This is a happy moment to be sending you a report. We have just returned from the field and experienced how much is happening. The recent visit of Irish Ambassador Dr. Vincent O'Neill and his wife, to our Koshyn polytechnic campus made the constrction site seem like a party site!
Indeed, thanks to a very generous grant from Irish Aid, attributed to RAFIKI YA MAISHA through Misean Cara, the Irish Ambassador to Kenya - the first after a 27 year absence from the country - set the corner stone in mortar on the foundation walls of WING 2. March 1st, 2015 was a double celebration : we admired the finished building of the 4 first classrooms/workshops of WING 1 and we officially started the construction of WING 2. In actuallity, WING 3 of the main quadrangle of the school has been planned and will also be finished at the same time as building 2.
The youth, the community, RAFIKI YA MAISHA International and Kenya team, Patrician Brothers from Kenya and the world at large, Misean Cara representatives fromDublin and numerous officials (govenors to Members of the Constitutional Assembly, Women representatives in the National Assembly,former minister of Education, a High Court judge, a woman engineer from the Ministry of Works, the director of all the Youth Polytechnics in Kenya) the Sergoek YP principal and our students were all present.
"We really enjoyed and learnt from the visit. What a great opportunity to see good development in practice and th coming together of so many committed people towards a common dream - which is on its wy to becoming a reality."
Thank you all for coming together with us and making this celebration possible. It would not have happened without your support and your friendship. I trust you feel the joy of participating in this dream with us?
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:
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?
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.
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?
Fresh field news:
The community in Koshyn, our second school campus, is putting a lot of energy into preparing the site: a pit latrine has been dug, a store and a watchman's house is being build. The local leaders, villagers and youths greeted the Quantity Surveyor and myself with prayers, songs and speeches.The youths in Chepkanga, our first school campus, gave the community a HUGE reason to be proud of them. The news here is noteworthy: St Joseph's church in Chepkanga received new lighting, a fully wood panelled office and a brand new gates, all installed by the young trainees of the Youth Polytechnic.
Rafiki Ya Maisha enjoys massive local, political and administrative support as well.
The fruits of these community efforts encouraged by your donor support is allowing everyone to be proud of their youth today. Thank you for believing that high school drop outs are full of potential. The gratitude and elation with the project is on all their faces. Look at our pictures: what do you think?
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