The role of the catholic church of Embu diocese in addressing me socio-economic challenges facing the Catholic Youth in Embu County
Ngungi, Agnes Wawira
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The youth encounter various socio-economic challenges which threaten to derail their lives to a successful and fulfilling future. This is a global phenomenon, true even to the youth of Embu County and particularly those of the research focus, the Catholic adherents. The study examined socio-ecoeemic cbaJlcoges confronting the Catholic youth in Embu County. The study was guided by the Complimentary Model of Interventions to Challenges Facing the youth, a conceptual framework that underscores the essence of a complimentary undertaking of the Christian and traditional view of the youth. It comprises measures for mitigating their socio-economic challenges. The study reviewed relevant liteGltore in line with the objectives of the study. The broad themes included the main socio-economic challenges facing the youth; causes of these socio-economic challenges in the context of the youth in Embu County; the effects of these challenges on the youth; the role of the local Catholic Church in addressing the challenges as well as the challenges facing the Catholic Church in Embu in its attempts to miti~e these cbalIeoges experienced by the youth in Embu County. This study largely employed the descriptive survey design to gather both primary and secondary data. The target population consisted of 200 Catholic youths. Both male and female youth were sampled Random, purposive and stratified sampling methods were used to sample the respondents. The resean:her used questiOnnaires. interview schedules, Focussed Group Discussions (FGDs) and observation schedules. These data gathering tools were helpful in generating both qualitative and quantitative data for this study. Data has been presented in form of discussions, narratives as well as descriptive statistics such as pie charts, line graphs and frequency tables where applicable. The research found out among other-things that the youth in Embu County face myriad socio-economic challenges. These include lack of needed education to be useful and well adjusted members of the society.· Unemployment was also found out to be a major challenge to the youth in the area. The study also found out various challenges facing the CatboIic Diocese of EmOO in mitigating these challenges among others. Finally, the study has suggested various recommendations to assist mitigate the various socio-economic challenges facing the Catholic youth in the county and entire universal church where applicable.