The memories of the Ken ‘Ya Run Marathon runners are in our minds. The proceeds from the Marathon run sent to us to do electrical installation of the workshops together with construction of three offices inside the workshops for instructors and to act as storage facility of smaller tools.
It is with great joy to inform you that the electrical installation in the workshop is now complete. The carpentry technician who was constructing the offices had the opportunity to use our electric power tools for the first time. Alex took time to show him how to use the saws. Thanks to the training carried out by Steve Hamilton and Dickson Lester in 2013. Alex and Dennis were some of their students and it appears they were good students.
The offices are also 95% complete.
Thanks to all our friends from the states who donated the electric tools. Those tools are a huge blessing for very soon they will be utilized to train our youth and also generate income for the home. Some masonry work was also done. At the backside of the workshop some masonry boxes were done to prevent any water run off directly on the walls. The flowers and bushes will be planted on those boxes for beauty and also cooling of the environment. Concrete was also poured from the technical office down wards to the end of the three workshops to ease movement and also reduce mud. Landscaping of the area between the workshop and the classes has begun and progressing well.
The Board of Directors plus Linet and Alex have visited two technical institutes in Kenya for Bench marking. We were able to visit SOS Technical Institute in Nairobi. We had time to interact with the principal and the staff. We had the opportunity to ask questions on the running of the institute, student recruitment, hiring of the staff and their salaries. We made a tour in their huge workshops and classes to see their products, tools and students in class.
Another institute we visited was Nairobi Technical Institute. This is a very old technical institute which started in 1950. It had over 3500 students and they had many programs.
We acquired a lot of knowledge insight and information as we get ready to start KCK Technical Training Institute. It was so encouraging to realize that Technical Institutes are very relevant institutions in Kenya in preparation for the countries industrial development.
There is a very serious shortage of Technicians in Kenya right now. We are so grateful to God that KCK Ministry will be filling that gap together with other technical institutes.
Please continue to pray for us for what remains now for us is to handle the logistics of staff recruitment, marketing of the institutions and raising salaries for the staff before the technical school becomes self-sustaining.
Once again thank you so much to all who participated in raising funds for the work that has been done to date. There are more classes, ablution block for the toilets, sewage facility, water roof catchment to be done but we thank God that He will supply resources as He has been doing for the last three years.
Thank you and God bless.