Education  Kenya Project #16906

Help Build a Trade School for Youth in Rural Kenya

by Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre
Help Build a Trade School for Youth in Rural Kenya
Help Build a Trade School for Youth in Rural Kenya
Help Build a Trade School for Youth in Rural Kenya
Help Build a Trade School for Youth in Rural Kenya
Help Build a Trade School for Youth in Rural Kenya
Help Build a Trade School for Youth in Rural Kenya
Help Build a Trade School for Youth in Rural Kenya
Help Build a Trade School for Youth in Rural Kenya
Help Build a Trade School for Youth in Rural Kenya
Help Build a Trade School for Youth in Rural Kenya
Help Build a Trade School for Youth in Rural Kenya
Help Build a Trade School for Youth in Rural Kenya
Giving soap to widows and orphans for hand washing
Giving soap to widows and orphans for hand washing

This year has been a challenge due to Covid – 19 pandemic. The government announced closure abruptly and all the students had to go home.  The year started well, we had 25 new students who had joined the school, 15 second year students and 20 had gone for a three months internship.

The reopening of the school is unknown but we are waiting for the government to give us the way forward.  We are trying our best to communicate with the students to   practice the measures set by the government seriously.  It is hard reach out to them because gathering are not allowed and technology is still down in the rural areas. 

We are also conducting feeding program through food distribution because most of our students depend on the meals provided at the school.  They are struggling because most of them live on a dollar per day which can’t buy them food at the moment.  The cost of food stuff is high and most of the families in the community can’t afford.  We are doing what we can to help them have at least a meal a day.

We can’t stop thanking those who are still sending their donations during this hard times.  We are able to do what we are doing because of your generosity.  Kindly share the good work you are doing with friends and family. Thank and stay safe,  

Food distribution at the trade school
Food distribution at the trade school
Guardians to our students waiting for food
Guardians to our students waiting for food
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One of the babies in  care at the trade school
One of the babies in care at the trade school

The trade school is offering trades to the youth especially the needy.  Most of the youth in the community are primary school graduates and because of their backgrounds they never had the opportunity to join high school and even get skills to help them in their future lives.  This has affected the lives of many in the community and this increases the poverty in most households. The efforts in making a difference and bringing a lasting change in the lives are shuttered due to lack of education/skills.

The trade school has supported over 100 students in the last few years and most of them are self-employed and or   employed.  We have set up a sponsorship program supporting individual student and this has worked well in the last few years.  We have started admitting young girls who dropped out of school due to early pregnancy and had no chance to go back to school.  Most of the girls come from poor families and poverty contributes to what happened in their lives.

This program will be helping the girls and their children.  The baby care program care for their children while their mothers learn. We have dressmaking, hairdressing and catering.  This will give them an opportunity to help their children in future.

This year’s admissions have gone well, we have 20 students’ first year students.  WE have 13 who have gone for attachments and 10 2nd year students.  We don’t have enough dormitories and we are planning to construct a dormitory starting mid-year.  This will give room for more girls to come for the training.

Share with friends and families about our sponsorship program towards the youth and the benefits they get from the skills.  Learning keeps the youths busy and has highly contributed to behavior change.  This has brought peace and good security in the community.

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Our school holidays have started well and we are happy to report that we had a wonderful time all year round with the trade school students.  It has been good to see the change in the lives of the youth. Their excitement as they progress in their skills is promising and we believe they have a brighter future ahead.

Our page has been dormant for sometime and we are kindly requesting you to continue sharing with friends about the good work you are doing.  We have not completed our construction for the dining hall and the kitchen.

This year we had 15 students who were sitting their final exams and we are expecting more students next year. We have seen growth every year and we cant wait to see more lives changing.

We are grateful for your efforts in supporting the buiding of this school.  We have realised the importance and we believe our community will change foever.  Youth are realising their potential and they are eager to utilize the available opportunities.  As staff we dont just offer skills but we give provide counseling and rehabilitation.  We are also giving an opportunity to girls who dropped out of school due to early preganancies. This program is attracting many girls and next year we are expecting more girls.

Thank you for your generousity.

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Teachings advising the girls in high school
Teachings advising the girls in high school

The second semester ended so fast and our students have been busy participating in various activities.  The students have worked hard during their internship and they have gained enough experience ready for their exams in the next one month.

We have ten students who have completed their two years Artisan course and their graduation will be in November.  We are proud of these young boys and girls as they have done very well.  They were committed while undertaking their internships in different fields and recommendations are impressive.

The instructors were involved in other activities to promote what the trade school is doing in their production department.  The sewists have particpated in sewing the washable towels for girls and we able to distribute them to two different schools in our ocmmunity. These was a fabulous activity, students extending their hands to other students in need.  Most of our girls in high schools have dropped out of school due to lack of sanitary towels. It was good to see the smiling faces and the songs from these girls.

We encourage you to continue sharing us with your friends and families.  Most of the youth have dropped out of the trade school because of lack of fees and we will highly appreciate if more people will join and help us these young people to finish their training.

We highly appreciate your efforts in making a difference and for bringing a lasting solution to poverty.

Girls receiving their washable towels
Girls receiving their washable towels
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Our four weeks school holiday was wonderful. We had successful exams for our 1st semester this year and the perfomance were great. This semester is different because all the students who had gone for their internships are back. This semester will be busy for them as they will be working on their theory part of their studies and they will be concentrating on the other supportive subjects like communication skills and entrepreneurship. 

We have great reports from their places of internship and its very encouraging to see how determined they are towards their studies.  The new students are working hard on their studies  and we hope they will have good results.

We have been admitting many girls who dropped out of school due to early pregnancies and are neglected with their children.  This is a aresult of extreme poverty in the rural areas which leaves the girls in vulnerable situations.  We have had many incidences and we have taken up a responsiblity not only to provide skills to these girls but to work on prevention of the same.

Our trade school funding is very slow and we are requesting that we work together as a team by sharing with others the great differences we are making in the lives of the poor and needy.  We have raised many youths from their situations and they are now self employed and others are continuing with their studies.  We can still share with others to come alongside us to enable us reach out to more youths.

A word of mouth is strong and we encourage you to help us by spreading the word out.You have done a lot of great things in these lives and we are proud of you.

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Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre

Location: Malava - Kenya
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Project Leader:
Rosalie Benitez
Chair, Board of Directors
Malava, Kenya

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