Rafiki Ya Maisha

We founded Rafiki Ya Maisha to provide vocational training to unemployed young people & women in need, who have no secondary education nor access to trade schools in rural Western Kenya. This forgotten group of youths gets material assistance for acquiring life skills through our small college in Chepkanga. This village empowerment endeavor has components in conservation, health, culture, micro-finance, counseling, brick making. We are building a larger polytechnic center to serve Sergoit area.
Dec 11, 2014

10th Anniversary Year!

Wing I - First 4 workshops
Wing I - First 4 workshops

Dear Friends, Dear Rafikis, 

Let's Celebrate! This month, Rafiki Ya Maisha celebrated its 10th anniversary! Ten years on, we are thrilled to announce that our Chepkanga school graduated with a class of 97 students this November. As you may recall, our new Koshyn school broke ground in February and is putting finishing touches on its’ first building with 4 workshops. The Koshyn school will be ready to register students in January 2015.

As 2014 is coming to an end, we would like to share with you this years' accomplishments. From February to November, which corresponds to the Kenyan academic year, 97 trainees have followed classes. Below are some key points:   

  • 8 vocational training courses are offered: 1. Fashion Design 2. Electrical Installation 3. Food Technology 4. Carpentry and Joinery 5. Building and Masonry 6. Information Technology 7. Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy 8. Plumbing.
  • 6 instructors teach these courses.
  • The student ratio is 57 girls/40 boys training in the two-year program. 
  • 27 students sat for national exams and 34 students sat internal exams - all passed.
  • 45 graduates have either found employment in local firms or become self-employed and 5 students have gone for further study since the school opened in 2010.
  • The Electrical Installation course has been designated as the flagship course for the Chepkanga school and the Automotive & Welding course has been designated as the flagship course for the Koshyn school. 

You have contributed to a fantastic success this year. Our efforts have paid off. Let us see this as a first step. Many more are needed. One wing is now completed and three more are needed. Additional workshops, dorms & washrooms, refectory and sports fields are also programed. 

We are filling a dire need in the emerging economy of Kenya by giving basic education and technology to the rural youth. They are learning to support themselves. The social economic fabric lies in the hands of small & middle business. 

To close, I want to thank one and all for your participation in this grassroots project and for your belief that 10 years can build a solid International-African partnership. I’m proud of our collaborative success at this anniversary time. Aren’t you?

Happy future students
Happy future students
New church gates built by students
New church gates built by students
The Chepkanga community waves Thank You!
The Chepkanga community waves Thank You!

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Sep 9, 2014

Wing I gets a roof!

The first wing
The first wing

Dear friends,

 

Progress is unstoppable: the fist wing of our building has the roof structure! The rains did not deter the carpenters from putting up the frame.The enthusiam of our local partners and your generous donations allowed us to overcome the unusually long rains and the impassable roads.

Wing I for 4 workshops constitutes the first element of the larger buiding. Three other wings will complete the main building and form a quadrangle with a garden in the middle. Paths from each corner will lead to the garden and to each separate wing.

The local members of Rafiki Ya Maisha and YOUR donations have galvanized young and old, enthusiasts and sceptics, parents and future students. WIthout your help this project would not be changing the lives of a whole community, left for naught for the past 50 years. Aren't you happy to participate in this successful project? The local community cannot thank you enough and would be happy to welcome you in Kenya anytime. Please continue your support until the school is built and up & running. Thank you.

The roof structure
The roof structure
Jun 4, 2014

Foundations, Yes!

Blessing of foundations by Father Sean
Blessing of foundations by Father Sean

Dear Friends,

Freshly dug trenches for 4 workshops filled with 3 rows of steel wires, 4" of concrete and 3 layers of natural stone blocks... 760m of piping connecting the future school to the SOIN Water project of Koshyn.....tons of sand, ballast, hardcore and murram waiting to be used: work has started.

Imagine the joy of one resident who exclaimed: "Nothing had moved here in 50 years, and now something is happening!"The local people and their children had not seen this much action in a long time.

Easter week-end was a festive occasion this year with the laying of the cornerstone. A big event organized by RAFIKI YA MAISHA on April 21, 2014 brought together area representatives, land donor, county and governor officers, neighbors and villager children. The youth of the community are pitching in as laborers.

The 4 workshops will allow between 150-200 trainees to enroll before January 2015, the beginning of the next school year. This is phase one of the main building; the next phases will come wing by wing.

We need your help and support to get the next wings of the building constructed so that the 500-600 youths of the area can look towards a brighter future. Isn't it wonderful to be part of this project? 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Prof. Margaret Kamar, land donor (in red)
Prof. Margaret Kamar, land donor (in red)
Mr Cheruiyot, contractor, at site
Mr Cheruiyot, contractor, at site
Rafiki Ya Maisha laying cornerstone
Rafiki Ya Maisha laying cornerstone
Happy excited children of Koshyn
Happy excited children of Koshyn
Building of store on site
Building of store on site

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