YOUTH EMPOWERMENT IN THE SLUMS
From left at the dais, Dr. Nelson Githnji Dir, General NY, Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, Dep, Gov Jonathan Mueke, Devolution C.S Ms. Anne Waiguru, Kiambu Gov. William Kabogo among other stakeholders.
After the success of the slum upgrading in Kibera late last year, the president has rolled out the programme in a much larger scale that will see NYS in 4 more slums. 3 in Nairobi County being Mukuru kwa njenga, Korogocho, Mathare and Kiandutu slums in Kiambu county.
The concept that was piloted in Kibera will be rolled out in each of the four slums, i.e Each village will recruit 3500 community youth to work under NYS servicemen, they will earn a wager and still come up with development projects. Each of the slums, have been divided into villages, In Mathare there are 12 villages in Mukuru kwa Njenga there are 8 and in Korogocho there are 9, in Kiandutu there are 9. Each of the villages will get, a beyond zero clinic, a police post, fish tanks, 6 ablotion blocks in each, each house hold will in turn receive agriculture sacks that they can grow vegetables in, all access ways, footpaths, road and bridges that were pre-existing will be repaired and a major revamp on better roads in and out of the slums.
This however cannot be achieved without stakeholders on board. Other ministries such as the ministry of transport and Infrastructure, ministry of Energy and Petroleum, ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, ministry environment, water and natural Resources, ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development, ministry Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, ministry of Health and our own mother ministry in conjunction with the county governments will be important to fully achieve all the targets.
The president spoke passionately to the young people in his speech to the young people who will soon be engaged in these slums. He promised to be pro-active in what will be happening, as a group of young men in Mathare received support from youth fund to expand their business at the request of the president to the youth fund chairman Mr. Bruce Odhiambo.
With Kibera upgrading project running at the same time, this will bring a total of 5 slums, more than 16,000 youth and a million plus households will be impacted. 2015 will be a year for young people in this country thanks to the president.
H.E Uhuru Kenyatta flags off the informal settlements upgrading projects.
To the naked eye the rebranding and restructuring of the Kenya National Youth Service may seem new, fresh and exciting. However for those who have closely followed the intricate process that has been the new beginning of NYS it is clear that it has been a very deliberate process and extremely well thought out; resulting in unprecedented results.