Participating Project

Project information

Voactional training for marginalised Kenyan youth

Young people in Kenya are often exposed to high risk situations; early marriage/pregnancy, prostitution, crime and poverty. So, they struggle to access formal education.

Our vocational training project helps students deal with past traumas and provides practical skills training for employment.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Vision Africa

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  • Need


    Our Seed of Hope (SoH) vocational training centres aim to solve the problems of poverty, high unemployment and gender inequality in Kenya. The attendance ratio for secondary education in Kenya is 44%. 69% of students at SoH were "idle at home" before joining SOH. Poverty puts vulnerable young people in high risk situations such as early marriage or pregnancy, survival sex/prostitution or crime. Poverty and the trauma of growing up in poverty means some young people can't access education.


    Our Seed of Hope programme supports 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 carpentry. Students also pursue personal development courses to build their self-esteem and help them to deal with the trauma they are left with as a result of growing up in very challenging circumstances.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase opportunities for employment or self-employment


    » Vocational Training offered to young people

    What success will look like

    Surveys and interviews 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, training and capacity building to prepare young people for employment and self-reliance

    What success will look like

    Surveys and interviews for students and graduates to find the proportion of graduates that are supporting themselves financially

    Aim 3

    To support vulnerable young people to overcome past trauma and fulfil their potential


    » Provide counselling and personal development courses to support young people to overcome trauma and move on with their lives.

    What success will look like

    Focus groups and interviews with students and graduates to asses self-esteem, self-worth, confidence and ability to engage with work.

    Aim 4

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


    » Provision of personal development courses to build community awareness and training to enable young people to employ themselves and others

    What success will look like

    Surveys for graduates and community members to find the number of graduates engaging other local young people through mentoring training or employment

  • Impact


    This project will see an increase in youth employment and self-employment in the communities where the project operates and will increase graduates' ability to support themselves and their families. Graduates often go on to fund the education of younger siblings and their own children, as well as providing employment opportunities for other young people.

    This will be demonstrated though our framework of reporting, monitoring and evaluation which includes regular impact assessment.


    The greatest risks the Seed of Hope project faces is our ability to ensure the continuity of our staff and ongoing funds. We ensure staff continuity through regular check-ins with staff, providing opportunties for staff development, appraisal and 360 feedback.

    We ensure ongoing funds for the project through the creation and implementation of a robust fundraising plan which considers a range of income streams.


    We will provide termly (three times a year) report of our activities at Seed of Hope including impact statistics, course updates and personal stories of students and graduates. There will be links to videos and blogs which will provide more in depth detail.

  • 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 £2,200 Conditional
  • Background


    Seed of Hope operates in 3 centres in Kenya where there are high levels of youth unemployment and a lack of affordable high school education. We have a centre near in an urban slum area of Nairobi, one in Murang’a County and one in Kitui County. In our rural areas 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.


    This project will benefit 50 young people across our Seed of Hope centres. 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 also help the community due to graduates going onto inspire, train and employ other young people. SOH will also benefit families with 89% of our graduates able to financially support their families.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Vision Africa has supported young people in Kenya since it was founded in 2001. 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 that provides the personal support, training and skills needed to be confident, self-reliant adults and respected members of society.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mary Mwangi

    Mary is our Programmes Manager at Vision Africa Kenya, she oversees the success of all our projects in Kenya.

    Sherry Waweru

    Sherry is our Impact Assessment Officer, she is responsible for gathering impact data and case studies to demonstrate the impact of our projects.

    Vic Hancock Fell

    Vic is our UK Director and oversees all of our work including project management oversight in Kenya and maintaining donor relationships in the UK.

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