Programmes

CAEVA International has six programmes that complement governments’ efforts in creating an enabling environment for children and youths to realise their full potential and to contribute to the realisation of the SDGs. A member organisation may come up with several projects that fall under any of these programmes.   

Vocational Skills Training and Entrepreneurship

Programme Overview: Over 15 million youths in Sub-Sahara Africa who enter the labour market each year cannot find jobs, either because jobs are few or their skills do not match the job needs or they simply lack skills. Most of them are unable to access training and microcredit to start-up enterprises. As a result, many young people live on less than $ 1.9 a day. There is a need to support youths to develop their capacity to earn, by skilling them in trades that lead to immediate earning or employment, and to provide or link them to microcredit for enterprise start-up. Income is essential for young people to propel themselves out of poverty as well as to sustain the journey of realising their full potential and SDG innovation. For those reasons, member organisations of CAEVA International carry out context-based skills training in trades that lead to immediate employment/earning. In addition to learning practical skills, children and youth get equipped with knowledge on starting up and sustainably managing enterprises. Vocational skills training is an alternative pathway for youths who have never gone to school as well as those who dropped out because of teenage pregnancy, disability, and gender discrimination, among others. Projects under this programme directly contribute to SDG 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere) and SDG 8 (Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all).

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Health Education and Provision

Programme Overview: Over 400 million people world-over have no basic healthcare and information. These people, the majority of whom are children and youths, are vulnerable to poor health outcomes. Some already fell victim to; stunted growth, sexually transmitted infection like HIV AIDS, teenage pregnancies, among others. Poor health affects sustainable development at the individual, household, and community levels, it slows productivity, including innovation. Without innovation, it is hard to overcome poverty and to make progress on the SDGs. Against that backdrop, member organisations of CAEVA International through this programme, raise awareness on different health issues such as HIV AIDS, sexual reproductive health, malaria prevention, menstrual health management, maternal and child health, nutrition, etc., to empower children and youths to make informed health choices. Furthermore, member organisations partner with specialised health service providers to increase access and uptake of health services. Good health is essential for children and youth to reach their full potential; it bolsters their mental capacity for SDG innovation. This programme directly contributes to SDG 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) .

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Food Security, Environment Protection, and Energy Preservation

Programme Overview: Food security, environmental protection and energy preservation are deeply intertwined. By 2017 over 821 million people, of whom 90 million are children under five years, were said to be chronically undernourished as a direct consequence of environmental degradation, drought and loss of biodiversity. Developing countries are disproportionately affected. Malnourishment has severe effects on children, ranging from damaging cognitive development to physical body development. Poor cognitive development, for example, affects education outcomes, which potentially reduces income. On the other hand, poor physical development may also, for instance, affect productively working the same duration as those with good physical health. This can lead to loss of income, lessened prospects for career growth, a premature death, etc. The above information reveals that undernourished children transition into youthhood already at a disadvantage, therefore unable to realise their full potential. It is upon such a background that member organisations of CAEVA International carry out trainings on improving food security, protecting the environment, and preserving energy. These trainings cover; use of better farming methods, post-harvest management, forestry, making energy-saving stoves and briquettes. Overcoming the fear of hunger empowers children and youth to be more innovative, and thereby, rigorously contribute to sustainable development. This programme directly contributes to SDG 3 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture), SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) and SDG 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all)

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Education, Human Rights and Gender Equality Awareness

Programme Overview: Education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development. Ability to read, write and to communicate including using ICT connects people. It empowers them to achieve or make progress on many fronts such as in business, innovation, respect for human rights, gender equality, making informed decisions, etc. Literacy, including computer use, leads to an increase in opportunities for an individual. Over 57 million primary-aged children miss dividends of education since they are out of school, more than half of them are in sub-Saharan Africa. In terms of, more girls than boys, are out of school. Out of every four girls, one is not schooling. As these children transition into youthhood, the number of youths without basic literacy skills burgeons to 103 million, more than 60% of them are women. In light of the above, member organisations of CAEVA International provide bursaries and scholarships to children and youths in primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions as well as to those undergoing vocational skilling. They also identify scholarship/bursary awarding agencies and share information with those in need to apply. Beneficiaries also undergo training in basic ICT. Furthermore, member organisations provide internship (virtual, online and onsite) opportunities to students as well as recent graduates. Lastly, preschools or early childhood development initiatives are run by member organisations, especially for children parented by teenage mothers who attend CAEVA vocational skills trainings. This programme contributes to SDG 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all) SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls), SDG 10 (Reduce inequality within and among countries), and SDG 16 (Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels)

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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Programme Overview: Water stress affects 2 billion people world over; of them, 844 million lack basic drinking water. 400 millions of those without drinking water are in sub-Saharan. Water shortage severely incapacitates people from ensuring proper personal hygiene, for example, maintaining cleanliness during menstruation, showering, washing clothes, etc. Also, world-over, 2.3 billion people lack basic sanitation facilities, about 892 million of them practice open defecation. This leads to contamination of available water sources and regular outbreak of water-borne diseases such as cholera, which potentially leads to death. Statistics reveal that over 1.8 billion people consume water contaminated with human faeces. As a response to the above situation, member organisations of CAEVA International raise awareness on hygiene, water and sanitation to enable children and youths to make informed decisions. They are also practically skilled in harvesting, preserving, and treating water using context-based and locally available resources and materials. Lastly, member organisations mobilise resources to support constructing water sources and sanitation facilities as well as to carry out practical training in making and maintaining the cleanliness of reusable menstrual sanitary pads. Addressing the challenge of poor hygiene and the lack of water and sanitation contributes to SDG 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all).

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Humanitarian Emergency Response, Disaster Risk Reduction & Host Community Empowerment

Programme Overview: The number of people affected by conflicts and natural disasters such as flooding, disease, heat waves, and, in dire need of relief is 634 million world-over. Member organisations of CAEVA International through this programme respond to the needs of these victims, by partnering with other humanitarian agencies to mobilise and distribute relief, but also, to as soon as possible empower them to get back to the road of recovery. Recovery initiatives mostly focus cash transfers to start micro-businesses, distribution of seeds to plant, training in quick skills to ensure immediate earning, among others. This programme also involves skilling communities affected by natural disasters in resilience and in disaster risk reduction measures, ranging from local food preservation methods to environmentally friendly farming and disease prevention. Lastly, this programme empowers communities hosting displaced persons or refugees to be self-sustaining. The influx of displaced persons exerts pressure on the limited facilities of host communities, for example, communal water sources, sanitation facilities, health facilities, schools, etc. This programme ensures that more of such communal facilities are established. Also it focuses on empowering the host to engage with the hosted socioeconomically. This programme responds to several disasters related targets across different SDGs (1, 2, 11, and 13).