During the past few months, despite the financial constraints, the project has been moving forwards.
The Centre is well on the way to becoming an approved training centre and will be registered by Teveta. This will enable examinations to take place on site avoiding fees for external examinations and the transport costs.
The newly appointed manager is busy making best use of current resources.
Although not yet complete, the new workshop is being used to train students in carpentry. Chickens are being fattened and sold to the local community to bring in extra funds. It is clearly recognized that this is a partnership, the local people will do what they can to generate income locally, but they also need our support.
This project faces major challenges, but the local people are determined to make a difference to the local teenagers. Any funds they receive are being carefully allocated to bring maximum benefit – the priority at the moment being to ensure that there are sufficient materials for the tailoring and carpentry classes.
Some tailoring students have completed their courses and are currently producing items for sale, while waiting to sit their examinations. Similarly, as the carpentry students become more proficient, they expect to sell some of their work to raise additional funds.
The three Dogba School classrooms have been structurally finished and all are in daily use for teaching. The village children - pupils at the school - took responsibility with their parents and the headteacher for clearing the site of building materials and creating attractive and dry learning spaces. The recent flooding did not enter the building though dugouts were used to ferry pupils to the school.
There remains only the essential plastering and painting of the structure to provide the best chance of sustaining its use for many years to come. Funding of £2000 is currently being sought for this purpose. Can you help please?
In order to support the staff and provide a basic level of sustained income, volunteers will visit the community this summer and will be taking a tractor and farming implements, computers and bicycles to facilitate secondary school attendance. All considerations of making financial donations to this next development will be most welcome.
Just a quick note to keep you up to up to speed and let you know that Amy (physiotherapist) will be going shortly to Athi to help at with the children in the school. She will be staying until the end of June.
Amy will be traveling out with Heidi our project co-ordinator who will add a report here on her return at the end of May.
We're looking forward to hearing how they are all getting on, including of course Nelly who is due for her surgery at the beginning of June.
There are four key areas to explore in discussion on their visit to Athi. (Maybe others will also become apparent!) These are:
1 Dining hall/kitchen
2 The dormitory and its water supply,
3 Future volunteer help and
4 Provision options for supplying all-terrain wheelchairs.
Please watch this space!