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Project information

Female Skill Development in Slum Communities.

WORKAID in partnership with YWCA Nairobi will assist pre-assessed community, self-help & vocational training projects to provide practical skills training. This enables HIV/Aids widows & orphans to generate income & thereby empowering themselves, families and communities.

This project is part of an ongoing commitment by WORKAID to practical skills training in East Africa & the UK.

Charity information: Workaid

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  • Need


    Nairobi has the largest urban slum in Africa. Approximately 2.5 million people live in 200 settlements, representing almost 60% of Nairobi's population. Our experience shows that women, with their traditional family responsibilities, face above average challenges when trying to create a meaningful life for themselves and their dependants.


    The WORKAID / YWCA partnership will identify, assess and support vocational skills training groups. The training offered in areas such as tailoring, knitting machines, carpentry and leatherwork enables people to generate an income. Our experience both in Kenya and other countries has shown the benefits to be multi-generational: the older generation is cared for and the younger generation have the opportunity to stay in education for longer.BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give some of the most disadvantaged people the tools they need to learn a skilled trade.


    » Provide the tools and equipment that enables verified vocational training centres to provide effectively designed skills training courses.

    What success will look like

    Success will be people, particularly women/widows & girls, empowered to become financially independent and self-supporting.

  • Impact


    The benefits to financially empowering women in a community have been shown to reach much wider than just the individual. Linked to better quality of life for children & greater child survival rates leading to real sustainable change.
    Youths develop self-esteem & confidence helping them to realise their potential.
    The poor can be voiceless, powerless & vulnerable. Empowered people have the confidence to find their voice and speak up for their basic rights.


    This project carries minimal risk. WORKAID has been sending tools & equipment overseas since 1986 and is very experienced in managing and overseeing the transportation of items to developing countries.
    WORKAID has a strict policy of NOT sending funds overseas which can be at risk of mis-management or perhaps not reach those in real need. WORKAID sends practical items which are carefully tracked to ensure they end up in the hands of those who really need them.


    On receipt of equipment, apporved projects supply a report & photos to demonstrate the equipment in use. Regular reports continue to provide updates and a member of the UK WORKAID team will make an annual monitoring visit to Kenyato check on a selection of projects.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,550

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,250 Container Purchase of 1x 20ft container
      £2,800 Freight Freight & Shipping costs UK to Nairobi
      £500 Admin Contribution to project identification costs.
  • Background


    Target projects are located in and around the very extensive urban slum communities of Nairobi, Kenya.


    The target participants are primarily, but not exclusively women, orphans, street children, young people and the disabled.
    The need in Kenya stems from a poor economic situation exacerbated by low literacy rates and high levels of HIV/AIDS. More than half the population live close to or below the poverty line and average life expectancy is just 55 years.
    Frequently elder children are responsible for supporting their orphaned siblings.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    With 30 years of experience supporting vocational training groups across East Africa, WORKAID is well acquainted with the difficult logistics of freighting to developing countries, dealing with customs authorities etc.. During this time we have developed strong working relationships with partner organisations to ensure the safe & efficient delivery of the equipment.
    WORKAID is also very proud to have recently been awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service .

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Derek Moores

    Liason with YWCA in Nairobi. Derek has many years experience of working with charities in Kenya & a long association with WORKAID

    Sylvia Parrott.

    WORKAID UK based project co-ordinator responsible for assessing, evaluating and monitoring projects.

    Irene Kizito. YWCA Nairobi.

    Overseas partner- Identifying projects, overseeing and managing distribution of equipment in country.

WORKAID helps real people with real lives and has made a great difference to thousands of Kenyans.

Revd Franklyn Otwoma, Anglican Parish Priest in slum area of Nairobi.