The Archdiocese Youth Empowerment Programme (AYEP) is a partnership between Caritas Nairobi (Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi) and the Youth Enterprise Development Fund. The programme centers on initiatives that engage and empower young people for social and economic development.
Caritas Nairobi, the Aid and Development department of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi, facilitates community based empowerment and poverty eradication projects. We believe that the action of the church affects community lives in a large number of ways and that the contribution of an engaged society and especially the youth is necessary for sustainable community development. Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF) is a state corporation under the Ministry of devolution and planning, was established to address the challenges of youth unemployment in Kenya.
Caritas Nairobi and YEDF have shared objectives which form the foundation of this partnership, initiated to draw a larger youth membership. The AYEP partnership, sets learning and networking platforms for the youth in our communities while at the same time taking advantage of the existing opportunities offered by YEDF and other county and national Governments initiatives.
Currently AYEP has over 50 groups.
Individual members are 2, 000.
36 groups have been funded.
5 groups have received second loans
The highest loan that has been disbursed is Ksh.400, 000.
Ksh2.8 million total loans have been issued.
How Can You Get involved?
Form or join a Youth Group in your parish
Sign up with AYEP at Caritas Nairobi
Register your group with the government’s Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development through Caritas Nairobi Guidance.
“My story is that of a vision, empowerment and achievement; a success story”, says Paul Mwai, a beneficiary of the Archdiocese Youth Empowerment Programme.
The Archdiocese Youth Empowerment Programme (AYEP) is a partnership between Caritas Nairobi (Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi) and the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF). The programme centers on initiatives that engage and empower young people for social and economic development. Caritas Nairobi works as a link between the youth groups and YEDF
Mwai, 22 years old, wrote his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education in 2012 and attained a mean grade of B- which qualified him to enroll for University Education. However, he was unable join as planned due to financial constrains.
“Since I was unable to join university as planned, I decided to start a business. I joined a youth group in my parish, St. Teresa’s Parish Eastleigh. With help from well-wishers specifically contribution from our Jumuiya (fellowship group) we were able to start a placard designing business,” He says.
It is through his parish that this group learnt about AYEP. Caritas Nairobi works with parishes to facilitate community based empowerment and poverty eradication projects. Caritas Nairobi engages the youth by mobilizing them for peacekeeping missions as well as training on business startup skills.