According to the Ministry of Youth Employment, more than 79% of the Ivorian population is under 35 years of age, 53.4% are unemployed, and most of them are women. People between the ages of 14 to 35 make up nearly 3/4 of the unemployed population and nearly 52% are poorly educated at the primary school level. Faced with this situation, the Ivorian Government has adopted concrete measures, including the adoption of strategic frameworks for job creation such as a national employment policy, and an employment recovery strategy, but above all the creation of a Ministry exclusively dedicated to the issue of the Promotion of Youth and Youth Employment. Even if the majority of the unemployed youth live in Abidjan, other cities face the same problem.
The Reaching Priority Populations with HIV Project (RPP-HIV Project) includes this concern at the center of its interventions by promoting the empowerment of families of orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV / AIDS in Ivory Coast.
"I got a higher technician diploma in production and sales. I also did more than four job interviews, without success," says expressed Koffi Marius, speaking for several young people from OVC families. "As soon as my mother informed me of this training that the RPP-HIV Project organizes in techniques for Job Search, I canceled all my activities to participate. I am convinced that with the advice I just received, my next interview for a job will be a success!”
Having a job is a step on the real path to empowerment and individual and family dignity.
Since 2017, Jhpiego has received funding from CDC PEPFAR for the implementation of the RPP-HIV Project, in partnership with AVSI in the localities of Daloa, Gagnoa, Oume, Daloa, Issia, Bouafle, Sinfra and Mankono. The goal of the RPP-HIV project is to improve the health status of Priority Populations in targeted districts, through increased access to quality services in the areas of prevention, screening, care and support. Thus, AVSI in Ivory Coast is in charge of implementing the quality care and support component for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) because of HIV / AIDS and their families.
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