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
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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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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Rafiki Ya Maisha

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