Included in the plans for the Technical School is an “Exit” House. The goal of the Exit House includes being able to house young men separate from the young ladies to further their education and skills, especially for those who for many reasons will never be able to go to the Universities. These young men and women will gain a skill which will help them gain a job or career to keep them from falling into poverty.
When the boys from the Orphanage reach 10th grade they will move to the Exit House, the girls will remain with mom at the Orphanage until they have finished high school. The the Exit Home the boys will live with a youth mentor who will oversee them and teach them the skills they need to be independent i.e. cooking and cleaning. They will be given a stipend each month to pay for food and other essentials so that they will learn how to budget their money.
They will continue to live at the exit house when they attend either college or technical school. The youth mentor will continue to monitor their progress.
The Plan for the Men’s Exit Home
Projecting the age of the boys into the future there is a need to provide housing for 8 boys over the next five years. These boys would be under the care and mentoring of an adult man who will be responsible for teaching the boys how to manage their money, run a household, buy groceries, wash clothes, and other day to day tasks they will need to know before they move out on their own. Initially the boys living in the exit house will be in high school and away at the boarding school but home on holidays. However, not every boy is accepted into high school. For those who are not, they will live in the house until they are 18.
As seen in here, the home is a traditional Kenya Home of bricks. It is constructed as a duplex, meaning that the inside is divided into two identical halves. The boys who reside here will be similarly divided into two “teams” that will work together as units to clean, shop, cook, and perform other chores as a family unit.
Each side of the duplex has a living area which has a kitchen at one end. In this area will be tables and chairs for the boys as well. Here they will perform their common tasks as well as eat and study. The doors to each side lead to the bedrooms and toilet/bath rooms.
Each side contains rooms for eight boys, two to each room. The rooms will contain bunk beds, storage, and desks.
Across the hallway and at either end of the front addition are bathrooms; one bathroom per four boys. The Mentor will rotate as to which bathroom he chooses to use. Adjacent to the bathroom on the left, if looking from the front of the house, is a spare bedroom to house two more boys during the holiday seasons.
As mentioned above, the mentor’s job is to teach the boys about living on their own. The kitchen is dual so that half the boys will use the right and the other half the left. The two teams of four boys will plan, budget, cook, and clean as a family unit.