Help 1000 Poor Students Get Skills

WHY DO WE WANT TO REACH OUT AND TRAIN YOUNG PEOPLE? Limited entrepreneurial skills development among school going children and youth, as well as those outside, has been responsible for a number of social, political and economic upheavals in our communities. These upheavals among others include; high crime rate, high rate of unemployment, limited government revenue, drug abuse and adolescent pregnancy that claims 25% of the Ugandan girls becoming pregnant before the age of 19 years. This is entirely because most of the young people and the youth in Uganda and Africa at large acquire basic knowledge theoretically from schools given the nature of our schools’ curriculum.


Considering such appealing findings, Gain Confidence Africa has undertaken the mandate to encourage and promote simple, sustainable, affordable and environmentally friendly Entrepreneurial skills development as a measure to reduce the upheavals as well as helping the victims see a ray of hope. These skills among others include; carrying out innovations in the different sectors of our economy mainly; innovations in agriculture and value addition in agricultural products/manufacturing, art and crafts, welding and carpentry, cookery and bakery, snacks production, writing and talent development among others.

Gain Confidence Africa has the conviction to believe, that these skills shall help the youth to create their own employment where they will realise an income thereby by being able to identify the locally available opportunities such as planning, resource mobilisation (including saving) and enterprise management and monitoring.

For instance, our research proves only 6% of the school going pupils and student save and know about savings and saving accounts in the banking sector, this is very deadly for a country like Uganda because it poses more threats of future unemployment due to lack of capital and lack of skills for job creation thereby maintaining job seekers other than job creators due to lack of Entrepreneurial skills.


Our project targets to directly impacting one thousand (1000) beneficiaries per year who shall include those inside and outside school. This implies that in the entire implementation period of three years, the number of impacted beneficiaries shall be three thousand (3000) owing to our abilities and mechanisms.


WHAT EXACTLY DO WE DO, AND HOW DO WE DO IT?


Through communities and schools, we mobilize to inspire and train the youth in various simple, sustainable entrepreneurial skills development in agriculture and value addition on agriculture produces, talent development like drama, poem writing and reading, art and craft making, public speaking, leadership training, savings and reading culture development, snacks production, preservation and packaging as training on marketing skills among others.

We consider the fact that Uganda is a 3rd world developing country found in Africa and as a result according to the undisputed research that Gain Confidence has carried out in different Universities and vocational education centres, we have no doubt that the country and the entire continent of Africa needs more vocational skills than theory if the youth are to become job creators than job seekers.

Schools, communities and the youth-based groups at large, have shown a positive response in our activities a development which propels us to carry on the work. As we talk our programs have been accepted in over forty schools and over thirty-five (35) communities countrywide. We look forward to impacting more youth hence the need for help to facilitate our work.


From above, some of the students ‘exhibition of hands-on during a crown event on practical entrepreneurship while below are part of the pupils and teachers of Seeta Parents day and boarding Primary school during a Gain Confidence Africa training on how to make crisps

Leadership Training



Uganda is one of the developing African countries whose leadership is struggling in a political, economic and social ways. Leadership in Africa is presumed to be attained and maintained through the use of guns. Gain Confidence Africa looks forward to bringing up responsible citizens where leaders shall be realised to serve their communities as the most good.

Gain Confidence Africa believes that leadership is learnt and influenced through good example in the society. We are prepared and mandated to interest young people into leadership. We are looking forward to molding tomorrow’s leaders which will not only better community but also guarantee the future, with accountable leaders. We have encouraged many young people to take up leadership positions from both their schools and communities.


SO WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP?


Currently, the increasing demand of what we do from both schools and communities has turned out that we are financially constrained thereby making it hard for us to deliver the necessary and required services yet the demand is inevitable. The Organization previously relied on membership subscription as well as internal income generating projects like selling of branded T-shirts, pens to well-wishers as well as fundraising drives. However, these sources of income have become inadequate according to our current annual budget that is estimated at $30,000. We are likely to withdraw from the community due to financial inadequacies. This shall leave the formally filled gap unfilled, both in schools and communities which shall take back the society to the evils that come with limited entrepreneurial skills development and this is to our detriment. We have taken possible steps like this to solicit financial resources and support to enable us continue operating so as to impact youth who will impact others tomorrow for this being our desired target and goal.


Why Gain Confidence Africa seeks to continue training young people and youth personal simple sustainable skills?

Continuity shall maintain and cause a lot of exciting opportunities not only to the societies we serve but also to us for having archived our mission. In the long run, the vulnerable youth shall create their employment which shall promote resource utilisation thereby transforming the societies. Our work has provided us with an amazing network of peers, self-motivation, new skills of production as well as helping us to focus and develop our research interests and writing skills that have helped us to act as advocates for what society desires thereby calling on government and other stakeholders to act.

This, in the long run, has provided us with facilities and feedback a reason that makes us develop confidence and in the long to continue providing services to the society, without which withdraw would be irresistible. Continuity shall allow us more access to grants in future, where we shall be able to influence other individuals and organisations to support us in reference to our previous works.

We know and recognise the fact that, there are perhaps many more worthy causes to support which may not be similar to this directly. This is not simply making a donation to us as Gain Confidence Africa, but a commitment to being part of the people that have taken the step to cause the change they want to see in society. It is undisputed that the community we live in demands what we are trying to promote amidst challenges. Our charitable works are really turning out to increasingly becoming more and more desirable.

HOW GAIN CONFIDENCE AFRICA STARTED





The organisation’s background is derived from the inspirational and motivational life the founder lived as a student from a poor family. After his breakthrough, he decided to inspire young people in and outside schools to identify opportunities. He thus founded Gain Confidence Africa. This foundation is an umbrella through which together with others work towards reaching out to vulnerable young people, a state the founder was in years back. Even when he was demoted from primary five to primary two as a way of enabling him to secure sponsorship for his education, he did not decline from taking up the chance by well-wishers. He endured chants from pupils who lined at the school fence every evening chanting.
But he was never deterred, he remained positive and going. He worked on site as a porter in every holiday of school so as to find a penny to sustain himself in and outside school. While at school, he sold peanut butter every day throughout secondary life. By luck, through his sponsorship, he joined University to pursue a degree in law and he is yet to complete. His target is to impact vulnerable youth in the country just like he was impacted upon by others who paid his school fees throughout his education career path. He intends to do this through a registered Non-Government Organisation, Gain Confidence Africa, where he and others want to train the youth in entrepreneurial skills development, a fact that the society needs practical than theory.


LOCATION OF GAIN CONFIDENCE AFRICA
Gain confidence Africa is a fully registered, local, Non-governmental Organisation, registered by the Uganda Government as required under its laws. Uganda is one of the countries in the Sub-Saharan regions of Africa. It is found in the Eastern region of the African Continent. The organisation was registered and permitted by the Ugandan Government to carry out activities in the fields of; promoting and developing skills among young people and the youth, networking, talent development, patriotism, saving and investment skill training, promotion of a reading culture and addressing drug abuse among others with her office located in Seeta Mukono.

Disclaimer:
I am just a fundraiser for this cause and in no way am I working with them directly though I have witnessed their work in the community and in many schools in Uganda. Your support to them will be highly appreciated even when its 1 Euro or through material support like used chairs, computers, office stationery, school books, projectors among others.

You may also contact them through their official Facebook page: Gain Confidence Africa or Website

Thank you.

Fundraising team (1)

Veronika Praxmarer 
Organizer
Yasin Sentumbwe 
Team member

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