Archives for April 2019

Congratulations to Our First Graduates

Jennifer proudly shows her certificate

Eunice is so proud

You cannot believe how excited I am to show the young women who have recently graduated from our Vocational College in Bondo, Siaya County.

These young women were the first students and we all grew together. Finding our way through the educational maze finding the best venue for the college, working under difficult circumstances but, we came through all of this proud and  triumphant.

We have moved the college to its new permanent home in Kisumu and we have added carpentry and arts and crafts to our skills offerings and I will be posting about this soon.

The graduation ceremony was attended by a representative of the First Lady of Siaya County, Mrs  Judith Adala, and the Assistant Chief for East Yimbo , Pala sub-county. Also attending and helping with the presentation was Mr Peter Odihambro, The Chief Officer for Vocational Training in Siaya County.

Representatives from the Great Lake Foundation and parents and families came to congratulate the students. We heard from the Teachers and of course thanks to Bishop Phoebe, Purity Onyango and Pauline Gayah, who have worked so hard to make this happen.

However the stars of the day were our students who overcame so much to complete this course and bring new skills and hope to their families. We are so very proud of you all.

Lining up to receive their certificates


A Mother speaks about her daughter and the course

Our Students. All lined up in their graduation gowns and with their sewing machines

Receiving their certificates

None of this could have been achieved without the help and guidance from “Tools For Self Reliance, who provided the machines and hand held us through the process of setting up this college. So many Rotary clubs in District 1110 who trusted us and who willingly supported us financially, in particular Boscombe & Southbourne, Locks Heath & Bournemouth. (I will post a full list later)

We would also like to thank and pay tribute to the management and volunteers of the Ichthus Charity Shop , Totton, who have sponsored the teachers. Dear Friends, Rotarians look what You have achieved, YOU have changed the lives of these girls forever and have enabled us to keep going with this project.