December 13th 2012
Big Changes ahead
at Friends of Kitui
going to change our name…
...because we plan
to extend the scope of our work on behalf of the
marginalised beyond the boundaries of Kitui in Kenya
principal partners since 2005 have been Trocaire and the
Development Department of the Catholic Diocese of Kitui.
Trocaire, as the official overseas development agency of
the Catholic Church in Ireland, have up to now generously
facilitated our operations without any administration
charge, so that 100% of
money donated has gone to projects in Kitui. In the past,
Friends of Kitui’s supporters, like our beneficiaries,
have come from all sections of society including
persons with, and without, religious belief. We have not
found it easy to align our vision and objectives with those
of the Diocese of Kitui, or to reconcile our need to ensure
that the wishes of our donors and their specific needs in
terms of accountability are adequately met. As a result,
the relationship between Friends of Kitui and the Diocese
of Kitui has come to an end. The Diocese of Kitui has
agreed to return unspent funds to friends of Kitui, and we
will redirect these funds in accordance with the donors’
original wishes. We are currently in the process of setting
up alternate channels to route our funds to the
marginalized, not only in Kitui, but elsewhere in Africa
where we can establish local contacts and linkages sharing
change will be the fading out of the name “Friends of
Kitui”, to be replaced by a new identity to better
reflect our plans for the future – in which our work can
grow and extend out beyond the geographical boundaries of
Kitui in Kenya.
What We Do
aim to help people who are on the margins, those struggling
for survival, groups struggling against the prejudices of
their society, those for whom a small act of kindness might
help them escape from poverty.
cannot do everything, so we concentrate on water and
education. We also aim to support projects for self
sustainability and particularly those for the empowerment
Our Vision is a world in
which access to clean water will lead to a healthier
childhood, and greater
educational opportunity will lead towards self-sufficiency
and a greater understanding of how to use locally available
natural resources in a sustainable way.
aim is to ensure that 100% of the donations received go
directly to the supported projects.
has a right to water, the basic requirement for life
has a right to education
rights exist irrespective of Race or Religion
is a voluntary group which evolved from the Dalkey
Parish Outreach project, set up in 1999 to mark the
then-imminent millennium (remember that?). The group
started with a monthly fund-raising coffee morning, for
relief of poverty in the Diocese of Kitui, Kenya, mainly
through providing education for orphans and vulnerable
children, but also supporting small income-generation
of Kitui was formally established in 2005 as an umbrella
structure linking the activities of the various voluntary
groups who are contributing to support the needs of the
people of Kitui. Other Dublin parishes such as Cabinteely
and Rathgar then became involved, as well as corporate
donors and others in Ireland, the United States and
not handle any money ourselves, rather we prefer to link to
long-established charities or organisations who share our
vision. Beneficiaries of our projects include persons with,
and without, religious belief: the only criterion is that
they have need for support.
Schools & Education Update
Without a secondary school qualification,
it is almost impossible to secure permanent employment in Kitui.
Over 30 students from very needy
backgrounds, some orphaned by AIDS or other causes, who would otherwise have no chance of doing so, are this year able to attend secondary school through the
generosity of Friends of Kitui supporters.
means that each child gets food, accommodation and tuition
for a school year. Although tuition is free of charge in all government
owned schools, total costs range from €300 to €500 per student
per annum for tuition, full board, textbooks and personal
Please redouble your efforts to
support these needy children. In times of economic
downturn, it is always the most marginalised who suffer
Vocational School for Girls, Kitui
|St Columba's offers a syllabus
that is 70% vocational and 30% academic, and has a
Production Unit within the centre where one term is spent
in gaining industrial experience.
||Friends of Kitui has
contributed towards equipping a computer lab (left) where
students gain experience on business-oriented software
applications, as well as gaining up-to-date communications
at the polytechnic, which is run by the Ursuline Sisters in
Kenya study the core second-level subjects, but with a
particular emphasis on life skills and work skills. The
girls are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth
so that in future they can realise their dignity as
individuals, and live their lives in freedom with a strong
sense of security.
Clare Ursula Tobin with four of the students.
(Right) Some of the students pictured in
November 2010 standing on the site of two new classrooms
funded by Friends of Kitui. Construction is now completed
centre provides training in cookery and hospitality skills.
Friends of Kitui has contributed towards the extension of
the cookery kitchen. The centre intends to offer Food
processing as an exam subject in 2012
What we have
achieved so far- with your support!
In total, we have now completed 64 projects
benefiting 27,800 people.
students, who would otherwise have no chance of doing so, are this year able to attend secondary school through the
generosity of Friends of Kitui supporters
A new 450-student
St Michael's primary boarding school has been constructed.
Makayauni, an isolated community in a very arid area of
Kitui, a new primary school serving 280 pupils has also
addition, other groups working under the Friends of Kitui
umbrella have supported
income generating projects such as The
Honey Project, micro-businesses for chicken rearing, and a project for the
manufacture of Aloe Vera soap in Zombe.
Friends of Kitui-
Water Projects Update
Fourth Round of water projects has now been completed. These 27 new projects
in 25 locations will serve a total of
14,800 people.This time we have included sanitation
preceding three rounds have
delivered 37 projects which have
helped bring cleaner, safer water to over 13,000 people in 33 villages and
4 schools. In total, we have now completed 64 projects
benefiting 27,800 people.
special thanks to ElectricAid who have funded water
harvesting facilities at five schools, and to the people of
Rathgar Parish who have funded 10 projects in the
Kyuso area of Kitui
updated photo-documentary on the construction of Sand Dams,
Here for more about Water
School Formally Opened on February 26th., 2011
The official opening of Phase One (classrooms) of the St. Michael's School Project
took place in Kitui on Feb 26th. Students will commence on May 1st, which is the beginning of the school term.
This is fantastic news, the culmination of 5 years work and we are sincerely thankful to all our supporters.
In particular I would like to thank Paul Healy, who had the vision to make this happen.
The final figure for construction costs has reached €600,000 euro of which we still have €30,000 to raise.
more about St. Michael's School HERE
480 students will now experience
a primary school education in surroundings of modern standards.
The school is dedicated to the memory of Fr. Joe Corless
C.S.Sp, late of Blackrock College, Dublin
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We bring you two
stories of change which could not have happened without your
Water Projects- Our First Story of Change
to read a fantastic story of change from one of the 64 water projects now
completed by Friends of Kitui
the second story- Makayauni School
Building Project is now completed!
a parents meeting on September 22nd 2010, the Head Teacher said:
“The one thing that I would say Friends Of Kitui has
achieved in Makayauni is not so much the construction of
beautiful buildings, but the awakening of the community to
realise the potential they have of transforming things when
they work together."
months ago we set out in partnership with the teachers,
parents and local community to build a
Primary School in Makayauni, which will provide free
education to approximately 290 children of all denominations and beliefs. The
school cost €42,000 for 8 classrooms and
an administration block. This is a joint effort between the
people of Dalkey in Ireland and Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex,
England in partnership with the community of Makayauni. The project has been managed on the ground by the
Development Department of the Diocese of Kitui.
Work commenced January 2010,
and the four classroom blocks and administration block have
now been completed, giving the school 8 new
community gathered materials such as sand and gravel,
provided unskilled labour, and manufactured bricks
for the construction works.
a "Baraza" (community meeting) held on September
22nd, the School Committee set out their priorities for
further improvements. These are for further water
harvesting facilities, furniture for the classrooms, a pre-school or nursery classroom,
and more toilets.
help towards funding equipment and facilities for the
school would be greatly appreciated.
up to date photos of the new buildings click HERE
The new classrooms are put into use! The
parents and teachers are now studying their priorities for
the next stage- furniture and equipment for the school.
extreme left the 50,000 litre water storage tank supplied by Friends of
Kitui can be seen beside one of the new classroom blocks.
||The School Principal Mr
Kamanga with the Senior Teacher, Mrs Marjorie Njeru,
outside the administration block.
||November 2010- Terry
Dunne from Dalkey Outreach inspects the new school
The Honey Project
Sometimes we get it wrong...
was to initiate a honey business in each of the 23 parishes
of the Diocese of Kitui that would be managed, owned and operated for the sole purpose of empowering
women financially, so that the
women would have economic power to direct their own lives and have resources to care
for their families.
Project has had limited success. Just over one-third of the 200 hives
supplied by Friends of Kitui are currently occupied by bees.
first hints late 2007 that there could be problems in achieving a
satisfactorily high level of hive occupancy we have used funds donated for
womens empowerment projects for such activities as soap making, basket
making and chicken rearing, with the more dynamic women's groups..
Click HERE for an update on the Honey
Worldwide, more than
two thirds of those living in poverty are women.The
underlying reasons are the status of women, gender issues, and lack of
women have borne the greatest burden of famine,
discrimination, and being treated as second class citizens.
Kitui Diocese has had a women's programme for over fifteen years with a full time
women's co-ordinator working for the financial, cultural and social
empowerment of all women.
...more often we get it right......
Three womens groups in the parish of
Zombe have now built up a track record in micro-businesses. These income
generating activities produce a significant contribution to the household
budget and give a small cash reserve to meet unexpected demands. The
women organised themselves, each group electing their
Chairperson, Secretary, & Treasurer, and collected a
small contribution from each member. The seed capital was
used for training in soap manufacture, using the local aloe
vera plants, and for purchase of materials and equipment.
1300 bars of soap and 130 beautifully made handbags were
shipped to Ireland and sold at the Dalkey Outreach
monthly coffee mornings.
Group” got together in 2008 and funded the construction
of a chicken coop in Zombe from their own resources.
Following that successful pilot scheme, Friends of Kitui is
now supporting a larger scale project and will contribute further seed capital to
purchase good quality breeding stock and to provide the
essential vaccinations against endemic diseases.
Read more HERE
woman breaks stones in Kitui to earn a few shillings for her family.
average per capita income in Kitui is less than €2 per
How other groups are helping Kitui
Rathgar Parish partners with Kyuso in Kitui
people of Minnesota are helping Kitui Click here
Friends of Kitui now
extends to Sussex in the UK.
in Shoreham-by-Sea learnt of the efforts and wanted to
contribute towards developments in Kitui. To start the
fund-raising endeavours, Maureen and Bernard Challen, who
celebrate 40 years of marriage in August 2009, asked that
any gifts to them be in the form of donations to Kitui,
especially the building of a new schoolroom as a part of
the Makayauni school project.
activities and fund-raising events from Sussex are
envisaged to support the Friends of Kitui. Read
more about Kitui-
it's people, and statistics- and why we should help.