Although education is free families often have to meet the cost of school building projects and staff salaries. This is difficult for many families in rural parts of Mbeere and Machakos living on very low incomes. Once students leave school finding jobs is not easy. About 84% of Kenyans aged 15-24 are engaged in insecure, informal employment.
PCAT’s support to schools provides support to the whole school community rather than simply sponsoring a limited number of students. Projects supported include the construction of classrooms and the provision of beds in boarding schools.
Grant to meet the cost of connection to the electricity supply. PCAT has previously provided grants for the construction of classrooms including a science block as well as water storage facilities.
Annual grant to help meet the cost of developing a computer laboratory and to support the teaching of ICT as part of the school curriculum.
Projects supported at Kegonge school include:
Youth unemployment is a significant and growing problem in Kenya. In response to this Njarange Area Project initiated a driver training project, providing driving lessons for young adults. Half the cost was met by PCAT and half by the participants themselves. The course consisted of 26 lessons over eight weeks. Ten trainees attend each course and by 2014 two courses had been successfully completed. All those who participated passed their tests and the majority have found employment as a result. A further grant was made in 2015.
Since 2016 PCAT has provided bursaries on a cost share basis for students undertaking vocational training courses including masonry, catering and dress-making. The bursaries enable students to complete training courses which they might otherwise have been unable to afford. Vocational training qualifications improve the prospects of young adults being able to find employment or establish their own businesses as self-employed tradespeople.