Unemployment is very common in Kibera and many to turn to informal work, where profits are low and the work is both risky and irregular. At CFK, we aim to equip men and women with the tools that they need to be productive members of society.
While entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of Kibera, not all young people want to be entrepreneurs. Some desire the stability of traditional employment. Our Work Readiness Program seeks to build both technical and leadership skills and provide mentorship for youth seeking permanent, full-time employment.
We are investing in technology initiatives to empower a generation of youth, especially girls. The Girls Training Center is a cornerstone of our technology initiative and was created exclusively for girls interested in learning information technology. In partnership with other digital partners, our computer lab programs offer girls training in different aspects of multimedia, web and graphic design, online research and coding in different languages.
Our initiative develops the whole girl: educating her mind, supporting her health, and helping her secure future success. Beyond computer skills, girls learn about entrepreneurship and life skills – including topics like marketing and branding to self-esteem and confidence to reproductive health and wellness.