TRAINING ON CAPACITY BUILDING

May 8, 2013
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The workshop begun by a word of prayer in both Muslim and Christian, later county Director for Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Mr. Daniel Juma officially launched and declared the workshop open. He later gave a brief introduction and overview of the objectives, mission and vision of GPF. Other stakeholders in attendance were WV(World Vision),KWMA(Kariobangi Waste Management Alliance),KCDDC(Kariobangi Community Development Driven Committee, Sisi ni Amani and Map Mathare amongst others.

facilitator engaging the participants

facilitator engaging the participants

It was pointed out that poverty is the major root problem witnessed by youths within the slums and most of them live below poverty line and survival to meet their basic needs is minimal and must be acquired through struggle. As a result the youth’s perception towards each other is camouflaged into other dimensions such as tribalism and hatred. Mr. Arthur Oyange highlighted that “the way we see things is the source of the way we think and the way we act” and blamed youths as the key cause of their poor conditions and the problems they face”. He later quoted that “progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything” (George Bernard Shaw)
This kind of perception is not real but a shortcut to the problems we see in our society. It was later discussed that the significant problems we see cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them and therefore change of mind should be encouraged amongst the youths, as we focus on factors like unemployment and lack of investment opportunities as our basic fundamental hindrance in fighting poverty.

participant sharing his experience

participant sharing his experience

In this respect I thank GPF, WV and present stakeholders for organizing such trainings to foster vocational skills, business start-ups kits and in enhancing capacity in waste management skills, entrepreneurship skills and ways of finding new solutions to old problems faced by within the community.

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