At an emergency meeting, the MKICDO board members discussed how to deal with the new situation. With the solar cooker training scheduled for early August, a new location for the course had to be found. And that is how a new idea was born: MKICDO needed its own workshop, equipped with machines and tools to do the training. We would no longer have to pay rent to other institutions; instead, we would have our own place for future training of members. The workshop would be built at Mugo´s former homestead in Kiini which had been handed over to our organization by the elders of his clan.
The idea was well-received not only by the board members but also by all Germans involved in the project. The headmaster of Kiini Primary School offered his assistance in accomodating and feeding the course participants and expressed the great need of the area for vocational training institutions for school leavers.
So a new project was started that proved very challenging to everybody envolved. In Kenya, Mugo had to organize the construction of the workshop, get water connected to the property and apply for access to electricity. In Germany, we had to raise funds and make a list of the machines, tools and materials required for the training. The MKICDO board members assisted in getting quotations for machines to be bought in Nairobi and in checking the availability of course materials.
All of us are full of hope that the training workshop will be ready by early August.
|one of many small board meetings|
|the location of the future training centre in Kiini|
|Mugo gives some of his trees for construction...|
|...and a skilled craftsman splits them into timber.|
|one of many truck loads of building stones|
|renovation of the future "office"|
|visiting board members|
By late June, the construction of the new workshop was in full progress.
|hard manual work|
|Can hardly wait to see it finished!|