After recruiting and supporting over 150 street youth early this year through Meru Youth Service (MYS), the Governor of Meru County Kiraitu Murungi has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with KCB Foundation led by KCBF Head of Citizenship (formerly Chief of Party/Managing Director) Ms. Catherine Wanjeri Kihara to support a further 400 vulnerable youth from across Meru County to acquire technical training skills.
During the colorful ceremony witnessed by a representative of the German International Development Agency (GIZ) Mr. Luis Bosch, Deputy Governor Titus Ntuchiu, and top County Government officials, Governor Kiraitu and KCBF also commissioned 140 beneficiaries of the program who will take their training at Mitunguu Technical Training Institute.
Governor Kiraitu announced that in partnership with KCBF, an additional 11 technical institutions in Meru will be incorporated in the program to train the youth.
He thanked KCBF, describing them as a loyal and true development partner who played a critical role in kick-starting MYS in 2018 by injecting up Sh50 million into the project where over 600 youth were trained in various technical courses at Meru National Polytechnic, who are now gainfully employed in both public and private sectors while others are working in major projects in as far as South Sudan, and another cohort is working in a hydroponics project in Ngong.
A number of the 150 street youth who were trained by the program are engaged by the County Government of Meru in painting and face-lifting public facilities across the County, e.g. Meru Level 6 Hospital, Nyambene Level 4 Hospital, among others, and they are currently painting Muthara Level 4 Hospital, where they are being paid Sh400 daily and provided with transport and lunch.
On his part, Deputy Governor Ntuchiu called on the youth to take advantage of the program and study diligently so that they can acquire the skills and help themselves as well as families and society. He called on them to learn patience and other virtues so that they can create an honest and prosperous society.
Ms. Wanjeri paid glowing tribute to Governor Kiraitu Murungi, saying that KCBF has recognized him as one of the few leaders in the country who have shown genuine interest and desire to address the challenges facing the youth.
The youth are receiving training in Agribusiness, Automotive Engineering, Beauty and Personal Care, Building and Construction, Domestic Services, Information and Communications Technology, among others under Governor Kiraitu’s agenda for improving employability of the youth of Meru by providing them with marketable skills.
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