ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE IN LINE WITH THE 5-POINT VISION
With the re-launch of the National Youth Service after 50 years, The service has successfully managed to recruit and train 10,740 young men and women who had their pass-out on 23rd of April 2015.
This being the largest number that has been recruited and trained successfully in any disciplined force. The young men and women will provide a task force for the country.
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT IN INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS
During the last 6 months, NYS has engaged over 3,600 community youth. To this end, economic empowerment has taken centre stage to ensure sustainable human development across the country. With the daily wage of Khs.471 that the community youth earn every day, they have been organized into SACCOs where they are saving 30% of their daily wages for the period of time they are contracted to execute development projects. Through the creation of Bankable Institutions and Saving Practices the youth have been encouraged to venture into self-employment and establish enterprises to generate additional income. As a result, the Kibera community youth have saved 45 million with an anticipated increase in savings to the tune of Kshs.90 Million
In a bid to restore human dignity and improve sanitation standards in Kibera, NYS servicemen in collaboration with the community youth have built a total of 96 ablution blocks that are connected to sewer line. On the other hand, the crime rate has reduced by 75% after the construction of 9 police posts across Kibera. To date 9 Beyond Zero clinics have been established to provide maternal and child health care that is expected to improve the mortality rate in this informal settlement.
To ensure food security is sustained for the residents of Kibera, more than 13,000 urban agriculture sacks have been set up to facilitate the growth of kale. Similarly 9 Posho mills have been constructed to ensure the residents have access to affordable maize meal. In similar fashion 72 fish tanks across Kibera will provide lower prices as compared to the market prices. The NYS initiated projects will be handed over to the community youth to ensure sustainability.
Access roads and pathways have been laid, 3.5 km of road linking the slum to Mbagathi way has been laid to bitumen standards and lit up by the state owned Kenya Power and Lighting Company. This has created an enabling environment for business by providing access and security at any hour day or night.
In the second phase of this programme -four other settlements- namely: Mathare, Korogocho and Mukuru Kwa Njenga informal settlements and Kiandutu in Kiambu County were launched in January 2015. Moreover 3500 youth in each settlement are engaged in development projects while earning an income. These additional four informal settlements are a progression of the successful pilot project in Kibera targeted to improve infrastructure and livelihoods of all residents in these informal settlements.
Upon completion of the youth empowerment project in the informal settlements, NYS aspires to have accomplished; the construction of 228 ablution blocks connected to 17.5 km of Sewer lines, 38 built and completed model houses and Posho mills and placement of 304 fish tanks. In addition to these, the fabrication and setting up of 38 Beyond Zero health clinics, 38 police posts and placing of urban agriculture 85,014 urban agriculture sacks across the settlements. Similarly the construction of 13.44 Km of access road up with 52 high mast security floodlights equipped with 400Watts LED lights.
The Ministry of Devolution and Planning through National Youth Service’s (NYS) Youth Empowerment and Youth Re-Socialisation Programme, is currently undertaking vector control exercises in Nairobi and Homa Bay County for Mosquitoes and Tsetse flies. This is in a bid to provide disease free zones.
Spraying of Malaria prone areas in Kibera has helped reduce the cases of malaria cases among the residents.
In Lambwe Homabay, the tse tse fly eradication teams have achieved 100% coverage of Homabay county and 75% coverage of Runa national park. A total of 371 youth have been engaged in the vector control project. In addition 30% of cattle at household level have been sprayed as well. This has helped to empower small scale farmers through livestock improvement.
The service so far has built 188 dams and water pans completed Dams in 16 counties across the country, predominantly in Arid and Semi Arid areas (ASAL).
NYS has set out to complete 1,200 dams and water pans by 2017, these dams and water pans will contribute towards a nationwide target of 5,500 dams and water pans. This will be achieved by a partnership between the ministry of Devolution and Planning and the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT THROUGH JOB CREATION
The government recently reached an inter-governmental agreement with UAE which will see jobs provided for 100,000 ex-NYS servicemen and women. The 1st group of 10,000 has been selected and is expected to soon leave for UAE.
NYS ON SECURITY
Through a partnership with the Ministry of Interior, NYS will join other security agencies in the construction of border security buffer zones. The 200km wall along the Kenya Somali border will aid in the control of Kenya’s volatile border.
NYS IN TURKANA
NYS has set out to undertake drilling, casing, installation of pumps and water reticulation infrastructure for the establishment of bore holes in two locations in Turkana County namely; Napuu village and Lokitipi. So far drilling in Napuu village is complete where potable water has been struck.
NYS will also be involved in the construction of 200 police housing in Kiambu County.
NYS has undertaken these initiatives to enhance the sustainability of the service which present additional opportunities for the NYS service men and women who graduate from Vocational Training Institutes. This training enriches and empowers the youth to provide a poll of skilled human capital for various industries of our diversified economy.
Biometric Registration of All Community Youth (Cohorts)
Engaged under the NYS Youth Empowerment Programme
The NYS has launched the biometric registration of all Community Youth engaged under the NYS Youth Empowerment Programme. The exercise commenced on Thursday 28th January 2016 from 8:00 am in all 69 Constituencies where the Programme had been running and will continue until completed in the next six days.