These young women in Kazakhstan are on a path of lifelong learning.
“I had to drop out of secondary school because my aunt, my guardian, could not afford to educate me,” began Joseph Kinyanjui. “I hoped one day I would operate a big machine.” This 22-year-old graduate of the Sport for Kenyan Youth Employment initiative addressed an audience of project partners and construction firms, describing his initial idleness and current success.
The call came while I was in a meeting. My mind was on the group discussions as I stepped out of the room and distractedly answered, “Hello, how can I help you?” The connection was bad, every other word barely audible. Amidst the lost phrases, I was able to piece together “My name is Clerina - I benefited from IYF’s CYEP program - and I am calling to say thank you.”
Twenty-two year-old Hodda Taibi grew up in Cherchell, a coastal town in northern Algeria. The youngest of six siblings, she worked hard at the University of Algiers, earning a license to practice accounting and finance in 2015. Yet despite her qualifications, Hodda was unsure of what to do next. Should she look for a job? Continue her studies? With one out of four Algerian youth unemployed, job success was no guarantee.