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,
Director - Raising Futures Kenya
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Former graduate mentoring a current student