PRACTICAL EMPOWERMENT & NETWORKING YOUTH ASSOCIATION
P.E.N.Y.A. (P.V.O 41/12)
"making them shine"
P.E.N.Y.A is a youth-centred non-governmental organisation that was formed by and is run by youth. PENYA works to address the socio-economic challenges faced by youth and children through creating partnerships with them, their families, communities, civil society and government, aimed at building their capacities and enabling their voice to be heard and recognized in issues affecting them.
OUR ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR
•500 youth trained in Start and Improve Your Business
•550 youth assisted with micro-loans
•30 schools assisted with WASH related support
•36 School Health Clubs formed
•30 000 households supported with Non-food items in response to a typhoid outbreak
•100 youth supported to run community gardens
•2500 trees planted to reduce deforestation
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ORPHANED YOUTH ENTREPRENUERSHIP ASSISTANCE
This program supports orphaned youth and children to enhance their livelihoods and generate an income for themselves and siblings. We work with orphans who are coming from child-headed households. A greater number are those who by law have to be moved out of orphanages and homes and enter into the world to fend for themselves. We help them through skills training and start-up support.
This program helps young smallholder farmers with access to technology and training on how to improve their harvest from farming activities. Whilst generating revenue the program also increases biodiversity and mitigates the effects of climate change. The farmers are supported with a drip irrigation system that ensures cropping is not seasonal but continues throughout the year. Each farmer is also supported with a bio-digester that uses anaerobic processes to generate gas for household energy needs. It also produces fertiliser that is used to organically enrich the soil.
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P.E.N.Y.A has embarked on a strategy shift which will see our focus being centred on the following programs
through Small Business Management training, Market linkages and Access to Finance
smallholder farmers training and support in: Organic Farming, Alternative Energy Access, Micro-irrigation
2015 TARGETED MILESTONES
5000 young entrepreneurs trained and supported
1000 drip irrigation kits distributed
5 000 solar lights distributed
1000 solar home kits distributed
500 YouSave Groups formed
PENYA GOES REGIONAL
To increase our impact and reach to marginalised youth PENYA is setting up a regional office. PENY@SA (read penyesa) offices will be based in Cape Town South Africa. PENY@SA will provide services and support young migrant Zimbabweans based in South Africa. The services to be given will include