economic productivity of youths in the community; and improve their livelihoods through sustainable income generating activities. It involves providing entrepreneurship development and capacity building activities to the youths and women in the community; rehabilitating youths involved in prostitution, drug abuse; and preventing others from engaging in such risky behaviors. Key project activities include cottage industrial skills training and business support.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Uganda has a big youth population, majority of whom are poor, and are unemployed. Most of these youths have resorted to drug abuse causing high prevalence rate of mental illnesses. The female youths resort to prostitution as a quick way of earning money. The local authorities and the entire government have no welfare and strong rehabilitation systems to cater for the plight of these young people. It is only the police who are ever on the lookout for the jobless and loitering youths
How will this project solve this problem?
This project will solve the problem through: – Initiating a youth-led cottage industry program for the making and selling of bread, fruit juice, detergents, crafts, and other ornaments. – Starting a youth-led businesses development program that will see the creation of 150 girl-led businesses. – Carryout youth rehabilitation activities for 100 youths addicted to alcohol, drug abuse, and prostitution. – Entrepreneurship training and support activities of 500 trainees in the country.
Potential Long Term Impact
I. Job creation for 500 youths, increased their economic productivity, and improved their livelihoods. II. Increased the capacity of rural youths to survive the vagaries and effects of drug abuse and prostitution. III. Averted the effects of drug abuse among the youth IV. Reduced the vulnerability of girls to HIV/AIDS.