March 2019 Newsletter: Empowering Youth with Computer Skills

Last month we celebrated a significant milestone in the construction of the Vocational Training Center (VTC). With the walls of the building in place, we are now able to clearly visualize the potential impact the center will have on the lives of youth in Kenya. (View Photos)

One of the foundational programs that will be offered at the VTC will be in Information and Communications Technology (ICT). This program will provide VTC students in various fields with a range of skills that will meet their needs – whether they are starting a business, using computers as part of a skilled trade, or specializing in ICT.

Our partners at the Tumaini Children’s Ministry have run their own small ICT program since 2005 and are excited about the imminent migration of that computer program from the Tumaini Children’s Home to the VTC. The Tumaini Computer Training Center started with 4 old laptops, 1 desktop and 4 students from the children’s home. Later in the same year, the Computer Center received a donation of 10 desktop computers that are still operational today but unable to meet the current demand.

Under the leadership of the instructor, Anne Wandimi, the Tumaini Computer Training Center has successfully provided training to almost 1,000 students from the children’s home, local school, and community. Recently, the Computer Center started training elementary school children to help them develop their digital literacy skills from an early age so they are prepared to function in a rapidly changing technology environment.

The Computer Center will help reduce the high rate of youth unemployment by training and equipping youth with practical computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, database management, graphics, coding, building websites, online work, and many other areas. The Center will also provide computer services to the local community, and revenue generated from these programs will contribute to the VTC’s self-sustainability.

The Computer Center is registered with the Computer Society of Kenya (CSK), which is one of the certified ICT examination organizations in Kenya. The students are trained under the CSK curriculum and awarded certificates that are recognized and valued by employers.

Let’s all join hands and help to transform the current Tumaini Computer Training Center into a more modern and better-equipped program offering relevant and innovative training to eager students in the soon-to-be-completed state-of-the-art Vocational Training Center. If you are interested in joining a group to develop a concept and business model for a self-sustaining Computer Center, email us at info@learnforlifekenya.org.


Want to Help with the Computer Center?

Let’s all join hands and help to transform the current Tumaini Computer Training Center into a more modern and better-equipped program offering relevant and innovative training to eager students in the soon-to-be-completed state-of-the-art Vocational Training Center. If you are interested in joining a group to develop a concept and business model for a self-sustaining Computer Center, email us at info@learnforlifekenya.org.


Vocational Training Center Construction Update

We recently completed raising funds for window casements at the 29,000 sq ft building.

Thank you!

Now that the exterior walls are in place, the window casements will soon be set in place. The rest of Phase 7 (see below) will follow. Because of you, young people will learn skilled trades at the VTC, soon!

Here's What's Next:

We are currently raising funds to continue construction at the

Vocational Training Center. Phase 7 includes:

•Staircase balustrading

•Metal casement doors

•External wall finishes

More details to come in April. Stay tuned!


Kona ya Marafiki (Friends Corner)

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This month we honor the memory of Dr. James Breckenridge (June 30, 1935 - February 16, 2019). Dr. Breckenridge, or "Jim," was a faithful friend and supporter of Learn for Life Kenya's mission from the beginning. The father of Co-Founder Bonnie Lee, Jim believed that all people bear their Creator's image, and that work is a gift from God, and has meaning. His core principles of loving God first, and similarly, his neighbor as himself, expressed themselves in a growing desire and commitment to share his resources with those in need. We will miss Jim's inspiring friendship, but we will honor him by continuing to uphold his vision through our work.


Jifunze Kiswahili (Learn Swahili)

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Our Swahili word of the month:

Kompyuta - Computer

Most technical words or terms are new to the Swahili language and tend to be slightly modified when translated.

Posted on March 26, 2019 .