The Ramani team of volunteers visited Kiambu on July 8th, 2017 to stage a career day for two schools: St Joseph’s Riabai, and Kiu River Secondary School. Both schools are relatively young, with the host school, St Joseph’s, having started in 2014, and Kiu River starting in 2015.
This was Ramani’s biggest event yet, with 50 volunteers, some of them university students and professionals, some from Nairobi and some from Eldoret, including the Rotary Club of Eldoret. A keynote speech from Daudi Sumba, the Vice President Program Design at African Wildlife Foundation, on making a difference wherever you are no matter the circumstances inspired the students.
Olooseos Girls’ Secondary School is located in Kajiado County in Kenya’s Rift Valley. It started out as a public boarding school in 1987, meant to provide an alternative to girls in the surrounding area who had been rescued from early marriage and Female Genital Mutilation.
As its name suggests, Mutitu SDA Secondary School was founded (in 1971) and is run by the Seventh Day Adventist church in Mbooni, in Makueni County. It is a mixed, boarding and day school, next to a primary school and teachers’ training college, both similarly named.
Muthea High School is also a mixed day school. But unlike Gitugu, it is just five years old. It too was started by the community to provide affordable education to its children. Muthea is located in Karatina in Nyeri County, about a three-hour drive out of Nairobi.
Gitugu Secondary School is a mixed day school located on the outskirts of Nairobi, about a two-hour drive away in Muranga County. It was started in 1999 by the community and is sponsored by the Catholic Church in the area to provide education for the children of workers on the surrounding tea estates.