Project #16906

Help Build a Trade School for Youth in Rural Kenya

by Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre
volunteers talking to the students
volunteers talking to the students

YOU have made it! It is another Semester and the last for our first admission group of students. It is also our first National Exam semester! WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT! It is two years since we opened the doors of Lurale trade School and for the last two years you have enabled these students to stay in class, go for their attachments and now they are ready to sit for their exams.

Ten of the students are sitting for their grade Test and Twelve for their Artisan Certificate. This is a dream come true in their lives and YOU have made all this happen.  After this exam the grade Test students will proceed on with the Artisan classes and the Artisan students will proceed on with the Diploma classes! We Thirteen new students who have just enrolled and all is because of your commitment and sacrifice to make a difference.  We have just constructed a workshop for the dressmaking and soon we will be working on the next workshop for the welding. 

Get more involved by sharing with friends, family and even on your social pages.  We would like to increase the number of our donors and fundraising which we can only achieve through sharing with others what we are doing. Let others know what you are involved in and this will bring us to a great platform both at the institution and on global giving page.

As we aproach the end of the year lets utilise all the opportunities offered by Global Giving, we have done this before and we can still make it. Having our friends on board will help us achieve this goal!

students in the computer class
students in the computer class
new students
new students
Students with the visiting volunteers!It was fun!
Students with the visiting volunteers!It was fun!

It is interesting to see what is happening in the lives of YOUR youths! It feels good when you are helping but it is better to see what your effort has produced. YOU  are not just giving skills to these youth but you have given them a purpose of their lives. YOU have made them discover who they are in the society.  Apart from the support they receive to come to be able to remain at school and continue with their training, they are also benefiting from the exposrue they get through the volunteers who are visiting our centre.

YOU gave them an opportunity to practice their skills in other companies, their time in the field has given them a challenge to work harder in their training. They have received experience from their attachements  and they cant wait to sit for their exam in September. 

This has been achieved because of YOU! Without your effort and commitment these boys and girls couldnt be where they are now.  They could be terrorising community members and this could be harmful to the community. YOU have not only helped the youths but you have helped the community in general, there is peace and security since our youths are in school.

We thank you for all your efforts towards this life changing cause. We have no words to thank you but you can see it by yourselves, what you are doing is more than what we ever thought of. We are supporting 33 students and there is a need, this is not even a quater of the orphaned and poor youths. We are kindly requesting you to share with your friends, your relatives and share about us on your social media pages.  We are looking forward to expanding our donor family and reaching out to more youths.


Motor technicians on their practical assignement
Motor technicians on their practical assignement
Students outside the workshop
Students outside the workshop


New tables for new students
New tables for new students

Year after year you are not only making a difference but expanding!  Your first year students have been on attachment and they are starting their exams this month.  It has a great experience for them, getting to know how they can work in the field and doing everything practically. They went to different towns and worked with different companies which has really enhanced their experiences.

YOU have given them an opportunity that will always be remembered in their generation. You have not just built for them the trade school but your support is giving them other opportunities to excel.

This year we have have enrolled 15 new students who are partaking different skills.  Due to the increase we have been able to get additional tables and other equipments to make sure that the students have adequate materials. The workshop under construction has been completed and we are looking forward to constructing another workshop for welding.

As we celebrate this mothers day, may I tell you that you have been good mothers and Dads to nations. Your support has renewed the lives of the youth and has given this community anew look.  A community without violence, drugs and other ilicit brews, we are now becoming a busy community, skilled and ready to work.

As we expand consider sharing this good news with friends and on your social media pages, we need to build our donor family to achieve this goal a head of us.  We are proud of you and we appreciate all your sacrifeces towards our youths.

Welding workshop under construction
Welding workshop under construction


It is our prayer and hope that you started your year well and as we approach the quarter we believe you have settled in well. We are glad to share with you the great achievements YOU have achieved together with your students. Since we started the polytechnic (Trade School) our first groups of students are now on attachments to enable them gain job experience. YOUR students have done well in all their internal exams and after the attachments they will be doing their exam with the Kenya National Examination council Body which will enable them to go to the next level. It has been an amazing experience to all YOUR students, the outside world has enlightened them and they are not the same. Their way of thinking has changed and they are seeing things in a different way. They have believed that there is always a second life chance in life.

This second chance has been provided by YOU! Without you this could not have been realized, these youth could be out there murdering people in the community for food and other things. We could have lost some of them in different bad ways, but YOU have changed all these for GOOD!

We have new admission and so far we have 12 students who have joined us. We are still admitting new students until the month of May. We are now in the process of building a new workshop for welding. This will also open doors for the new course which will start immediately the construction is over. This is happening because of YOU, we are grateful for the commitment and sacrifice you are offering to our youths.

Challenges are always there in everything and the challenges we have is the number of youths who are joining the institution but they can’t pay for their fees. The reason is because they have no parents to support them and we are not able to keep them in school without fees. Our resources are limited, we have are now supporting 10 students and we have more who can’t afford to pay the fees, we are requesting that you help us by sharing with friends the good work YOU are doing in the lives of these youths and the need that is arising. We are hoping that this will help us get more support to enable us support and give skills to more youths in the community.

Have a wonderful and great Easter!

students preparing for the soccer competitions
students preparing for the soccer competitions
our youth helping at the children home
our youth helping at the children home
our donor and friend showing students  how to use
our donor and friend showing students how to use

It's end of the year again! We thank you all for your support and commitment to give our orphans and poor youths a second chance in life. We have 20 students more totaling to 43!  We thank all those who who are sponsoring our students and enabling them to have skills, they are not the same!


we thank our supporters who visited us this month of festive and donated 5 desk tops and a welding machine! Our students will be having new skills and practical a in IT. This is exciting as this Will also bring more students!


Everything has been achieved through your support, donations and commitment!  You are not just giving skills but you are changing the entire lives in the youth and the whole community in general. We are requesting that you share with friends about this cause and as we end this year global giving is giving us a chance to increase our donations.  Help us by introducing a friend this season and let's join hands and equip our youth. 

students having fun first time touching a desk top
students having fun first time touching a desk top
students  helping with chores at the institution
students helping with chores at the institution

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Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre

Location: Malava - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Rosalie Benitez
Chair, Board of Directors
Malava, Kenya

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