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.
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
Mar 6, 2014

The Enthusiasm of the Community

Happy women with bricks, Koshyn
Happy women with bricks, Koshyn

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?

Marcella, youth leader/treasurer, Koshyn
Marcella, youth leader/treasurer, Koshyn
Men building the store, Koshyn
Men building the store, Koshyn

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