Program for Girls and Young Women
Livelihood Skills Development Project:
AHIP Vocational training centre is aimed at improving the economic condition of women and youths for a better health. This is achieved through livelihood skills development which include training in tailoring, knitting, tie & dye, soap & pomade making and financial literacy. Basic health and basic literacy are also included in the scheme. This program targets single, divorced and married girls. A section of the centre is for boys learning tailoring, carpentry, welding, basic health and basic literacy. Each participant is taken through a Vocational skills training, Small scale business and entrepreneurship development skills, Home management skills, Health management skills, Negotiation skills training. AHIP trains all its students to become peer health educators towards the end of each programme.
This project is on-going
Young people are encouraged to develop their entrepreneurship potential. This is done through introductions to a culture of entrepreneurial thinking and how to imbibe the right qualities such as being Disciplined, Confident, Open Minded, a Self Starter, Competitive, Creative, Determinated, having Strong people skills, Strong work ethic and, Passion.
The continuing learning centre encourages young people to take up remedial classes especially those who need to be reintegrated into school systems. Some of them finished secondary school but were not able to make their papers, others were dropouts, and some off the girls were withdrawn from school to get married but still interested in continuing with their education. The unit recruits teachers from the National Youth Corps and volunteers from other schools.
Gender specific Leadership Training
Youth leaders training was done in collaboration with the AMANITARE Network for Adolescent Reproductive Health this was done over three years. The rationale behind the training was that if youth leaders are trained, they will apply and/or pass on the knowledge, and advocate for improved adolescent sexual and reproductive health, budgeting for youth friendly services, and youth inclusion in national development. The objectives of the trainings were as follows;
- To empower youth leaders with factual information and life skills to enable them make informed decisions.
- To equip youth leaders with strategies of reaching out to their peers and respective communities.
- To improve the quality of life of young people through provision of access to information and effective communication that will help them to adapt to life changes and make responsible decisions concerning their life.
- Empower to understand the benefits of budgeting for youth programs and health
This Project has been concluded but mentoring, support and follow up are on-going.