When children and young people have been out of formal education for too lengthy a period and are unable to return (or don’t wish to do so), vocational training offers a practical solution. These young people can strengthen the skills and competencies that will provide an income and long term sustainable independent living. Training can be provided through apprenticeships (where these can be found) or through one of Glad’s House Enterprise schemes.
Glad’s House Enterprise Schemes provide training and subsequently employment for young adults. Our businesses include a cyber café, a bicycle repair shop, cobblers, sports shop, and a café .
We have also created an innovative programme in association with Vipingo Ridge Golf Resort, where 44 young people have been trained as caddies and now work full-time on the course. This project was partially funded by the European Tour and fully supported by the European Tour Caddies Association. Caddy Programme press release
All these businesses also act as income generators so as well as creating employment they contribute to the running costs of GH Kenya including our core team’s salaries. GH’s long term vision is for all our work in Kenya to be funded through these businesses enabling GH UK to focus on development and growth.
Our future plans include the possibility for a ‘micro-farm’ (see download); football manufacturing, brick-making (see download); a ‘community cooker’ (see download); a bakery (girls only); and possibly a laundry.