Dec 14, 2020

Some good news!

Seed of Hope Kitui Fashion Design class open again
Seed of Hope Kitui Fashion Design class open again

We are DELIGHTED to announce that our Seed of Hope vocational training centres have re-opened! Our dedicated, committed teachers have spent the last 7 months ensuring all students can continue their education whilst at home. They provided printed workbooks every month, taught lessons using WhatsApp and gave every student counselling over the phone. Now they can focus on teaching the practical lessons.

At the moment we are doing a phased re-opening whilst some students are on work placements. We have had to build two temporary classrooms in Nairobi to ensure we can adhere to social distancing rules and keep the students safe. All of the fashion design students were trained on how to make masks and the school provided them with fabrics so that they could produce enough masks for themselves and other students in the different courses.

As the year comes to an end, the students are now sitting for their final year test to assess the effectiveness of both remote learning as well as face to face practical skills before they break for the holiday season. This week the teachers will be taking part in a 2 day workshop to give the team the opportunity to reflect and share their achievements of the year and make plans for the coming year which we anticipate will be even busier due to increased demand for our courses. 

Over 770,000 young people in Kenya have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, on top of the 800,000 who were already unemployed. The next few months will continue to be incredibly tough but we are determined to support, and work alongside, the students as they create a rewarding, secure future for themselves, free from poverty.

Sadly whilst this a small step towards returning to 'normal' we are still providing monthly emergency support to 51 vulnerable families who have lost all of their income and we're providing a cooked lunch to our 252 Seed of Hope students, for many this is the only meal they will eat each day.

We still have a long journey ahead but it's wonderful to have the students back learning in the classroom again. We couldn't do this without you - thank you for standing by us.

Seed of Hope Kitui
Seed of Hope Kitui
Dec 9, 2020

The business hub is underway!

Hello,

Thank you for supporting our business hub for graduates in Kitui, Kenya.

We are delighted to have received the drawings from the architect this week and builsing will hopefully commence building in early 2021 once we have the permissions through from the county.  The current year students are delighted to hear the news that the hub will hopefully be ready for them to use.  They're still working hard studying for their vocational courses and hope to do their exams in March 2021.

Thank you for you support ensuring young people can have the best start in setting up a new business to support themselves, and their families.

Best wishes,

Kirsty

UK Director

Nov 18, 2020

A glimmer of hope

Carpentry and joinery students back at Seed ofHope
Carpentry and joinery students back at Seed ofHope

After 7 long months our Seed of Hope vocational training centres have re-opened!

We are DELIGHTED to announce that our Seed of Hope vocational training centres have re-opened! Our dedicated, committed teachers have spent the last 7 months ensuring all students can continue their education whilst at home. They provided printed workbooks every month, taught lessons using WhatsApp and gave every student counselling over the phone. Now they can focus on teaching the practical lessons.

At the moment we are doing a phased re-opening whilst some students are on work placements. We still need to make urgent changes at the centres to ensure we can have all students back safely, adhering to social distancing rules, so we need to build temporary classrooms and get extra furniture and equipment. 

Over 770,000 young people in Kenya have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, on top of the 800,000 who were already unemployed. The next few months will continue to be incredibly tough but we are determined to support, and work alongside, the students as they create a rewarding, secure future for themselves, free from poverty.

Sadly whilst this a small step towards returning to 'normal' we are still providing monthly emergency support to 51 vulnerable families who have lost all of their income and we're providing a cooked lunch to our 252 Seed of Hope students, for many this is the only meal they will eat each day.

We couldn't do this without you - thank you for standing by us. We still have a long journey ahead but it's wonderful to have the students back learning in the classroom again.

I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe a well.

With best wishes,

Kirsty

Director - Raising Futures Kenya

kirsty@raisingfutureskenya.org.uk

 

Fashion design students back in their classroom!
Fashion design students back in their classroom!
Handwashing station
Handwashing station
Former graduate mentoring a current student
Former graduate mentoring a current student
 
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