Students making mats in Kitui
In January the students continued with their practical lessons at our Seed of Hope vocational training centres (adhering to COVID-19 guidelines). All students and staff had refresher training on the safety guidelines when they returned in January.
Majority of the fashion design students at Seed of Hope Nairobi went for an educational tour in the capital city to learn about the textile industry as well as visiting successful businesses run by individuals in the fashion industry. They got the opportunity to buy different fabrics to use for their end of course project. The girls from the other two centres were also busy finalising their practical projects ready for their end of course assessment. They've also been having lessons on business skills and financial literacy. By the end of January the majority of the students had completed their final projects and were ready to get some practical experience in the workplace on their two month internship placements starting in February.
The Seed of Hope teachers reached out to lots of local businesses to secure internship placements for the students. We are pleased to inform you that all the graduating students are on internship with one of them getting employed even before graduating!
We had planned for all of the students to return in April for their graduation but sadly Kenya has gone into lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19 so all schools are closed again and travel is restricted. We will welcome them back as soon as it is safe to do so to ensure they all get the graduation they deserve after such a challenging year. Hopefully our next enrolment will be able to take place as planned for the new cohort of students joining us in July.
In other news, the ground breaking and construction of a new Graduate Business Hub at Seed of Hope Kitui is underway. The hub will host new short courses such as entrepreneurship, financial literacy and IT skills and a computer essentials courses for both the students and other young people in the community to increase computer literacy and business skills in the community. The Business Hub will also have all of the tools, equipment and computers graduates need to launch their small business. It will provide the perfect stepping stone between learning a skill and setting up a successful business.
On the behalf of Seed of Hope, we would like to sincerely thank you for your generous giving towards this programme despite the hard times we are all facing due to COVID-19. The Seed of Hope programme is making a positive impact in the lives of young girls and their families because we all believed in their potential to thrive and succeed through their different skills and abilities. Thank you for supporting us.
Students showcasing the clothes they've made