We are offering tailoring training - a high demand trade in Kenya's informal economy - to undereducated and unemployed youth. Participants also receive HIV/AIDS testing and education, career counselling, small business training and linkages with micro-credit organizations.
We recently rebuilt our centre in stone and mortar to make it stable and secure, and added office space. Now we need to raise funds to install a toilet outside the centre to meet new local government requirements.
SYSC has incorporated HIV/AIDS prevention into its programs but this health problem remains one of the biggest challenges facing the community we serve. As the fight against AIDS and the struggle to reduce poverty are intimately linked, we need to continue to fight both problems in tandem.
SYSC is a grassroots, community-based organization located in Nyeri town, Kenya. We work with some of Kenya's most populous slum communities - ShauriYako, Manjengo and Kiawara - where there is a high population of deprived youth and at-risk families.
People here face hunger, social isolation and poverty. A high but unknown number have been impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Youth are pressured by the trappings of slum poverty, including drug abuse, prostitution and misleading job opportunities ending in the sex trade.
We are focused on helping youth escape poverty through economic and social development. Our programs and services can include vocational skills training, urban food security, health outreach, HIV AIDS education, testing and care, sports and Scouts. Through our drop-in centre, we provide refuge from the streets and place for the community to gather.
SYSC is registered as a charity with Government of Kenya, Ministry of Gender and Social Services.