The young men and women play an important role in the sustainable development of the communities they live. They contribute to their family incomes, advocate for their rights and stand at the fore front of efforts for positive changes. However, their efforts have underscored numerous obstacles due to extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS and other social problems, which has made it difficult for the youth to enjoy their lives under a peasant. It is not for granted that they are operating under such conditions, they lack the necessary motivation and incentives for change, lack skills in the farm, financial and operation management.
Government has put in place some legal and policy measures to address the unemployment challenge, such as, the National Youth Policy, the Skilling Uganda Strategic Plan 2012-2022 as well as the National Youth Council- all of which provide a framework for youth engagement and employment. These mechanisms have however, not been fully utilized to engage the youth in the development agenda of Uganda, thus limiting their ability to realize their full potential.
MUMYO was formed on the belief that the young people, men and women, are the inheritors of tomorrow and it becomes imperative that the youth should actively concern themselves with and indeed protect their inevitable heritage today rather than waiting for a soiled tomorrow. Uganda has the second youngest population in the world, with over 78% below 30 years, comprised of both the educated/skilled and the unskilled youth living in rural and urban areas.
We believe that engaging the youth and addressing their needs is critical to our organization mission to ending poverty and empowering the youth to take charge of their destiny and become forces of social change. There is also need to address the specific and adverse needs of the young people, such as, access to information and resources to support sustainable youth and rural development initiatives for self-reliance.