Tarasaa is a rural area in the southern part of Tana River County, Kenya. It is located in Tana Delta sub-county of Tana River County . The inhabitants of the area are the Pokomo in which the place Tarassa was derived.  In Pokomo language “Tarasaa” means “think deeply”. On the east side of Tarasaa is Tana River that flows north to south east. Lake Shakababo is located on the North side of the village that extends parallel with the riverside. The people of Tarasaa rely on Lake Shakababo for their farming they don’t use the natural rain as they fear the crops being washed away by the floods since the area is prone to floods. There are also pastoralists communities who rely on livestock.

Involvement of CAP YEI in Tarasaa Center


Batches Enrolled Total Enrolled Total Trained Total Under Training Total Employed Employment Percentage Entrepreneurs
1 70 70 60 NOT YET 0% 15

CAP YEI established it’s Basic Employability Skills Training (BEST) in 2018 at Tarassa Center after conducting market scan to establish skills demand in the area.  It was found out that Hairdressing and Automobile were in high demand. CAP YEI is partnering with Tana River county government department of youth training in conjunction with Tarasaa Vocational Training Center and trained youths in these fields.  We just completed training one batch of 70 trainees and we are in the process of starting a new batch. Of all the trainees who graduated from Tarassa center, 55 of them were placed in to jobs in various organizations while 15 of them decided to start small businesses as self- employed persons.

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CAP youth Empowerment Institute implements Basic Employability Skills Training (BEST) model through public-private partnerships for its sustainability and scalability. CAP YEI mobilizes and enrolls qualified target of youth by involving grass root government officials, local CBOs, network of youth organizations, youth and community leaders, and religious gatherings. CAP YEI skills training is guided by labor force demand in each area where our training is located as informed by market scan research and revisits.