Levozy SHG thankful for support provided
by Marjan Schaapman on 05 March, 2017

On March 2, Paul visited the Vocational Training Centre in Dagoretti (Kenya) of the Levozy Self-Help Group. The term ‘levozy’ comes from the Bible and means ‘care for the forgotten people’. The group was founded in 2010 and consists of 12 members.


Dagoretti (a corruption of the original name ‘Dangerous Corner ') is a slum area in Nairobi that has partly been upgraded but still with many slum pockets and many street children. They are known as 'chokoraa’ ; a nickname that translates to ‘garbage eaters’ because the children - most of them boys - survive by scavenging through people’s trash trying to find pieces of food.


Life in the streets of Dagoretti is primarily about survival, without any ambition. It lacks the street children a meaning and purpose because of their alienation from mainstream society. The Levozy Self-Help Group with the support of the Van Doorn Foundation (and the Foundation Tools to Work) established three training programmes: sewing and knitting, mechanical and electrical auto mechanics and welding. Van Doorn Foundation provided the funds for the construction of two classrooms and the Foundation Tools To Work provided the training equipment and tools. The board, the instructors and trainees expressed tremendous thankfulness for the support provided.


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During project implementation the organisation faced a few challenges. First, the transport of equipment and tools and then the transport of trainees. Some trainees asked initially for boarding, because the daily transport fees would be too much for them. The Levozy Self-Help Group is still looking for a suitable solution.


The Levozy Self-Help Group was very pleased with the easy correspondence and quick response of the Van Doorn Foundation during project implementation. As the Van Doorn Foundation also appreciated the timely and detailed reporting of the Levozy Self-Help Group. After the evaluation of the project, a half-day workshop was conducted, attended by all board members to prepare a policy and business plan for the Levozy Self-Help Group and their VTC. The policy / business plan will be further elaborated by the board of the Levozy Self-Help Group and submit it before the end of the month for feedback to the Van Doorn Foundation. 

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