The population of Uganda is 45.71 million with a growth rate of 3.26 since 2013. 48.7% of the population are children 0-14 years old, 28.34% people 25-64 years, 15-24 alone takes 21.16% of the population. The statistics show that Uganda as much as Uganda can boast about a high population, the largest part of the population is less productive as most are youth below the age of 25. This shows that there is a chance Uganda is going to struggle to grow both financially and also find means of offering basic services to the young less productive population.
One of McBern Foundation’s aim is to enlighten the marginalized youth to help them know that they are as equally important people in community, facilitate them in training to make them better people and comfortable with who they are and also very importantly, open their ability to open up thriving businesses.
The Foundation reaches out to the marginalized youth that have been neglected and rejected by their families and also those that have lost employment with little hope of finding work again as a result of different sorts of discrimination. We focus on the long-term sustainability options for the marginalized youth.
Many of the youth in Uganda are still facing vast problems. Many are unemployed, not educated enough, no access to proper health care, no connection with their families and others homeless. Although the Uganda government tries to provide some help through the poverty eradication programs, many youths still need a lot of care and support. There’s a lot of discrimination mainly as a result of social classes, education backgrounds, religion and orientation.
There have been violence and brutal attacks on the marginalized youth communities in the ghettos and other places. Due to these attacks, these youth have been forced to leave their home as well as the work places. The fact that some have been chased out of their homes, they can’t support themselves financially thus there is increased level of dependence and crime.
The Foundation is doing its best to address these issues by finding and providing shelter. With a plan of building group care homes which will be used as rehabilitation centers.
We are rolling out skills training workshops that will be used as assessments to find out what skills the various youth are interested in. This will help to provide skills depending on each one’s passion to get support towards starting work to earn a living and get an independent life.
Profile of the Youth Program
Most societies are affected by the psychological and economic problems. The project is aimed at addressing youth sustainable skills and empowerment which are aimed at enabling them access basic reliable skills through training workshops, mentoring, sensitization to promote positive thinking towards life. The project also aims at equipping the marginalized youth with knowledge about positive change.
Capacity building or development.
We hope that individuals will obtain, improve and retain the skills, knowledge, tools, equipment and other resources needed to enhance their lives completely and/or to a greater capacity. In this case, we aim at an effort to teach these groups to do something for themselves as a way of creating their own employment later hence economic development.
Skills training and Education
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa further on defines capacity development as a process through which individuals, groups and organizations and societies deploy, adapt, strengthen and maintain the capability to define, plan and achieve their own development objectives on an inclusive, participatory and sustainable basis. These capacity building process will be a series of trainings and workshops. In these workshops we aim to sharing ideas and hosting to prominent and influential persons mainly thriving in business. These guests can be handed modules or asked to come up with lecture on topics surrounding thriving in business. Entrepreneurial skills will include farming, small business set up, craft making, mats making. For those that are assessed with a particular skill e.g. bakery, driving, fashion and design or any sport, we can extend a financial aid that can push them through.
As many youths are becoming more homeless either for reasons that they have lost their parents, disowned by their families, lost jobs and other reasons, we would like to rent temporary group shelters where they can call home and live as a family. In these shelters, we hope to have mentors that will double as guardians to guide and be parent figures that these marginalized youth need.
We hope to put up a fund that will be used for tuition and basic need for those that are in primary and secondary schools before they can get into the Vocational training.