REDUCED INEQUALITIES AND ENHANCED CLIMATE RESILIENCE FOR YOUTH AND YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES (YWDs) IN KENYA.
YWCA Kenya is implementing a project funded by YMCA/YWCA Global of Norway in Kisumu, Nairobi and Mombasa with specific focus of building the capacity of youth and YWDs to become self-reliant with climate resilient skills to apply in their innovations and businesses ideas to solve the challenges that they are facing to improve their economic independence. The program focuses on achieving the following outcomes;
- Youth are engaged in policy and decision Making
- Youth are catalysts of change in their local communities
- Youth are capacity built with coping mechanisms to address individual and societal challenges to address inequalities within their communities.
A key supporting objective of the project is to further enhance the capacity of stakeholders and target groups in their respective communities.
The Program focuses on four Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Gender Equality (Goal 5) Reduced Inequalities (Goal 10) and Climate Action (Goal 13), with an aim to ensure that the response actions and initiative feed into both the local, regional and the international process building on the consensus with other sector players while linking the Associations Strategic Plan (2019-2023) with climate change and the youth constituent in the organization.
Gender Equality; YWCA Kenya has the obligation through the climate change project to ensure that the rights of both women and men are at par when responding to climate change by recognizing the differentiated roles that each play when responding to climate change and environment restoration.
Reduced Inequalities; The YWCA has the mandate to ensure the incorporation of Persons with Disability (PWDs) focusing on the inclusion of Youth with Disabilities (YWDs), Women and Youth in the activities that they engage in with YWCA and their communities incorporating all by inviting different persons to join in their groups.
Climate Action; This is the major challenge that the world in currently facing and YWCA Kenya has prioritized ‘Climate Action’ to help its partners through its various program interventions to enhance their adaptive capacity and resilience-helping to equip them with skills to survive disasters like Mangrove restoration, waste management and savings and investments to improve their sustainability mechanisms whenever there are climate shocks.