Changing the Lives of Youth: Engineering for Life

CRVPF uses the cluster approach where 3 – 5 organizations operate in the same geographical area jointly implementing projects. Our programs –Prevention of Violence Against Children (PVAC); the Adolescent Girls Power Program (AGPP); the Youth and Capacity Development Program (YCD) and the Emergency Program are strategically interconnected across the four countries of our operations Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. At the core of these programs, is the empowerment of youth through livelihoods support.

“Currently, I am a proud owner of a mechanics shop, and I repair vehicles. I learned these skills after enrolling at YAN innovation center which trains youth in different vocational skills. In this training I learnt how to drive because a good mechanic ought to be a good driver. I also gained knowledge on how to operate different vehicles, how to source for genuine spare parts and how to replace them. We were also trained in soft skills such as customer care, offering after-sales services, good communication, and bookkeeping. I did my internship in a garage near our training premises. In May 2022, I was among the candidates that YAN chose to support with startup kits which had spare parts, big batteries, tyres, and tool kits. YAN also got me a mechanic store and paid my rent of three months. In a day I serve at least three to five customers. My supervisor from the garage where I did my internship mentors me and advises me regularly whenever I need support. My dream is to be a senior mechanic, have my own garage and be able to train other young people in my community.”