Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya

by Rafiki Ya Maisha
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya
Elizabeth, Patron, Treasurer and driving force
Elizabeth, Patron, Treasurer and driving force

Jambo everyone,

We are happy to wish you all a happier and safer New Year.

Field news from both schools is brief at this time. January is the start of the academic year in Kenya and our schools are busy taking enrollment of new students for the year. Meanwhile, during the month of February, the schools are occupied by exam takers and no teaching or any other activities can take place.

The construction of the new brick & mortar 4-classroom building at our Sergoek campus, on pause since Christmas, will pick up after the exam session. The Ministry of Works recently delivered the Certificate of Conformity allowing the roofing to begin shortly.

We wish to honor our Very first Rafiki Ya Maisha Board members and introduce them to you. Without our friendship and ongoing collaboration, Rafiki Ya Maisha would never have been able to reach the youth and succeed in our vocational training mission in this area of rural Kenya. Here is the core group that was formed in 2007:

Patron: Mrs. Elizabeth T., Farmer, Executive secretary of Moi Girls' High School and retired banker

Chairman: Mr. James C., Director of Insurance Company and former County Development Fund committee member

Secretary: Mr. Michael K., Farmer and retired Town Clerk; Gabriel T. Certified Public Accountant from 2019-today

Treasurer: Late Mrs Philomena B., Farmer and wife to former Kenya Ambassador; Mrs. Elizabeth T. from 2010-today

Vice-Chairman: Dr.Philip C.,Dentist and Elgeyo Marakwet County official

Members of Rafiki Ya Maisha:

Mrs Paulina O.,Quantity Surveyor, Moi University Lecturer

Mr. Joseph S., Farmer and retired Uasin Gishu counselor

Mrs. Aida K., County counselor Usin Gishu, Sergoek Ward

Mrs. Scolastica K., Retired official of Kenya Farmer's Association 

Mr. Michael S., Retired Catholic church Catechist

Mr. Dominic K., County counselor

Mrs. Susan C., Former Women's Representative of Elgeyo Marakwet County, joined in 2012

They are the backbone of the success story which we are proud to have achieved with all of YOU over the years. They value your sponshorship, feedback and sustained interest in their project.

Let us continue to uplift them! 

Claire

James, Chairman
James, Chairman
Michael, Secretary, retired
Michael, Secretary, retired
Gabriel, Secretary, current
Gabriel, Secretary, current
Dr. Philip, Vice-Chairman
Dr. Philip, Vice-Chairman
Paulina, member
Paulina, member
Joseph, member
Joseph, member
Late Mrs. Philomena, Treasurer
Late Mrs. Philomena, Treasurer
Scolastica, member
Scolastica, member
Michael, member
Michael, member
Aida, member
Aida, member
Dominic, member
Dominic, member
Dr. Susan C., member
Dr. Susan C., member
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SERGOEK Washbasins for Sanitary protocol
SERGOEK Washbasins for Sanitary protocol

Dear Rafikis,

SERGOEK School

We are proud to announce that we are able to fund the construction of 4 new classrooms/workshops at Sergoek vtc (vocational training center) thanks to a generous donation from the BENINA Foundation, Basel, Switzerland. These brick & mortar classrooms will replace the first classrooms built temporarily with corrugated iron sheets 10 years ago now. The BENINA Foundation was a substantial donor at the Koshin school allowing the building of a 450 seater Multipurpose Hall. The tender process for this new project took place in August despite the constraints of the sanitary situation. A contractor was selected and the ministries involved alongside the local government have approved the plans. As I write these lines, the site has been cleared for construction. 
Besides adding the biodigester/septic tank and drainage system for the entire school, Sergoek has also added 16 CCTV surveillance cameras 24/7, courtesy of the county government. This is a vast security improvement against possible property theft. 
Extra washbasins and classroom preparedness has earned the school the green light to resume teaching next week. The chairman and the school Board was proud to announce that upon inspection, they placed 1st out of the 5 schools in the county having met 60% of the basic protocols towards reopening. 5 out of the 11 schools in the county were approved. Sergoek was 84% ready! 

KOSHIN School

Construction and progress is ongoing at KTTI as well, though the school has remained closed since March. Online teaching is not an option in the rural areas, as you cazn imagine. Students who are due to sit end-of-year exams will be readmitted next week and hopefully about 100-120 will be present. The rest of the students, about 200 of them, will have lost the academic year, most unfortunately. COVID prevention measures were implemented with additional wash points, classroom distancing, a "holding room" for students with symptoms, no-contact temperature assessment at the gate, an ambulance response protocol, etc. In terms of progress, we can report that a full library room was newly installed, that the two large workshops added last year (courtesy of Mission Cara, Ireland) are ready to be used and that 2 x 10.000 L water tanks will shortly be hoisted into place. Additionally, a bore hole, a sceptic tank and an ablution block project currently under construction should be ready by year end. This would solve the ongoing water problem.

Thank you for your faithful support allowing our schools to feel morally and financially supported through these unprecedented times.

Stay safe wherever you are and Asante sana as always for your interest and friendship. We need you more than ever!

Claire

SERGOEK Classroom distancing
SERGOEK Classroom distancing
SERGOEK New CCTV Cameras
SERGOEK New CCTV Cameras
SERGOEK Officials & Old Iron Sheet Building
SERGOEK Officials & Old Iron Sheet Building
SERGOEK Construction begins on New Building
SERGOEK Construction begins on New Building
KOSHIN New Library room
KOSHIN New Library room
KOSHIN Classroom desk distancing
KOSHIN Classroom desk distancing
KOSHIN Workshops now ready for use
KOSHIN Workshops now ready for use
KOSHIN Future Sceptic Tank
KOSHIN Future Sceptic Tank
KOSHIN Future Ablution Block
KOSHIN Future Ablution Block
KOSHIN Ablution Block construction Progress
KOSHIN Ablution Block construction Progress

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Cool Youth Crew finishing School Gate
Cool Youth Crew finishing School Gate

Dear Rafikis,

First, a word about how the National Emergency in Kenya has impacted the country. In contrast to the alarmist predictions of how the African continent would fare in the face of this pandemic, the results in containing the virus in Kenya have been impressive so far. Though job losses and setbacks increased, the government introduced tax reliefs and health care funds amongst other adjustments. The Kenyan people took the full lockdown extremely seriously. To date, 63 lives were claimed by COVID-19.

Many Kenyans, unlike citizens in industrialized countries, have the ability to return to their rural homes and to switch from city jobs to rural labour for food. So far, so good.

Institutions of higher learning were closed indefinitely on March 20, 2020. Public servants were limited to 4 people in face to face meetings. Webex and Zoom Apps served the administration of the schools and allowed Board member meetings. However, these platforms have not been put to use for virtual learning at this point. In view of the full operational closure of the schools, both of our institutions have nevertheless remained impressively active.

KOSHIN, KTTI, the upper level school, went through the lenghty process of interviewing and hiring 5 new trainers for the following departments:
1. Building technology and civil engineering 2. Agricultural engineering 3. ICT 4. Megatronics.
As I write, suppliers and service providers are being invited to tender for goods and services.
SERGOEK vtc, the entry level school, finished the impressive entrance gate that now stands freshly painted. It also used this time to construct a biodigester* and full drainage system for the school. The county government approved the project and disbursed 2 mio Ksh, $18.800, for the project. Large sized water tanks now flank the buildings and inlet drainage bassins dot the back of the buildings. The school will be fully able to handle waste water and harvest the generous rain water during future wet seasons. Just before lockdown, the catering students managed to display their talents at the Eldoret Vocational School Fair.
Confinement has not stopped the good work as you can see in the pictures.
Thank you for your continued support. Next: we are looking forward to providing the school with a new stone buidling with 4 classrooms in order to replace the temporary iron sheet structure put up 10 years ago now.
Be safe wherever you are!
Asante.
Claire

 

 *Biodigester: a type of sceptic tank, but unlike a tradutional sceptic tank, this new technology allows solid waste to be eaten by microorganisms and provides reusable water for gardening

Sergoek Welcomes you in Style!
Sergoek Welcomes you in Style!
Biodigester under Construction
Biodigester under Construction
10.000L Water Tank behind Hostel
10.000L Water Tank behind Hostel
Drainage System
Drainage System
Neat School in full working order
Neat School in full working order
Students advertising their Culinary Talents
Students advertising their Culinary Talents
Gov. Mandago tempted by the Black Forest Cake
Gov. Mandago tempted by the Black Forest Cake
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New School Gate for Sergoek school
New School Gate for Sergoek school

Dear Friends of Rafiki,

 

School 1: Sergoek vtc (vocational training center) is expanding and has a brand new, still unpainted, fresh new gate. The watchman now has his own house, a safe and warm place intergrated in the front gate. See picture.

Registration at the school is ongoing. The academic year in Kenya starts with the calendar year which means that the December graduates are just starting to register for their next course of study. The school organizes 2 registration periods, one in January and one in May.

Last year, the 1st and 2nd year students together totalled 602 applicants. The Principal is hoping for the same numbers or more for this year.

School 2: Koshin tti (technical training institute) is also planning for a new gate which will give visibility and status to this impressive campus. See design.

Registration here is at 390 students this year, up by a third from last year when the total number of students reached 300. Sports activities have gained in practice, teams are getting organized so that they can start intercollegiate games. The school is eager to establish itself as having strong athletes.

Another distinction student emerged from last year's pool of graduates, making the school proud of it's Information Science department, once again.

The 2 new workshops at the back of the campus are ready to be handed over this month and will beecome operational in the course of the next few months.

More news after my forthcoming February trip and Board meetings! With much gratitude for all of you for your continued support that offers a productive future to these young people.

Claire

School Gate design for Koshin school
School Gate design for Koshin school
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Meeting of Rafiki's Women's Wing
Meeting of Rafiki's Women's Wing

 

Dear Rafikis,

A new section of Rafiki Ya Maisha Kenya was created this past semester, spearheaded by dynamic professionals and community leaders. This new wing is composed of:

Elizabeth T., Patron of Rafiki Ya Maisha Kenya and leader of the Catholic Women's group in Eldoret, Elizabeth C., Business wowen and founder of Seko Girls High School in Koshin, Theresia C., Commmunity leader and founder of the Nursery School in Koshin, Joyce C., Neighbor and member of Rafiki Ya Maisha, Sister Macrina, Community leader of Women's projects in Iten, Dr. Susan C., Director of the Center for Transformation and Women's Empowerment (anti-FGM) in Keiyo district, Pauline O., Quantity Surveyor and member of Board of Architects and Surveyors, Aida K., Counselor of Chepkanga and founding member of Rafiki Ya Maisha. THis is an amazing group of women who know how to move, use their ability to influence decisions and take the lead in helping people adjust to challenges and creating hope.

These women are been busy drawing up new proposals for future projects; they have recently been called upon for helping with a (1) Child Care Center for the farmer women at Marura market and a (2) Heritage revival project in Muiyeng'wet location. Both projects are in rural areas and within the municipality of Eldoret town. 

We are proud of the leaps and bounds in the developments of both Sergoerk and Koshin vocational and technical training schools that are leaving a remarkable and uplifting imprint. Other communitites are now inpired to seek assistance and push for more self-help actions.

Our pictures show active trainees at Sergoek vtc in brand new uniforms: don't those future chefs look professional with their white coats and traditional toques? Sergoek produced their new school emblem marked with the words "Action Borne Skills".

We also can admire the congratulational handshake of principal Cheruyiot of Kohin TTI with trainee Viviane C. This bright and promissing 21 year old young woman is the first in the school to earn a distinction, the highest mark, in the National Exams for Information Science. 

Please visit our new website www.rafikiyamaisha.com. It has been redesigned, looks refreshed and is up and running. It has a more contemporary and colourful look.

Thank you all for this great year and for your vital support of the people of this region of Kenya whose youth would not have a forseeable future without our collective efforts. Asante sana! 

Claire

 

 

 

 

Mdr.Ntl.Ass. Biwot with Claire & catering trainees
Mdr.Ntl.Ass. Biwot with Claire & catering trainees
Principal Chumba with teachers, Sergoek
Principal Chumba with teachers, Sergoek
Future cook preparing a meal
Future cook preparing a meal
Trainees in new uniforms
Trainees in new uniforms
Sergoek'snew emblem
Sergoek'snew emblem
Princ. Cheruyiot and Viviane, valedictorian KTTI
Princ. Cheruyiot and Viviane, valedictorian KTTI

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