Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya

by Rafiki Ya Maisha
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
Build Skills with the "lost" Youth in Kenya
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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Catering trainees preparing our lunch
Catering trainees preparing our lunch

Dear Rafikis,

On the ground surprises:

One early morning in May, the County Governor calls! The French Ambasssador is in his office and visiting Eldoret today and...has not heard of our Koshin school project. A tour of KTTI, the Koshin Technical Training Institute, is promptly organized by our local leader Elizabeth T. Wowed by what he saw, the Cultural Attache suggested we submit another grant request to the Embassy.The French development grants now seek to support women's empowerment projects lead by local NGOs. Our Kenya branch is currently writing a proposal for a Child Care Center & Women's basic business education for the farmer women at MARURA market, Eldoret municipality. The main idea is to give babies a safe place to spend the day other than muddy or dusty market grounds, a place where mothers can breastfeed and give their young children nursery and pre-school activities. 

A Rafiki Ya Maisha Women's Wing has recently been created: dynamic professionnals and community leaders are now busy at work.They will carry this proposal through.

Two other communities have called us for assistance: KASSIM locality, on the ITEN road, wishes for a youth center and library with a meeting space; MUIYENENGWET locality, near Koshin, sought us out to help them develop projects on their community land.They own a beautiful 10 acre plot that has a goup of eager members wanting to develop it. 

Our UN presentation has created a buzz on the ground and prompted new initiatives. Bolstered by our visible accomplishments in and around ELDORET, people are trusting RAFIKI YA MAISHA .

School news: SERGOEK has a state of the art Catering department, complete with a new modern kitchen donated by the FAWCO Foundation. A new Ladies Hostel with a capacity of 150 beds is now finished. A donation of a second hand Nissan Navara twin cabin was handed over to the automotive department by Claire & Christian R.M. Enrollment for next September is currently at a record high with ...602 students!!! New land is needed here in order to expand this rapidly growing institution. KOSHIN has also expanded and recently added 2 new workshops, stores and a building with 4 additional classrroms. Their grounds are now planted and looking lovely. Hostels, sanitary blocks, a kitchen and restaurant are still needed here. Both schools are looking beautiful in this green & rainy time of the year.

This is the full news with many future projects in store.We need your help and support to move to new places and increase the visibility of RAFIKI YA MAISHA! Plan to come an visit us soon!

Kwaheri, good bye!

Claire 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New restaurant of catering department
New restaurant of catering department
BOG members & guests enjoying good food
BOG members & guests enjoying good food
New (freshly baptized!) Ladies Hostel
New (freshly baptized!) Ladies Hostel
Bunking capacity for 150 young women
Bunking capacity for 150 young women
Nissan Navara handover to the school
Nissan Navara handover to the school
Group photo - August 7, 2019
Group photo - August 7, 2019
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UN Building with flags NYC
UN Building with flags NYC

Jambo! Hello!

On March 14, Elizabeth T who travelled from Kenya & I from Paris gave a speech and shared the fruits of our Rafiki project at the UN-NGO forum in NYC. FAWCO, the Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas, invited me as a recipient of their Development grant to participate in a panel discussion. Living in the UN building for 4 days during the Commission on the Status of Women, CSW63, was quite an unforgettable experience! 

Think 9000 participants - mostly women from all around the world wearing their national dress - 800 conferences over an 11 day period...Imagine hundreds of voices singing We shall overcome today in one of the big auditoriums... In our 15 min speech, we demonstrated how our small NGO project had convincingly addressed this year’s theme of « Social protection, access to public services and gender equality & women empowerment through infrastructure» in our corner of rural Kenya. Our watchwords Leaving no-one behind allowed us to talk about how Rafiki Ya Maisha was dedicated to building the future of the lost youth of rural Kenya through technical and vocational training. Our co-panelists' speeches, a Town Hall meeting with UN SG Antonio Guterres, morning briefings and other informative panels all contributed to the « magical » feeling in the NY city spring air. 

Another event on the ground was the arrival of this year's great volunteer, Nikos T, a biology student from Thessaloniki, Greece. Passionate about the environment and football, Nikos spend 2 months teaching and helping the youth. He had a hard time leaving and is already sorely missed in Chepkanga.

Our new updated website is online, refreshed and looking more stylish and contemporary. Check out https://www.rafikiyamaisha.com/

Thank you all for your continued support and interest in Rafiki. Our little village empowerment movement that has had planetary exposure and global networking opportunities, along with all of you!

Best,

Claire

Claire & Elizabeth
Claire & Elizabeth
FAWCO group in Assembly Hall
FAWCO group in Assembly Hall
Speech time
Speech time
Nikos in Sergoek automotive workshop
Nikos in Sergoek automotive workshop
Nikos with host family
Nikos with host family
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