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
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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Road to KTTI before February 2019
Road to KTTI before February 2019

Dear Rafikis,

This report will demonstrate how development calls for development and how it has had considerable impact on our 2 school projects. The pictures will say it all.

Koshin, KTTI

The big news if that the mud road, at times quite impassable during the rains, has now been tarmacked! It passes smack in front of the school. No more geting stuck or having to give up on site or Board meetings. This clearly means easier and painless accessibility to the school for all.

This road had been earmarked for tarmacking since I can remember.... it is now it has almost reached the Moiben junction on the Iten road. You can spot the green roofs of the school buildings in the far left on the horizon. Micah, our  kind and generous neighbor is standing on the photo.

Sergoek, vtc

The mess hall or restaurant for the 352 students enrolled in the school this year is nearing completion. The modern kitchen is practically ready to be installed and will make the flagship catering course of the school appear more attractive to prospective students.

At this point in time, with the county and national government building the road and the restaurant, our PPP is taking on it's full meaning. The modern kitchen is the result of a FAWCO Foundation grant and complements what the county has jumped in to do. A relay system is in place and our co-development is truly functional. What joy to see that the government of Kenya increased it's budget and strengthened it's sense of responsibity towards the youth. In 2018, they made good on promises.

You can be happy, along with all of us, to feel that all our efforts are paying off! Thank you all for this amazing collective entreprise!

Claire

Road to KTTI today!
Road to KTTI today!
New restaurant at Sergoek
New restaurant at Sergoek
Sergoek's modern kitchen, last phases
Sergoek's modern kitchen, last phases
Where we came from
Where we came from
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Elizabeth and Claire in Paris
Elizabeth and Claire in Paris

Dear Rafikis,

Elizabeth T, patron of Rafiki Ya Maisha Kenya has made it to France after 18 years! Elizabeth and her family have made good on their promise. We are thrilled to share the latest news from our schools. But we are even happier that our dream of sharing life experiences is happening. The grand goal of develpping cultural exchanges is taking place in both directions. Claire will be hosting a Board meeting followed by a RAFIKI party for our past volunteers next week too.

We are happy to report that our two schools are growing and developing beautifully. They are quite like babies taking less wobbly and more assured steps. We are proud of their achievements and exhilirated to witness the impact of our partnership with the Kenyan government.

The Sergoek VTC (Vocational Training Center) opened it's doors in 2008 with 1 student; 2 years later, there were 28 registered students and today - fast forward 10 years - the enrollment reached 356 out of which nearly 200 are taking the artisan examination in October.

The county government has become a very active player by: (1) sponsoring 25 students (2) funding a ladies' dorm (3) providing tools & equipment worth €16.300/$18.800 (4) funding 2 classrooms and a restaurant. Meanwhile, the national government has resumed it's tuition subsidies and is providing scholarships to 300 students. All this makes wanting to learn a trade more available to the youth.

Rafiki Ya Maisha is pressently funding a modern kitchen thanks to the generosity of the FAWCO (Federation of Amercian Women's Clubs Overseas) development grant. Our support is still very much needed in the area of infrastructure. The school is also dreaming of more land to add a playing field.

A first local RAFIKI YA MAISHA fundraising evening was organized for the benefit of Koshin TTI (Technical Training Institute). It was successful and well attended. We are growing and gaining traction.

Thank you all for your help, your support and your belief that these rural youths can develop their talents at home. Asante sana!  

Claire 

Rafiki Ya Maisha fundraiser in Eldoret
Rafiki Ya Maisha fundraiser in Eldoret
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