THE BOY CHILD IN KENYA
The boy child in Kenya has been pushed to the periphery as more girl child empowerment programs are implemented. For a long time, the boy child has been ignored and this has led to life skills crisis among the boys, hence need for an urgent response in terms of empowerment. In the by-gone years, the rites of passage moulded boys to be great leaders and also cultivated ideals and virtues. With the changing times, this has largely changed in the modern society, leaving the boy child to fend for himself as he traces his survival path in life. As a result of the latter, most boys have gradually resulted to crime, drugs & substance abuse, immorality among other social vices.
According to recent statistics, the population of men in Kenyan prisons by September 2013 was 50,345 making 94.7% of all inmates in the country. 0.5% of these were children below 18years old. The number of prisoner had been increasing steadily since 2000. Most people involved in drug abuse in Kenya are youths between 15-35 years, majority being boys. At the social level, there are rising cases of absentee fathers, irresponsible fathers/husbands, immorality and poor leadership by men.
Cases of sexual violation of boys have also become rampant in the recent past. The cases are not being handled with the seriousness they deserve. Many boys have lost self identity/esteem and thus need motivation and encouragement in this area.
ALOMA Boys Empowerment Program (ABEP)
In response to the above challenges, ALOMA Consultants engages in training and mentoring young people in areas of leadership, life skills and sustainable development. These aim at unlocking their full potential and guide them to take their rightful place as leaders in the society.
ALOMA Consultants are guided by the premise that men must be in the fore-front in providing leadership in any society from the family, community, business and political spheres. Thus, the need for an empowerment program that would motivate young men right from their tender age.
Program target
ALOMA seeks to target the young men between the ages of 15years to 30 years. These will be further divided into 5 categories:
 15-18 year olds in Secondary schools
 18-20 year olds Post high school – pre-college/Pre-university boys
 18- 25year olds in colleges and universities
 18-30 year olds doing small businesses with no intention of continuing with education
 Street children
Expected results
Enrolling the young men in the ALOMA Boys Empowerment Program (ABEP), following outcomes will be seen both in the short and long term:
 Improved discipline and academic performance for school going boys
 Empowered young men who play their respective leadership and agents of change in society
 Responsible young men who embrace family and societal values and pass them to younger generations
 Reduction of crimes and drug abuse among men
 Improved businesses and business skills among young men
 Sustainable development within the county as the young men embrace the county’s development agenda