Turkana County, the second-largest county in Kenya boasts of an estimated population of 926,976 with young people below the age of 19 years, accounting for 60% of the population. Classified as the most impoverished county, 79% of its people are living in poverty with illiteracy levels rising to 82%.
Despite the high levels of marginalization, the county is home to Kakuma refugee camp which hosts approximately 186,000 refugees from 21 nationalities. The camp established in 1992, has grown and with it the establishment of the Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement. The integrated settlement aims to promote the self-reliance of refugees and host communities by providing them with better livelihood opportunities and enhanced service delivery.
Turkana West sub-county forms the jurisdiction of the S4L Project. The sub-county accommodates the Kakuma refugee camp as well as the host community and is located at the farthest end of the Uganda, Ethiopia and Sudanese border. The sub-county’s porous borders make it susceptible to cases of insecurity.
Mostly dependent on livestock, the county has begun seeking to grow its potential by exploring other income-generating activities and areas that can lead to developmental growth. It is against this background that the S4L Project came in to address these gaps.
The Skills 4 Life Project aims to strengthen the income-generating capabilities of youth aged between 16 and 25 years by enhancing their access to technical skills training, financial, life and literacy skills for improved livelihoods. It targets both members of the host community and refugees living in Kakuma Refugee Camp and Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement located in Turkana County in the North-Western region of Kenya.
The project is implemented in partnership with local community-based organizations working in both the refugee and host communities. These organizations are provided with short-term technical and financial support to deliver various aspects of the project.
In the third phase, the project aims to create the below impact for the refugee and host community: