IOM handed over electrical and manual sewing machines, desktop computers, and sports equipment. Based on generous funding provided by the Government on Japan, IOM responded to a request by the local community to equip the training centre based on the Community Assistance Project (CAP) methodology. | Photo by IOM Kenya
On 16 November 2017, as part of efforts to promote sustainable economic and social inclusion of vulnerable community members in Garissa County, IOM in partnership with the Government handed over training equipment and tools to Garissa Vocational Training Centre.
Based on generous funding provided by the Government on Japan, IOM responded to a request by the local community to equip the training centre based on the Community Assistance Project (CAP) methodology.
The center was originally established in 1968 as a national Governmental institution that offers a wide variety of technical skills on specialised skills such as tailoring, electronic engineering and welding, among others.
IOM handed over electrical and manual sewing machines, desktop computers, and sports equipment. The manager of the Garissa Vocational Training Centre, Mr. Abdihafid Hussein, said the donation will help the youth acquire quality vocational skills.
A member of staff at Garissa Vocational Training Centre, Mr. Noor Abass, said quality training has been hampered due to lack of training equipment leading to a drop in enrollment from a previous 768 students to a current 270 students. IOM External Relations Officer, Mr, John Njoroge, said the equipment will improve standards in technical and vocational training as well as boost industrial skills of trainees and tutors.
“IOM will continue to support the empowerment of youth, especially those who are poor and vulnerable, and affected by the negative impact of migration dynamics,” he added.
The Deputy County Secretary, Mr. Abdirashid Mohamed, thanked IOM for equipping the polytechnic and urged the youth to take their training seriously in order to help bridge skills gaps that are responsible for high youth unemployment in Kenya.
IOM is assisting the local community through a project implemented in the Sub-Counties of Dadaab, Fafi and Garissa Township. It has three components namely Livelihood Support, Integrated Border Management and Community Policing. Under the livelihoods component, five Community Assistance Projects (CAPs) are being implemented as well as livelihood support to 95 individuals.