AssalamuAlaikum lovely readers,

If you’ve been keeping up with the last few blog posts you probably understand the situation many Kenyans face to a certain extent. Their struggles, their stories, and their reality- although it’s a hard truth to face, its one which must certainly be discussed. We all need to understand that even though everyone is tested in their own way, it doesn’t mean we can’t work together to ease one’s test. And who knows, maybe our test is judged based on what we do to assist others with their own hardships.

A couple blog posts before this one I discussed the importance of educating the youth to equip them with the necessary skills needed to end their generational cycle of hardship. But what do we do for the individuals responsible for these youths? What do we do for the adults, the parents, and the grandparents who don’t have the time to go through school because they’re busy taking care of their families? Education is still a major factor, however, we focus on a more specialized approach.

As a solution to this problem, Helping Hand has built several Skills Development Centers (SDCs). These centers were built to organize training courses in a variety of different areas such as dressmaking, embroidery, IT skills, knitting, office automation, and learning English. All courses are taught free of charge and materials are donated by HHRD’s generous donors.

My biggest takeaway from the visits of these centers was to never underestimate the power of your donation. Something as small as donating henna sticks, which costs us no more than five dollars, has the potential to completely alter someone’s livelihood for the better.

We are responsible for educating ourselves on matters such as these. I mean, isn’t that our purpose in this world? Aren’t we supposed to be working together to alleviate the hardships our fellow brothers and sisters face? Our purpose in this world has to be more than fancy jobs and expensive cars, an unfulfilling life which brings no happiness or ease. Don’t get me wrong, its perfectly okay to want and like nice things, but we should always remember the state of our hearts as well. Honestly ask yourself, do you love for others what you love for yourself?

To learn more about HHRD’s Skills Development Centers and to read about their success stories, please visit here.