Project #7766

Build Skills with "lost" Youth in Kenya

by Rafiki Ya Maisha
Dec 27, 2011

3 new workshops open!

new teachers and students
new teachers and students

The Sergoek Vocational training center in Chepkanga opened with 3 new workshops in September!

Students can now learn Carpentry and Joinery, Electrical and Electronic Technology and Food Processing Technology for the first time in the area. A fourth government sponsored instructor is teaching Fashion and Design. These courses come in addition to the existing workshops in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy and Computer Technology sponsorsed by RAFIKI YA MAISHA instructors. We now offer a total of 6 training workshops to students.

The interesting feature here is that we have one girl studying with the boys in the Electrical and Electronic Workshop and one boy who signed up with Hairderssing and Beauty Therapy. These gender lines are easily crossed in our Western societies, but they represent real inroads in rural Kenya.

Two youth prefects began participating in the RAFIKI board meetings and the Youth Officer for the Ministry of Youth Affairs is implementing the new courses with energy. The French government has pledged funds for the building of the new structure for the coming year.

The fact remains that the students are learning in 2 different temporary locations. One of the temporary structures  lacks windows and doors for 2 of the 4 classrooms. Unusually heavy rains in Kenya this year have not made this comfortable for teachers and students. Rain combined with an altitude of 7000ft made both accessibility and temperature a prolonged challenge.

In 2012, we'll start building the permanent structure on the newly alloted 5acre piece of land. Our main focus here is to find trained volunteers for the positions of  (a) engineer/architect (b) principal and (c) business consultant. With your continued assistance, we will find these professionals, organize new sports tournaments, systematize the brick making, recruit new student volunteers and continue to encourage gender equality.

Many best wishes to all in the New Year.

Thank You for helping us build a world beyond poverty,

Claire Mathijsen

Female student in Electrical workshop
Female student in Electrical workshop

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Organization Information

Rafiki Ya Maisha

Location: Paris - France
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Claire Mathijsen Roth
Paris, France