KITO International Education and Training

KITO delivers education and training in a one month intensive course for ex-street youths and disadvantaged youth in the Kawangware slum. The program seeks to provide transferable skills and internship support to help youth transfer quickly into employment.
2010Kenya

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting

Location Data

Kawangware, NairobiUrban

Wiclif Otieno, founder of KITO International, faced a challenging youth spent on the streets in Nairobi’s dangerous slums threatened by crime and drug culture. He was rescued by an American couple who enrolled him in a rehabilitation center and supported him to set up KITO. KITO is designed by street youth for street youth, aiming to provide key support beyond the rehabilitation centers. A gap Wiclif identified in youth is a lack of support after rehabilitation and a struggle to enter the job market, in some instances resulting in a return to the streets.

Program Model | KITO delivers education and training in a one month intensive course for ex-street youth and disadvantaged youth in the Kawangware slum.  Training courses take place quarterly in the KITO office in Kawangware. KITO currently has resources to take 15 youth in each training course. They attend full time for one month for free and receive lunch each day. Youth are recruited by team members, recommended by affiliate organizations, or apply on their own. KITO youth are selected through a participatory interview process that includes group and individual challenge games. In particular their leadership and teamwork capabilities, entrepreneurial creativity, positive attitude, and performance during challenge games are evaluated.

Training Focus Areas | The training covers life skills, entrepreneurship skills, the basics of personal finance and savings, ICT, leadership development and team-building. The training curriculum is adapted from ‘Street Kids International’ and is amended to meet the needs of youth enrolled, many of whom have limited formal education experience. Training sessions are facilitated both by KITO staff and external facilitators from The Village Africa.  The program seeks to support youth as they transition into employment, thus upon completion of the training KITO provides youth with one month work placements using their businesses contacts. Increasingly KITO is helping youth to establish their own businesses and thus developing models for interest-free loans and business mentors to facilitate this progression.

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