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Enhancing peace and prosperity through enabling skills development and knowledge sharing among disadvantaged youth and women in Kenya.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Youth in our localities (area) are grouping themselves in violent groups of tribal and land dominance clashes, robbery and malicious activities then express their grievance through armed conflicts and confrontations. Women suffer the consequences of the social exploitation without understanding the paths and voices that seek for their dignity and justice. From our peace talks interventions in Mombasa Kenya, we realized this is caused by the youth (male and female) being idle, school dropout at lower education levels, being dissatisfied with their lives, unhappy, unfulfilled individuals, poor social relations, over driven by political regimes and traditional values which do not give them an opportunity to self-actualize. Therefore, vulnerable categories to violence radicalization recruiters are the youth and women who seek for another chance in a new life, or seek sense of justice in revenge and have a distorted view of justice. Therefore, through WUPP we seek to be pathfinders for peace and prosperity of the grassroots communities by encouraging issues based dialogues as opposed to propaganda, collaborative seminars with different stakeholders will be employed to bring certain kinds of social change through knowledge sharing, and development of Basic employability skills training which include: Tailoring, International computer driving license (ICDL) proficiency, Baking and Pastry, Plumbing, Electrical wiring, Fabrication and Welding with Entrepreneurship as cross cutting subject and innovation projects. Women only classes will be introduced and extra activities including peace building focus groups discussions, radio talks, video shows, sports and business competitions.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

The project beneficiaries will include community members in 6 constituencies of Mombasa County Kenya. Specifically: • The women and youth survivors of human exploitation and or violent groups psych social support and vocational and peace building skills to advocate for peace • The women and school dropouts through social self help groups, Entrepreneurship training and exposure to business pitching competitions for peace and prosperity • Religious teachers and preachers capacity built through seminars building community resilience against violence extremism in Mombasa • School children and students in higher learning institutions or vocational centres through focused group discussion , seminars and competition achieve enhanced cohesion and integration in Mombasa • Families of the beneficiaries enhancincing human dignity and promote cohesion and integration in communities • Citizens of Mombasa County in general

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Safe learning space for women & watching training videos. Training women privately is not a practice of existing vocational training institutions in Mombasa, which brings about great impact when it comes to religious practices, stigma reduction and women empowerment discussions so they can undertake and achieve their own dignity and self or community developments. The Basic Employability skills training model for vocational skills uniquely implements a 9 stages activities to attain individual youth / adult learning development, earning, saving and assured employment with integral mindset for self development and community prosperity. The project will invest in reaching out to school children for peace knowledge sharing ensuring prosperity, cohesion and integration among families. The concerted efforts towards addressing a need or problem in communities jointly with partners: seminars for quick learning, focus group discussions regionally and job linkages will be attained.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Pilot: I have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Ummu Empowerment CBO is a community based organization that promotes community peace, cohesion, human dignity and skills empowerment through working with local civil society Organizations, County Government and local authorities as well as law enforcement agencies. url:

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

WUP project is inspired by the rising numbers of school dropouts and existence of illiterate young people in this generation due to family poverty and traditions. They end up being recruited as peace violators facing extrajudicial killings in streets, mosques and homes, where if their leadership was positive and well utilized we would have strong armies and talented young people who can stand for human dignity and secured societies.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

The Mombasa County Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (2017 – 2022) lists eleven pillars in its logical framework. The pillars outline how the county plans to achieve intended objectives in the fight against rising violent extremism via a multipronged approach that consist both security measures and social economic aspects. The strategy depends upon collaborative and coordinated regional and local delivery, through local authorities, the police and those working with young people (such as schools, youth services and the third sector) all working together both in existing and new delivery structures. Community engagement is also vital. Without the sustained involvement of local communities, empowered and resourced to deliver local solutions to local challenges, achievement of the MCAP PCVE (2017 – 2022) will not be possible.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

WUP project seeks partnership and financial inputs from GHR foundation, USA. Office of UMMU will coordinate project activities in the County. The project will maintain relations with American Corner, Ali Mazrui memorial Library MEWA, Mombasa for access of e-learning materials and marker space to develop talents in youth. The project will also utilize UMMU CBO business mentors network, Ministry of cooperative and trades and Private Business enterprises. Other stake holders will include: UMMU Empowerment Institute for Skills building, Government Local Authorities for community support , Law enforcement agencies to establish strong, secured and trusting partnerships with community members National and County Government in accessing local business seed funds and the current Local civil society organizations working with us i.e. HAKI Africa, KECOSCE, COEC, MEWA, YEPI for continued networking in programs activities and more organisations will be approached.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Our recent meetings with Madrassa teachers, youth and female parents have proved essential that there’s a need to keep sensitizing them through such seminars in helping them bringing up their children in a positive way. Violent survivors are identified but no safe structures to handle them in self development and reintegration. Continued violence and grudges as police force and threats are used to restore peace which doesn’t count for sustainable peace and prosperity

Geographic Focus

The WUP project is targeted to be executed in Coast region of Kenya, in 6 constituencies of Mombasa

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

The project seeks to facilitate peaceful vocational and entrepreneurial skills training and capacity building to 600 violent youth survivors over a period of 24 months. Peace sensitization activities enhancing informed and economically empowered communities hence county prosperity will take 30 months. Project implementation Preparations, stakeholders’ involvement and reports compilations timeline will equal 36 months project period

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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Bridging the gap for the youth through Sponsored skills training , will give upper hand hope for the less fortunate in our communities, realizing the idleness and unemployment as drivers for vices. Training women empowers them to their institutional weaknesses even in self help groups, and through the wezesha umma for peace, will open to their employability and promote lasting community peace and life prosperity