October 2019 Newsletter: Construction Progresses at the Vocational Training Center

“When eating an elephant, take one bite at a time.” — Creighton Abrams

Thanks to you, that’s exactly how we’ve gotten this far!

In September, our partners finalized Phase 7 of construction at the Vocational Training Center. Skilled workers built and installed window and door casements. Your support and encouragement have gotten us this far. Thank You!

This month, we are excited to share that our partners started Phase 8, which includes installing electrical conduits and plumbing for the entire building as well as plastering the walls and ceilings.

Phase 8: $62,000 (~$30K raised to date!)

The VTC is a responsible approach to poverty alleviation and economic development as it will be used to teach skills, foster dignity, and inspire hope to marginalized youth in Kenya.

Learn For Life Kenya is focused on completing the VTC as quickly as possible.

Please join us as we raise funds for this next phase.

More Construction Photos

Expanding Our Training Programs

Computer Lab

Thanks to your generosity, Learn for Life Kenya added four computers to the Tumaini Computer Lab this autumn, bring the total of donated computers to 24 this year!

Bakery Expansion

The bakery is getting a facelift to expand its capacity and to ensure alignment with safety codes. Additionally, we’ve heard that the bakery’s certification to utilize government approved bags is imminent. Once cleared, their market will increase tremendously!

Our chief baker and trainer, Grace Mwangi, has recently identified a promising replacement as she prepares for her upcoming wedding. Congratulations and much appreciation for all Grace has done to build a strong program and market for baked goods in Nyeri County!


Amiran Organic Agriculture Ltd. has been providing hands-on training to the agriculture club at Tumaini Children’s Home. This program encompasses both the greenhouse and open field irrigation farming.

Kona ya Marafiki (Friends Corner)

This month we celebrate our new friends and partnership with Waterlines – a U.S.-based nonprofit that has been providing funding and technical support for drinking water projects in rural communities around the world. In September, Waterlines founder and representatives Douglas David, Bud Rock, Mark Reimers and Judy Crawford funded two water tanks and a gutter system for the Vocational Training Center. Each of the tanks will have a storage capacity of 54,200 liters (451 tons) and will collect rain water from the 29,000 square foot building. This generous support will enable the Vocational Training Center to become self-sufficient in its water requirements, a key element of our sustainability focus. Additionally, training will be provided to community members to develop water harvesting projects at the household level. We are deeply grateful to Waterlines for embracing our mission and goals.

Architect’s rendering of water tank

Save these Dates:

Two events you won’t want to miss!

Giving Tuesday is December 3, 2019

Fall is in the air and that means Giving Tuesday is right around the corner! Mark your calendar for this global day of giving and join millions around the world who will be making donations to their favorite charitable causes. Learn for Life Kenya will be raising funds for a special part of the VTC construction project. Stay tuned and follow our Facebook page for all details!

Gala 2020

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Join us in Virginia as Learn for Life Kenya celebrates our 5th Anniversary!

Jifunze Kiswahili (Learn Swahili)

Our Swahili word of the month:
Maji — Water