The primary goal of this programme is to achieve a broad-based, sustainable improvement in the standards of welfare of all Kenyans through the impartation of life skills. This requires a concerted effort to tackle the intolerably high incidence of poverty that now afflicts about half the population.
While the Kenyan government has a particular responsibility for spearheading action and creating a positive framework, the private sector, non-governmental and community based organizations all have a vital role to play in meeting the challenge of poverty reduction.
The poor must be provided with the means to help themselves through income earning opportunities, ready access to means of production, the provision of affordable, basic services and the protection of the law. This will not be achieved through temporary relief programmes but only through a deliberate and long-term enablement of the relevant skills needed in life to increase equity of opportunity and to ensure that all members of our society can participate fully in the socio-economic development of Kenya.
These life skills are more critical than ever as people struggle to find meaningful ways to remain competitive and be productive. Teamwork, leadership, and communication are underpinned by life skills development. Since each is an essential element for organizational and personal success, developing these skills is very important and does matter.
Beneficiaries of the pilot project are an initial targeted group of 300 men from the ages of 18 years to 50 years within Korogocho slum, which lacks civil society presence. This is in spite of poverty, high crime rates, drug abuse, family disintegration, rampant domestic violence and other such socioeconomic setbacks. This is a class of men who are adversely struggling through life and are afflicted by abject poverty, neglect, ethnic tensions planted by divisive politics and disease. UMaY seeks to increase access to employment and self-employment in both the formal and informal sectors through improving the quality of the lives of targeted participants.