This is a programme unique to PCCS. It aims to provide livelihood opportunities to extremely vulnerable young people. It uses theoretical and hands-on skills training, and will go on to help with start-ups and apprenticeships. It is designed to target those unemployed and vulnerable young people living in the rural communities and urban slum areas, aged from 16 to 30, who have little or no formal education.
Both unemployment and underemployment are significant challenges faced by those living in slums. It hinders young peoples’ meaningful involvement in the country’s economic growth and activities. We need to make sure young people gain access to up skilling and employment opportunities, even if they are vulnerable, or do not qualify for formal education or training.
It aims to address the root causes of inter-communalStrengthening Social and economic Stability among young people in the community conflict in slum populations of Kampala as well as address possible political, social and economic drivers of radicalization and violent extremism and to build strong, cohesive communities.
The project targets around 1,000 vulnerable and at risk young people and women living in vulnerable communities. The aim is to create opportunities for skills training and giving access to employment opportunities. The project will equip PCCS with the resources to provide Youth Empowerment Scholarships to the Vulnerable Youth as well as open up a sustainable Youth Employment Centre to cater for more youth.
Community based early warning systems will be developed through this project, which is seen as a “soft” system to strengthen ties between law enforcement and communities, rather than sophisticated ICT systems, to ensure sustainability.
Through this project, we hope vulnerable young people in target communities will have access to employment opportunities and financial services, as well as vocational and skills training and economic support.
Women and Girl Child Entrepreneurship Skills Project
Many illiterate women in vulnerable communities of Uganda battle daily to cope with domestic demands, poverty, patriarchy as well as negative cultural, religious and traditional practices. Some are unaware of their rights and potential. When all the factors listed above are in force, it is impossible for women to start their own businesses and this entrenches them in poverty. It keeps them vulnerable. It seems as if there’s no way out.
The Women and Girl Child Entrepreneurial Skills Project aims to forge an escape route for this generation. It was implemented by PCCS with the support of community leaders. The project was conceived and designed to equip and empower young women through providing them with financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills. It started in 2017, and targeted young women aged between 16 and 25, focusing mainly on those living in vulnerable communities and slum areas. There are two main thrusts to this business project: GYBI (Generate your Business Idea) and SYB (Start Your Business) which includes entrepreneurship and financial literacy trainings.
The participants receive career guidance to allow them to make clear career decisions, and they are awarded certificates on completion. The project has a Seed Fund, and modest start-up funding is given to the best five business proposals. Micro-finance and Business Training
The innovation of microfinance has allowed low income individuals, usually excluded from the traditional banking system, to obtain micro-loans to develop micro-enterprises and build savings. The aim of PCCS’s microfinance project is to contribute towards sustainable economic development by providing local individuals, groups and communities with the proper skills training and micro-loans to grow their businesses, create new jobs and help break the cycle of poverty and hunger. Through working with various volunteers, we develop small business ideas, basic bookkeeping skills and conduct weekly workshops on topics related to micro-credit, computer literacy and vocation skills training.
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“ Volunteering in Uganda with PCCS was a magical experience words cannot describe. I loved every bit of my two weeks in Uganda, right from being picked up from the airport, my orientation and spending my days teaching at the local school. Alyson W - USA ”