The Kenyan economy is growing and demand for skilled human resources is on the rise. At the same time poverty is preventing many young people from getting basic education. Hatua's goal is to help young people from poor families gain the skills and credentials they need to contribute to and benefit from Kenya's growing economy.
A student from a poor family might never be able to attend secondary school because of the cost of school fees and will therefore never have access to higher paying jobs that require a secondary school diploma. But with a scholarship from Hatua Likoni, weekly mentoring, career guidance, followed by a college/university scholarship, this student has a chance to enter the workforce or become an entrepreneur.
Our team is mostly Kenyan and all residents of Likoni, so we are knowledgeable about Likoni and the kinds of programs that are needed and will be effective. We also make decisions at a local level, enabling us to involve those affected by our choices in the decision making process. These advantages help us create programs that empower our neighbors to pursue their goals and provide for themselves and their families while helping to uplift our community.