January 2020 saw four students returning to Mulango Training Institute to complete their final year of vocational skills training in masonry and electrical wiring. Two new girls also joined to undertake a one-year course in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy. Both girls are the first in her families to have been removed from child labour and receive full time education.
The new students settled in very well and the second years were very helpful in mentoring them. The teacher’s reports for all students was positive and encouraging and the students were delighted with their progress.
Claremorris Artists providing Art Workshops for students and their parents.
February brought a very new experience for both the students and their parents. Two Claremorris artists, Norah Brennan and Anna Dixon came all the way to Kitui to undertake a two-week Art and Crafts workshop with our students and their parents. The ladies brought with them lots of art materials donated by fellow artists from Claremorris which were so much appreciated by all of us.
It was a brilliant experience for everyone and the comments of the participants are testimony to this., “I’m not afraid to try new things and draw from my mind”; “I’m really delighted with my drawings”; “It really bonded our group together”; “It helped to increase my self-confidence” and the work produced was simply amazing.
Further showing their love for art, both students and parents have set up their individual Art Clubs and I have no doubt that they will put the donated paints and acrylics to good use and have many hours of enjoyment in the pursuit of their art.