Introducing Rafiki Board members & updates

Project report feb 8 2021
Elizabeth, Patron, Treasurer and driving force

Jambo everyone,

We are happy to wish you all a happier and safer New Year.

Field news from both schools is brief at this time. 

January is the start of the academic year in Kenya and our schools are busy taking enrollment of new students for the year. Meanwhile, during the month of February, the schools are occupied by exam takers and no teaching or any other activities can take place.

The construction of the new brick & mortar 4-classroom building at our Sergoek campus, on pause since Christmas, will pick up after the exam session. The Ministry of Works recently delivered the Certificate of Conformity allowing the roofing to begin shortly.

We wish to honor our Very first Rafiki Ya Maisha Board members and introduce them to you.

 Without our friendship and ongoing collaboration, Rafiki Ya Maisha would never have been able to reach the youth and succeed in our vocational training mission in this area of rural Kenya. Here is the core group that was formed in 2007:

Patron: Mrs. Elizabeth T., Farmer, Executive secretary of Moi Girls’ High School and retired banker

Chairman: Mr. James C., Director of Insurance Company and former County Development Fund committee member

Secretary: Mr. Michael K., Farmer and retired Town Clerk; Gabriel T. Certified Public Accountant from 2019-today

Treasurer: Late Mrs Philomena B., Farmer and wife to former Kenya Ambassador; Mrs. Elizabeth T. from 2010-today

Vice-Chairman: Dr.Philip C.,Dentist and Elgeyo Marakwet County official

Members of Rafiki Ya Maisha:

Mrs Paulina O.,Quantity Surveyor, Moi University Lecturer

Mr. Joseph S., Farmer and retired Uasin Gishu counselor

Mrs. Aida K., County counselor Usin Gishu, Sergoek Ward

Mrs. Scolastica K., Retired official of Kenya Farmer’s Association

Mr. Michael S., Retired Catholic church Catechist

Mr. Dominic K., County counselor

Mrs. Susan C., Former Women’s Representative of Elgeyo Marakwet County, joined in 2012

They are the backbone of the success story which we are proud to have achieved with all of YOU over the years. They value your sponshorship, feedback and sustained interest in their project.

Let us continue to uplift them!

Claire

James Chirchir
James Chirchir
Michael Secretary retired
Michael Secretary retired
Gabriel Secretary current
Gabriel Secretary current
Dr Philip Vice Chairman
Dr Philip Vice Chairman
Paulina member
Paulina member
Joseph member
Joseph member
Late Mrs Philomena Treasurer
Late Mrs Philomena Treasurer
Scolastica member
Scolastica member
Michael member
Michael member
Aida member
Aida member
Dominic member
Dominic member
Dr. Susan Chebet
Dr. Susan Chebet
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From Iron sheets to Brick-Mortar & Post-COVID preparedness
SERGOEK Washbasins for Sanitary protocol

From Iron sheets to Brick-Mortar & Post-COVID preparedness

Dear Rafikis,

SERGOEK School

We are proud to announce that we are able to fund the construction of 4 new classrooms/workshops at Sergoek vtc (vocational training center) thanks to a generous donation from the BENINA Foundation, Basel, Switzerland. These brick & mortar classrooms will replace the first classrooms built temporarily with corrugated iron sheets 10 years ago now.

The BENINA Foundation was a substantial donor at the Koshin school allowing the building of a 450 seater Multipurpose Hall. The tender process for this new project took place in August despite the constraints of the sanitary situation. A contractor was selected and the ministries involved alongside the local government have approved the plans. As I write these lines, the site has been cleared for construction.

Besides adding the biodigester/septic tank and drainage system for the entire school, Sergoek has also added 16 CCTV surveillance cameras 24/7, courtesy of the county government. This is a vast security improvement against possible property theft.

Extra washbasins and classroom preparedness has earned the school the green light to resume teaching next week. The chairman and the school Board was proud to announce that upon inspection, they placed 1st out of the 5 schools in the county having met 60% of the basic protocols towards reopening. 5 out of the 11 schools in the county were approved.
Sergoek was 84% ready!


KOSHIN School

Construction and progress is ongoing at KTTI as well, though the school has remained closed since March.
Online teaching is not an option in the rural areas, as you cazn imagine. Students who are due to sit end-of-year exams will be readmitted next week and hopefully about 100-120 will be present.
The rest of the students, about 200 of them, will have lost the academic year, most unfortunately. COVID prevention measures were implemented with additional wash points, classroom distancing, a “holding room” for students with symptoms, no-contact temperature assessment at the gate, an ambulance response protocol, etc. In terms of progress, we can report that a full library room was newly installed, that the two large workshops added last year (courtesy of Mission Cara, Ireland) are ready to be used and that 2 x 10.000 L water tanks will shortly be hoisted into place. Additionally, a bore hole, a sceptic tank and an ablution block project currently under construction should be ready by year end. This would solve the ongoing water problem.

Thank you for your faithful support allowing our schools to feel morally and financially supported through these unprecedented times.

Stay safe wherever you are and Asante sana as always for your interest and friendship. We need you more than ever!

Claire

 

SERGOEK Classroom distancing
SERGOEK New CCTV Cameras
SERGOEK New CCTV Cameras
SERGOEK Officials & Old Iron Sheet Building
SERGOEK Officials & Old Iron Sheet Building
SERGOEK Construction begins on New Building
SERGOEK Construction begins on New Building
KOSHIN New Library room
KOSHIN New Library room
KOSHIN Classroom desk distancing
KOSHIN Classroom desk distancing
KOSHIN Workshops now ready for use
KOSHIN Workshops now ready for use
KOSHIN Future Sceptic Tank
KOSHIN Future Sceptic Tank
KOSHIN Future Ablution Block
KOSHIN Future Ablution Block
KOSHIN Ablution Block construction Progress
KOSHIN Ablution Block construction Progress
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