Youth Work Readiness Curriculum (WRC) and Pottery and Handicraft
REDO, together with the Education Development Centre, provide a Work Readiness Curriculum (WRC) for young people living in poverty. Our WRC is a youth livelihood programme composed of 8 modules, which trains youth on the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to become healthy, productive workers and participants in civic and community affairs. We enable youth to be more capable of earning a livelihood. The curriculum is youth-centred and engaging, with activities including role plays, case studies/scenarios, simulations, group work, and brainstorming, among other strategies. Each module begins with a self-assessment and ends with a quiz to give the learner an opportunity to assess and reflect on their experiences and skills.
The project targets youth between the ages of 19 and 25 in Nyamagabe District, and ensures a 50:50 ratio between boys and girls to advocate equal gender participation. REDO also provides complementary technical training in pottery and handicraft (an activity with much potential for income generation) and linkages to established markets and existing microfinance initiatives. This training equips the young people with the necessary skills to manufacture and sell various furniture and handicrafts transformed from bamboo such as baskets, plates, chairs, tables and wooden skewers; as well as fine handicraft products. The selling of such products has increased their incomes and improved their conditions of living.
Bee Keeping Value Chain Capacity Building
REDO work with over 2000 historically marginalised people in its bee-keeping projects, of which 35% are women and 15% are youth. Bee-keeping is a great method for the socio-economic empowerment of those living in poverty due to its great potential for income generation. Where bee-keepers have good market access, bee-keeping easily generates profit. A standard hive if located at a place with varied flora could give an amount of $40-85 a year.
Bees provide communities with useful products which can be sold such as honey, propolis, pollen, bee venom, royal jelly, extracts of drone larvae and bee wax come from the hive. Honey is valued by all societies as healthy food or medicine. It can be used as sweetener for food and drink, it is a pleasant –tasting food and an effective medicine, It is also a preservative with astonishing properties, and it has a high economic value and is a good trade commodity. Wax is also used in the manufacture of cosmetics, candles, foundation sheets (for hives), medicines, polishes etc. There is good and very stable market for bees wax.
Our projects focus on the capacity building of rural bee-keepers through the provision of appropriate technologies and equipment, training in more sustainable and efficient methods of modern apiculture, the organisation of bee-keepers into cooperatives for knowledge and skills exchange, and full integration into the honey supply chain.