The solution to problems lies in the community
YOUTH PROJECT LAUNCH AND EXPO
Technical and Vocational Training (TVETs) is recognised worldwide as critical for increasing employability, better job prospects and potentially enhancing social inclusion. TVET is a key element of long-life learning systems that aims to equip people with technical skills, expertise and competencies needed in the labour market while providing them also with the personal skills for their future lives in society. Kenya has recognised the potential of TVET as a driving force in addressing youth unemployment, It has recognised that TVET plays an important role in providing the necessary skills to improve employee productivity, occupational integration, economic progression, raise income levels and increase employment opportunities. St. Martin CSA in partnership with the Laikipia County Government launched the Public-private partnership between the two entities. The County Government is responsible for providing TVET services and upgrading VTCs. At the same time, St. Martin CSA will support the County TVET agenda by providing technical support for the development of County policies, the setting up of systems and training programs, training of county staff and the increase of TVET attractiveness in the County. We were honoured to have His Excellency, The Governor County Government of Laikipia - Joshua Irungu, grace the occasion on 30th January 2024, at Rumuruti Stadium. His commitment to the success of our project is a testament to the transformative power of collaboration.
Wheels of resilient livelihoods
Volunteers plays a significant role in contemporary development in Kenya. At community level, community health volunteers dot every village in Kenya. The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development explicitly recognizes volunteer groups as stakeholders to achieve the 17 SDGs. The Agenda asserts that many of the Sustainable Development Goals call for long-term attitude and behaviour changes and volunteers can facilitate changes in mindsets by raising awareness or championing those changes and inspiring others. It simply is not possible to attain the SDGs without a wide range of people engaged at all stages, at all levels, at all times. Volunteerism is a powerful means for bringing more people into the fold.
“Volunteerism strengthens civic engagement, safeguards social inclusion, deepens solidarity and solidifies ownership of development results”. Unv.org.
Illuminating the Path to Peace
As the world celebrated the International Day of Peace on September 21, 2023, the significance of this year's theme, "Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the Global Goals," resonates more profoundly than ever before. This annual observance, established by the United Nations, calls upon individuals, communities, and nations to unite in their pursuit of a more peaceful and equitable world.
In alignment with this theme, we bring you a poignant story that exemplifies the power of actions for peace and their transformative potential. Mercy's courage embodies the very essence of the International Day of Peace, highlighting the resilience, bravery, and hope that lie at the heart of every effort to achieve the global goals for peace and justice. This story transports us to a community marked by conflict and adversity, where a remarkable woman named Mercy defied all odds to champion the cause of peace. Her journey serves as a powerful reminder that our actions, no matter how small, can contribute to the grand ambition of a more peaceful and equitable world for all.
COMMISSIONING OF COMMUNITY FACILITATORS
Saint Martin CSA, Community Programme for Peace and Reconciliation has for the last three years (20..) been engaged in a project called 'Awakening Silenced Voices,' funded by Smart Peace an organization based in ….. The overarching aim of this project was to foster transformed communities where women and girls could live free from all forms of violence, being empowered to assert their rights and pursue personal aspirations. This objective was pursued through strategies that aimed at reducing the prevalence of gender-based violence in specific areas of Baringo and Laikipia counties.
Transforming Lives and Shaping a Compassionate World on World Humanitarian Day
The World Humanitarian Day is a time for reflection and solidarity. As an organization our journey is one of unwavering commitment to human values. As the world confronted pandemics like Covid-19 and grappled with unyielding drought, we stood strong, extending emergency response initiatives that reached far beyond immediate relief. Echoing the origins of World Humanitarian Day -a day born from tragedy, our response mirrors a dedication to addressing human suffering and reinstating dignity in adversity. Our commitment radiates through diverse projects of mental Health, children rights and peace building initiatives, our actions embody the spirit of World Humanitarian Day.