I am a young man, the last born of a family of eight children. I have three brothers and four sisters who are all uneducated. As the last born, I was lucky to go to school unlike my brothers and sisters and completed up to the high school level. Due to lack of finances to proceed to college, I started doing fishing work in order to help raise food for our family. My parents couldnʼt have afforded to educate me any further. Just to mention, my parents are jobless and they rely on small businesses which only give low returns. After high school education, I struggled for one year doing fishing work which brought no significant change in my life.
Early this year, I heard from my chief that there were courses being offered in Lamu Vocational Training Centre free of charge. I went to inquire more about the courses and thatʼs how I met the CAPYEI staff in Lamu. I was lucky enough to get a chance to study building and construction course from February 2017 to April 2017.I always had a desire to go for further studies after high school but unfortunately, I had no financial support. All thanks to Capyei for their initiative to help the youths and me, in particular, to get through the inception of BEST model training
Our training started with life skills which enabled me to open up my eyes and understand how to relate with people of different characters. I was also advised on how to avoid drugs in my life. Later on we proceeded to our respective classes where I started learning building and construction works. I was able to learn how to measure, construct blocks, fix plaster, paint, fix tiles and many other trades of the building industry. During the training, we would go for field and exposure visits which enabled me to gain practical knowledge. We did a lot of workshop practicals which also helped me to develop in this career. According to my learning experience, I have never before met teachers who never give up on trainees like in Capyei, your methods of work are also excellent and therefore I have no recommendation for change
After graduating in October 2017, I managed to get a new job here in Lamu county. Before this, I used to work with a subcontractor who helped me to realize the many opportunities available in construction.
Am working with a road construction company where I supervise concreting work and fixing of road curbs. From this job am able to meet all the needs of my aged parents as well as mine, am also able to save some money in my account which wouldnʼt be the case if I had no course.
From all the struggles that I have encountered in my life, I have realized that education can help me address most of them. Therefore, I have a plan to save enough money to help me go for further studies. Since I got a job many youths have started following my example. I have advised them to join Capyei in Lamu and acquire skills which will enable them to change their lives. I want to give my heartfelt appreciation to Capyei management for their initiative to help young people here in Lamu. If it were not by your efforts am very sure that my story would be opposite of what you have just read.