Kisumu County Commissioner Susan Waweru has launched sensitization initiative for youth enlisted under the Kazi Mtaani Program to help address emerging issues during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The youth enrolled under the program in Kisumu will be sensitized on the culture of saving, entrepreneurship and working online.
Other areas include Covid-19 awareness, fight against drugs and illicit brews, teenage pregnancies and domestic violence.
Speaking on Thursday at Shauri Moyo AP camp in Kisumu during the launch, Waweru said the sensitization shall be offered between 7 am-8 am before the youth start working.
This, she said shall be conducted in partnership with various stakeholders to empower the youth to handle the various challenges affecting the community as the fight against Covid-19 intensifies.
The County Commissioner noted that cases of teenage pregnancies, domestic violence and drug abuse were on the rise since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country adding that through the sensitization exercise the youth shall act as role models..
“We have noticed an increase in cases of domestic violence and illicit brews during this period that is why we are reaching out to the youth to help address the menace,” she said.
She added that through the sensitization, the youth shall be able to save and use part of their earnings to venture into income generating activities.
The 7, 427 youth in Kisumu have been enrolled in phase two of the Kazi Mtaani program which was launched on Tuesday.
The program will run for 11 days on rotational basis for the next six and half months with each recruit earning Sh. 455 daily.
By Chris Mahandara