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
Graduation Invitation card
Graduation Invitation card

Dear Rafikis, dear faithful friends,

You can be as proud as parents! Last week, the Sergoek vocational training center in Chepkanga held a colorful and well attended FIRST ever graduation ceremony. One hundered and eleven second year graduates in cap & gown transformed the looks of the school on May 25, 2018.

The highest number of graduates were in Food & Nutrition, followed by those in Electrical studies. The principal was thrilled to announce that there were169 new registrations for the coming year. Today, this totals the enrollment at 247 trainees! We are making history!

The local government officials and policy makers have been actively recruting new students and promoting skills development in the county recently. The most convincing proof of this current enthusiasm and renewed support is the revitilization of the scholarship program. A reduced fee structure and greater access to technical education by the Deputy President of Kenya is helping to turn mentalities and beliefs around.The official focus now is on skills rather than theory.

You were the forerunners of this transformation: you can proudly feel that you have contributed to change the paradigm and open the road to human capital development in Kenya.

In Eldoret, the move away from farming to agroprocessing and manufacturing is plain to see. Progress is everywhere, in the new roads, the street lighting, the ban on plastic bags and when you speak to young men and women you get the sense that they are truly feeling the potential to transform their lives and the country.

Vision 2030 started along the little mud road in Chepkanga and it is growing strong. WIth a 115% increase in enrollments and a doubling of the number of diploma holders this year, the little vocational training center in Chepkanga is on the map.

Cheers to all,

 

Claire

1st Graduation in full regalia
1st Graduation in full regalia
Colorful rows of Students & Teachers
Colorful rows of Students & Teachers
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New Benina building
New Benina building

Dear friends,

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 can now acquire life skills through our college and Institute in Chepkanga and Koshin. These village empowerment institutions have components in IT, agribusiness, conservation, health, culture and various technical skills leading to manufacturing jobs. Our schools have become game changers.

After almost 18 years of perseverance and ownership through friendship with our Kenyan friends and government partners, we launched our new Intitution! February 20, 2018 was a proud day for all: Official opening of Koshin Technical Training Institute (KTTI), inauguration of the brand new school hall/multipurpose room with our sponsors from France and completion of the central school quadangle. The latest building is magnificent by all standards with it's stage, bright hall and wood panneled finishings. The generosity of the BENINA foundation made this possible.

50 new students, dancers, community leaders and a dynamic principal welcomed us to KTTI. The eventful day was attended by many local representatives, two governors, an ambassador, a senior government planner for technical education, a senator and others who came from Nairobi and from the area to celebrate with us. Uasin Gishu Gov. Jackson M. was our chief guest and project leader Claire M. gave the key note speech. There were 600+ happy guests and a national TV coverage.

The road passing in front of the school is in the process of being tarmacked thus enhancing accessibility to this institute in the middle of the rural fields around Eldoret.

In Chepkanga, a celebratory day complete with dances and political representatives got a huge new boost on the following day. The promise of two extra acres of land will allow the school to grow from 1 to 3 acres. We are now hoping to sponsor a new kitchen for the vocational training center. Many youths are feeling encouraged by the testimonies of those who have succeeded thanks to their training. Mission well accomplished!

Thank you all for participating in this worthwhile and uplifting cause. As Theresia, leader of the Koshin women's group proudly said: " from nowhere to somewhere". You can be proud too!

Claire Mathijsen 

Multipurpose Hall 450 people
Multipurpose Hall 450 people
Sponsors and Governor inaugurate
Sponsors and Governor inaugurate
Student dancers celebrate event
Student dancers celebrate event
Officials and guests at opening ceremony
Officials and guests at opening ceremony
Red carpet for all please!
Red carpet for all please!
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Youth leaders Ivy & Oliver
Youth leaders Ivy & Oliver

Dear friends,

 

The dynamic coming to life this year of the RAFIKI YOUTH GROUP in Chepkanga location is our main pride & joy. It's two leaders, Ivy and Oliver, have managed to register 30-40 motivated friends. They outlined their mission, their goals in an offfical Charter and registered as a non-profit with the Eldoret municipality. They intent to bring environemental awareness to the chldren of the area. They were given a small road side plot by the area chief to start a nursery. They are being advised in irrigation and marketing techniques by last year's star graduate. Their seedling sales will bring the neeed cash flow for their Club activities.

Our two schools, the vocational training center in Chepkanga and the Technical Training Institute in Koshin have both reached new heights. We close the year after a shortened academic year due to an unusually extended electoral process. This did not stop our school Boards from meeting nor did it prevent the governments, both local and national, to endow the schools with new equipment

Chepkanga is a vocational training center with Catering as it's flagship course; Koshin stands out with a state of the art Electrical and Electronic course. Both schools have active headmasters, fully motivated to have their school reach the best levels for their students. They have chat groups with peer centers to share ideas and best practices.

We are very encouraged by what we have seen during our trips this year. We are also setting our sights on February 2018 with the official opening of Koshin TTI and the inauguration the newest BENINA builiding. 

Thanks a million to all of you who encourage the rural youth to seek a more productive life. Best wishes for the New Year.

Claire

Youth Group meeting with Elizabeth & Claire
Youth Group meeting with Elizabeth & Claire
Mandasi doughnuts prepared by students
Mandasi doughnuts prepared by students
Claire, Principal & staff - Koshin school
Claire, Principal & staff - Koshin school
Mentor Edwin & Claire - Chepkanga school
Mentor Edwin & Claire - Chepkanga school
Koshin site visit with Architect & foreman
Koshin site visit with Architect & foreman
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Sergoek graduates with Diplomas
Sergoek graduates with Diplomas

Dear Rafiki, dear friends,

Our first vocational school, the SERGOEK campus, has been rising to new heights:

- The school was selected to become an examination center for the district thus increasing it's visibility and role in the area - New equipment was provided by the local governement bringing stores, closets & computer desks to the classrooms         - The catering students proudly displayed their culinary know how to the delight of the community on graduation day

The school will be expanding soon and we are presently raising funds for the women's dorm and bathrooms.

Our second vocational school, the KOSHIN campus, has become very active:

- The principal started registering the first students for the recently opened electrical department                                                             - The school held an official ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new computer center                                                             - The latest bulding under construction with a Multipurpose Hall is raising it's roof on large trusses at the present time.

We expect that this higher level institution will be taking off very fast as the novelty has a large appeal.

 

We are moving. We are active! Students have school uniforms and Tshirts, they are playing sports and graduating with new skills. Our brand new equiment and the improvements look amazing.

There is still a lot to be done. Thank you for so much for your support that means so much to us all, in France and in rural Kenya! We wouldn't be where we are today without you. Kweli! (really!)

Claire 

Sergoek's new computer desks
Sergoek's new computer desks
Sergoek - young caterers display goods
Sergoek - young caterers display goods
Koshin principal & guests testing new equipment
Koshin principal & guests testing new equipment
Koshin's happy government sponsor
Koshin's happy government sponsor
Koshin: a roof for Wing IV in quadrangle
Koshin: a roof for Wing IV in quadrangle
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Container arriving in Koshin
Container arriving in Koshin

Dear Friends,

 

These last days & months have been busier than ever on the ground in Koshin:

 

- A huge generator, the size of a room, was delivered to the school on March 28, 2017

- 2 huge trucks with containers with electrical equipment have arrived from the port of Mombasa on May 15, 2017

- Power and lighting has been connected to the institution for the very first time on June 4, 2017 !

- The equipment for the elctrical workshop took 5 days last week to assemble & install 

- The teacher's desk is now installed, complete with projector, desktop computer and accessories

- Seedilings were delivered and planting along the hedges of the compound was done earlier this month too

- The last building of the quadrangle with 2 classrooms & a multipurpose hall has now reached the ringbeam level

- The stage of the multipurpose hall is already built

- Recruitment of teachers is being conducted by the principal

 

We are overjoyed to see our school become a reality. Our combined efforts, energy and generosity has borne it's fruits. Students will now be able to access this learning institution soon.

We are grateful to the Kenyan Goverment for furnishing and running the school; we admire the ceaseless energy of the Rafiki Ya maisha community and our friends in Kenya for pulling it all together; we thank all of our donors for beliving in our project and for their generosity. It is all flourishing in full view now! We couldn't have done this without anyone of you!

Team work is our strength and daily joy. You encourage us to pursue this until every workshp is equiped and the school is brimming with students. Come and visit soon!

Claire Mathijsen

Rafiki team & school staff with arrivals
Rafiki team & school staff with arrivals
Training desks in electrical workshop
Training desks in electrical workshop
A fully equipped desk
A fully equipped desk
Teacher's Presentation desk
Teacher's Presentation desk
New generator being unloaded
New generator being unloaded
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Rafiki Ya Maisha

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Claire Mathijsen Roth
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