A year ago, Kariti Seed of Hope in Murang’a was in danger of being closed down. Low student enrollment and retention rates meant it was no longer viable to run the centre.
All that has changed thanks to the local community!
In September last year, a new board of management was appointed including a former area Chief as the new Chairman. Between September and December, the board met several times with Seed of Hope Administrator Florence to discuss how they could turn things around and ensure the facility was not lost.
Walking door to door among the community, the board learned that people knew about Seed of Hope but had concerns that all the necessary equipment was not there for students to learn. This was especially true for the Home Care Management course. They found that young people were hoping to study and then move out of their local community to bigger towns where they would get work in hotels. This meant that they needed to learn how to use equipment that was not available at home…or at Seed of Hope.
The board made a commitment to resolve this issue and set to work. From their own pockets, they installed a sink in one of the classrooms and replaced broken mirrors in the Hair and Beauty Therapy class. They consulted with the community and agreed that a bull being kept at Seed of Hope could be sold to fund the purchase of a four ring gas cooker along with the gas cylinder and the repair of some of the computers.
With the improvements carried out, the board funded a part time computer teacher and incorporated basic computer packages into the timetable so that students from all courses could also become computer literate.
When it came to enrolment in January, around 50 students showed up! The great news is that the retention rate is very high and most students have returned for the second term. Florence was so impressed when she visited the centre, she reported the story back to Vision Africa CEO Deborah Kimathi. As a result, a donation was secured to purchase a fryer, mincer, blender and 1000litre storage tank for the centre in recognition of its efforts.
Florence says “This is a community initiative. We are so happy to work with community…if it were not for them Kariti Seed of Hope would have been closed.”
We are delighted with the work of the new board of management and look forward to seeing Kariti Seed of Hope go from strength to strength under its leadership.