Mar 062018
 
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!