Tabaka Artisan Centre Youth Group , Kenya
Tabaka Artisan Centre is a not-for-profit organisation working to mobilise young people to implement community-based projects to fight HIV/AIDS and other problems in tabaka Kisii, Nyanza , Kenya . In addition to bringing young people together for voluntary, community-based initiatives, the organisation fosters income generation among youth and the broader community through production of handicrafts.
Main Communication Strategies
Community participation and engagement are hallmarks of the Centre's work. Drawing on the involvement of local schools, churches, community groups, and local leaders, the organisation arranges home visits to community members and sets up local meetings. The aim of these interpersonal interactions is to discuss, and develop strategies to address, problems such as HIV/AIDS that have been increasing in the community.
Young people are a particular focus of the Centre's communication-based work. The organisation acts as the local lead agency in organising a global youth service day designed to foster collaboration among young people who seek to develop voluntary, community-based campaigns/projects to address HIV/AIDS, abuse, and disasters. Creating opportunities for youth to discuss their needs and share their opinions about what's going on in the community is a key focus. The Centre also provides social support for young community members.
Involving youth in creative/artistic work is part of an effort to address poverty tabaka The central handicraft produced by youth associated with the Centre is soapstone carvings, which are then sold to generate income.
Children and Youth, Community and Economic Development, HIV/AIDS.
The Centre focuses its efforts on young people because many of them are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and other of the community's problems. However, they are, the Coordinator believes, in a good position to address these problems because they have the time and energy to do so.
The Centre's Coordinator - an artist - works on a volunteer basis.
The town tabaka has a population of approximately 20,000,
For more information, contact:
Coordinator, Tabaka Artisan Centre
P.O. Box 381 , Kisii
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