Youth aged 18 to 34 years make up 35% of Kenya’s population, approximately 13.7 million people. This group is 60% of employable Kenyans yet only 25% are employed and many of those jobs do not match their qualifications and career aspirations. Many youth find it difficult to access high school and post-secondary education due to the high costs. In addition, idleness due to unemployment can often lead to risk-taking and criminal activity. Youth make up a large proportion of the people residing in informal settlements as they lack access to decent housing.
NACHU aims to assist youth through ensuring that they have equal opportunities to access housing. Affordable and secure cooperative housing structures can assist youth in achieving safe living environments and the opportunity for personal development. NACHU’s Youth Policy ensures that youth can receive the training, support and access to opportunities to take on leadership roles within housing cooperatives, begin their own businesses, and contribute to the economic, political and social development of Kenya. Supported by Canadian partner, Rooftops Canada, NACHU has already developed a training program specifically designed to address the particular challenges youth face, including: entrepreneurship and livelihoods, HIV and AIDS and health promotion, gender equality and financial management.