Welcome to Machakos!
On Thursday, August 19, a group of Jitegemee Vocational Class 11 students gave new Jitegemee Executive Director, Verity Norman-Tichawangana, a tour of Machakos and the sites of their trade attachments.
This group of students is nearing the end of the 18-month training they receive as part of Jitegemee’s 2-year vocational training program. Every year, 35-40 young people who have previously lived or worked on the streets are selected for this vocational training program. Students receive rehabilitation services, lifeskill training, as well as basic literacy and numeracy training from Jitegemee staff. Once completed, students select a trade and are placed in an attachment with a local mentor for 18 months. These trades include dress-making, plumbing, carpentry, electrical installation, hair-dressing, and more. At the end of the 2-year program, students sit for the Government of Kenya trade exam in the trade of their choosing.
Two weeks ago, new Jitegemee Executive Director, Verity Norman-Tichawangana, arrived with her family in Machakos to spend two months with the Kenya team. They were treated to a warm welcome from Jitegemee students and staff, and on Thursday got to know the town a bit better and through the eyes of the students. Students introduced the Tichawanganas to their mentors, and showed them the important spots in town – including where to get a cold bottle of Coca-Cola!
Photo credit: Fungai Tichawangana