Men asked to 'marry and multiply' to save schools
10 August 2015, 11:27
Nyeri - Tetu MP, Ndung’u Gethenji has asked young men who have recovered from alcohol addiction to marry and give birth to more children.
Ndung’u expressed fears that nursery schools in his constituency were on the verge of closure due to lack of enough pupils.
While addressing his constituents after launching Huduma Kitchen Program, an initiative of National Youth Service (NYS), Ndung’u asked the young men to set up their own families having shunned illicit brews following a crackdown which he spearheaded in the area.
“We should not let our schools and other facilities to be closed because of lack of children. Marry and sire more children so as to increase our numbers. High population will lead to a strong economy,” said the MP while accompanied by his wife, Faridah Ndung’u.
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He further lauded the NYS youth empowerment program in the constituency stating that several youths have been transformed and improved their livelihoods.
“Since the youths were adopted in the NYS program, we have seen them changing. Some have bought dairy cows from their savings and are now generating income selling milk,” said Ndung’u.
He explained that a group of about 100 local women have been recruited to cook and sell food to the youths using the Huduma Kitchen.
“No money is exchanging hands. The youths will be buying lunch from the women at KES 50, which will be deducted from their daily incomes and remitted to the women’s bank accounts. Women will also benefit from NYS economic transformative programs,” he said.
The Huduma Kitchen has already been rolled out in 68 constituencies countrywide in the pilot project.
Sarah Muhoya, who is Huduma Kitchen national coordinator, said the local women have been directed to obtain Health Certificates in order to participate in the cooking activities.
“We are teaching them how to run the Kitchen profitably and as a business enterprise,” said Muhoya.
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