Vocational Training 

06/25/2020

The Numbers:

  • Agriculture is key to Kenya's economy. It directly contributes 26% of GDP, and indirectly brings in a further 27% through links to other sectors.
  • 40% of Kenyans work in agriculture (70% in rural areas), and 80% of the population depends on the sector for their livelihood.
  • Drought and a rapidly expanding population have made it impossible to continue depending on rain-fed agriculture and other traditional methods, making training in sustainable agricultural practices more important than ever.

Caring for Creation

Our goal is for each of our students to leave Thamani able not only to pursue higher education, but to support themselves with a relevant vocation - whether fruit and vegetable farming, beekeeping, or raising chickens, goats or pigs. Teaching them sustainable agricultural and land-use practices is an important aspect, so they can care for God's creation (their resources) responsibly, and help the land continue to provide sustenance for them and for future generations.

Our first students graduated from Thamani Primary School this year! We're excited about this huge accomplishment, but our dream has always been to do more than just help our students earn a diploma. We want them to leave us equipped with practical life and vocational skills, too. The approach to our organic farm in Mida, located approx. 100 km from our school, is two-pronged: use the fruit, vegetables, animal products and honey to become self-sustaining (through consumption and income from sells) and to help our students acquire valuable skills in sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. 

We harvested our first crops in 2020! Watermelons, corn, tomatoes, and leafy greens. Some simple structures for living quarters and storage are in place as well. Now it's time to bring in the goats, chickens, and bee hives that make up the next phase of our organic farm development. Head over to our farm page to see how you can help!