Project information

Seed of Hope - Skills Training

This project will provide one year of training at Vision Africa’s Seed of Hope centre in Murang’a for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students who have been exposed to risk of early marriage, prostitution, criminal activity and extreme poverty receive training in vocational, enterprise

January 2018 - December 2019

Charity information: Vision Africa - Give a Child a Future

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  • Need


    The Seed of Hope (SOH) aims to solve the problems of unemployment, gender inequality and difficulty in accessing education in Kenya. The attendance ratio for secondary education in Kenya is 44%. With unemployment for young people at 17% those that do attend secondary school are not always well equipped to secure employment. The situation is worse for girls 34% of the female population are married before reaching the legal age of 18 years and accept menial jobs to support their families


    Vision Africa’s Seed of Hope programme works with disadvantaged young people from rural areas and urban slums. Over a period of one to two years, students receive training in life skills, enterprise skills and vocational skills including fashion design, hair and beauty therapy, mechanical engineering and homecare management. Students also pursue personal development courses to build their self-esteem and help them face the realities of the harsh circumstances which have led them to join SOH

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    1)To increase opportunities for employment or self-employment


    » Vocational Training offered to young people

    Impact surveys for students and graduates to find the proportion of graduates who are in employment, self employment or further education

    Aim 2

    To increase financial self-sustainability for young people


    » Education and capacity building to prepare young people for employment and self-reliance

    Impact surveys for students and graduates to find the proportion of graduates that do not struggle to support themselves financially

    Aim 3

    To give young people the ability cater for needs of dependents and other family members


    » Provide services to those whose families would not ordinarily be able to afford the education and training needed for employment or self employment

    Impact surveys for students and graduates to find the proportion of graduates that are able to contribute financially to their families

    Aim 4

    To enable young people to act as agents of change and be positive influence in their community


    » Provision of personal development courses to build self esteem and the provision of training to enable young people to employ themselves and others

    Impact surveys for students and graduates to find the number of graduates engaging other local young people through mentoring training or employment

  • Impact


    By contributing to the training and development of 50 individuals this project will see a long term increase in youth employment and self-sustainability increasing their ability to contribute effectively to national development . Seed of Hope graduates often go on to fund the education of younger siblings and their own children, increasing their employment opportunities.
    This will be demonstrated with our framework of reporting, monitoring and evaluation which includes regular impact assessment


    The greatest risk the Seed of Hope faces is our ability to ensure the continuity of our staff


    A termly (3 times a year) updates for sponsors and supporters of Seed of Hope including impact statistics, course updates and personal stories.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,777

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      Amount Heading Description
      £458 Insurance Insurance
      £692 Feeding Programme Feeding Programme
      £231 Utilities Utilities
      £7,427 Salary Contributions Salary Contributions
      £138 Maintenance Maintenance
      £831 Education Education

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Sponsorship Programme £1,777 Conditional
  • Background


    Seed of Hope operates in 4 centres in Kenya where there are high levels of youth unemployment and a lack of affordable high school education. The Murang’a Centre is based in Kariti in Murang’a County. Kariti is a rural area about 70km from Nairobi, some of our students walk several kilometres to get to school. Many of our students are from families where the parents are struggling subsistence farmers– where possible we encourage parents to donate some of their produce to the feeding programme


    SOH will benefit 50 young people (mostly women) in Kariti. They come from disadvantaged backgrounds and are at risk of early marriage, prostitution, unemployment and extreme poverty. SOH will increase their opportunities for employment and financial sustainability. SOH will help the community due to graduates going onto inspire, train and employ other community members. SOH will also benefit families with 89% of our graduates now able to support their families.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Vision Africa has supported young people in Kenya since it was founded in 2001. Through our principles of provision protection and preparation, Vision Africa has over 1000 SOH graduates. Our experience, innovative outlook and local knowledge enable us to help to the most disadvantaged young people in the community. Through our Seed of Hope program we provide high quality education gives them the support, the training and the skills to be confident, , self-reliant adults with a bright future.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Margaret Mwangi

    Margaret is our new head teacher at Seed of Hope, prior to this she was our Fashion Design and Dressmaking teacher

    Florence Olwenge

    Florence is our Seed of Hope Administrator heads up the four Seed of Hope centres and ensures the curriculum is up to date.

Vision Africa - Give a Child a Future


£16 can train one student for a month

Seed of Hope has empowered me to know my worth and I have gained confidence to communicate well with people. Am no longer the shy girl who could not interact with my peers