The organisation‘s scope of young people work targets both historically disadvantage communities in rural and urban setting where it is positioned to act as an implementing its own initiative.
Watoto Vision on Africa believes that young people need support and guidance in facing the many challenges of today as well as emerging ones. At the same time, the youth should be encouraged and actively engaged in addressing societal problems. These grouping puts the organisation in the position to also work closely with families, e.g. child, single-parent and female headed households. The organisation‘s strength lies in its community-driven and people-centred approach to its delivery of its services, projects and programmes.
Watoto Vision on Africa target group is as follows:
An attempt to profile this social group WVA has categorised its various targets of children and youth groups as follows:
School Going Young People
Young people in institutions of learning both at Primary and high schools. They present special needs such as for information in general, right to quality education, life challenges, need for resources to pursue further education need to understand employment trends or economic opportunities post schooling-life.
Young People Living on the Streets
Forced out of their families and communities by whatever conditions, they have opted to live and work in the street. They are generally subjected to harassment, brutality and sub-human living conditions.
Young Women/Teenage mothers
Young people who are at risk because of their gender in a violent patriarchal society. These are young women subjected to rape, sexual abuse, violence, harassment and unplanned teenage pregnancy. Young women experience unemployment more frequently than their young male counter-parts and tend to have fewer occupational/entrepreneurial opportunities. Issues of gender are an impediment to social development of this group if they are not attended to.
Youth Trapped in Drugs and Alcohol
At times, being victims of specific circumstances and realities over which they have no or little control, these young men and women are found trapped in drugs and alcohol abuse vicious cycle.
This constitutes two broad categories:
- Young people who have not completed their education to the level initially planned (i.e. young people who are out of school and not in any employment) and are usually subjected to under employment and chronic unemployment as some of them are likely not to be employed or involved in any economic activity that is income generating in their lives if no intervention is made.
- Young people who have acquired a specialised skill but are unable to access employment. Generally known as unemployed graduates.
The experience of unemployment can bring with it a number of social ills including participation in crime, drug and alcohol abuse and the loss of confidence and interest to participate in meaningful activities of the broader society.
Rural and Urban Youth
Young women and men in rural areas are often more disadvantaged than those who live in urban settings. They have less access to services and facilities and the opportunities for employment are far less than in urban areas. Dropping out of school to join the army of unemployed youth who have no hope of ever working in their lives is not uncommon in this group. Where one is born somehow dictates their life and destiny, and this becomes a vicious cycle that must be broken.
Young People Heading Households
In most cases these are young men and women who are orphans as a result of HIV and AIDS related diseases and other social problems and they find themselves looking after siblings. Although this is not a new phenomenon in our country as migrant labour system did create this group of young people but the magnitude is alarming with HIV and AIDS and other social challenges. If these young people are not attended to as a special group, long-term impact will be unbearable.