“It is especially important for Cargo Human Care that our projects are sustainable. We want to give the children of the Mothers’ Mercy Home a good foundation for their future career. Education is the uppermost priority,” says Lufthansa Cargo fleet chief Captain Fokko Doyen, a founder member of CHC and chairman of the organization.
Obtaining a school leaving qualification is the first major hurdle on the road to employment. But in order to succeed in gaining steady employment, further professional training is essential. CHC finances the young adults’ education and living costs through full and partial training sponsorships.
In order to make sure that stepping into adulthood does not feel like being thrown in at the deep end, the protégés receive support for their transition to an independent working life. The CHC working group “ChiCa” (Child Care) has assumed responsibility for coordinating and managing the training sponsorships. Special emphasis is placed on providing careers advice, mentoring towards self-reflection and encouraging individual initiative. But guidance on maintaining family ties and finding a place in Kenyan society also plays an important role.