Youth empowerment and development
Population of youths in Kenya aged 30 years and below comprises 75 percent of the total population. In this bracket also, are young people aged between 15- 24 years who make up 22 percent of the total population and who are undergoing period of transition from childhood to youth adulthood. This is a most critical period for them; a delicate and challenging period in which they are relying for support and guidance from their families, community, school and society at large. This is also a crucial period in which most life-altering actions and decisions take place in their lives; be it in school, relationships and marriage, sexual debut and also other risky behaviors.Tell me what are the prevailing sentiments that occupy the minds of your young men, and I will tell you what is to be the character of the next generation~ Edmund Burke 1729-1797
When this demographic bulge of young people is interpreted in the rural parts of Kenya; coupled with poor macroeconomic performance, a lack of labor market opportunities, an education system that suffers from problems of access, quality, and relevance, and a society that negates the self-expression of young people, a picture comes out of young people who are unable to translate their ambitions and aspirations into productive and fulfilling future. It is not surprising that of late there has been an upsurge of youths turning into criminal behaviors, violence, substance abuse, and commercial sex work. These vices have had negative repercussions on them and contributing greatly to the growing physical insecurity for society as a whole.
AHADI therefore exists to aid youths in rural areas in developing a sense of confidence and efficacy, a feeling of group solidarity, and an opportunity to participate in the collective process to impact the community. AHADI believes in empowering youths by facilitating them to forge partnerships with other groups in society; instilling a sense of ownership in the efforts to improve their well-being; and also by building their capacity to realize their aspirations and boost self-motivation. Youths also gain a sense of exercising power over their lives by being skilled, critically aware, and active in creating positive impact in their community.
To fulfill this, AHADI has come up with three broad objectives as follows:
- To provide youths with Skills: AHADI is going to empower youths with skills and knowledge so as to improve effective decision-making, positive peer interactions, and attains sources of income generation.
- Instill in the youths ability to think critical: To empower youths to identify information and resources necessary for analyzing issues that affect their lives, environments and their community, as well as strategizing on ways to act on them.
- Generate opportunities: To source and increase economic opportunities and create platforms for decision-making, participation, and taking action, that can result in positive impact in their lives and that of their community at large.