Project information

The Barut Development Centre

A trade school, community centre & sports ground for the people of Barut & further afield, with a focus towards older children who will learn vital vocational skills. It will provide a hub for the community to come together to enjoy events, receive medical treatment & attend evening classes.

September 2012 - April 2013

Charity information: Raise The Roof Kenya

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  • Need


    Barut is the poorest area in the district of Nakuru, Kenya. 7 in 10 children have never received secondary education, fundamentally due to secondary education not being free of cost in Kenya.

    Teenagers spend their days shovelling sand for a mere un guaranteed 30p, or literally do nothing. Illness & disease is rife & young, talented minds are wasting away. Those willing to learn are prevented from doing so due to a lack of proper training facilities both in traditional and vocational education


    The Kenyan Government, ‘The Barut Community’ & RTRK are working together under a rare partnership to create The Barut Development Centre. It will provide the highest standard of technical education and vocational training for the neediest children in the area. It will benefit the entire community by providing a community centre to encourage people to come together in a healthy way, with evening classes, medical clinics and social groups for all ages.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the number of unemployed and un educated youth in Barut.


    » Teach thriving trades, such as hairdressing, tailoring, agriculture, mechanics, cookery, woodwork and encourage English and computing skills

    What success will look like

    The number of graduates from the Vocational Centre, students employed locally and those placed in relevant work experience.

    Aim 2

    The community to take ownership on the project, pride in their work and themselves


    » A partnerships created with community being represented on board, Involvement in building of project, and employment of local staff once complete

    What success will look like

    On going support and commitment from the community. Project moved forward through community effort and initiatives. Continued voluntary support from the community.

    Aim 3

    Encourage extra curricular activity and healthy unity within the community.


    » Build a community centre to hold extra curricular activities, evening classes, social groups and medical clinics.

    What success will look like

    Children, Adults and Youth involved in sports and extra curricular activity classes / teams. Number of successful competition athletes and regular 'community days' held.

    Aim 4

    Address the issue of 'sex education' and prevention of HIV / Aids.


    » Health advisors to teach safe sex and prevention of infection. Hold regular medical clinics & HIV testing and offer free contraception.

    What success will look like

    Increased education of youth, increased number of treated carriers, reduction in fatality through Aids and reduction in new infections, figures available from MOH, Nakuru.

  • Impact


    A break in the cycle of poverty.

    Vocational opportunity for struggling youths, and a united community.

    An exemplary centre and model that can be transferred to other struggling societies.

    Reduced unemployed and uneducated figures.

    We will set up self sustaining projects that will allow the centre to continue independently without the support of a charity, which in our mind is when we have truly been successful.


    * Kenyan Government decide to no longer donate land
    We have a budget to buy the necessary land

    * Lack of support from the community
    We have been working with the community for 2 years and have built strong working relationships.

    We have drawn a partnership under a Memorandum of Understanding in which The Kenyan Government, Barut Community and RTRK have committed roles.

    Raise the Roof Kenya maintain majority board.


    Donors will be invited to visit the project.

    RTRK will report to donors at least six monthly or as required.

    Donors will be updated on likely construction program and it’s progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £152,640

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 admin block / extra curricular community centre, teacher block, sports ground
      £88,000 Classrooms 8, 4 blocks of 2 classrooms/ workshops
      £20,000 fence, toilets septic tank inclusive of electric/ water connection
      £11,240 Project manager expenses for 3 year forecast & car
      £13,400 admin, operational medical clinics and staff training, monitoring project progress, sustainable business set up costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The Allen and Nesta Fergusontrust £10,000 Guaranteed
    fundraised / donations £46,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Barut, Nakuru District, Kenya. The poorest community in the area. A population of over 30,000, with 63% of youths having never attended secondary education. Despite their sub standard conditions, the community make the most of what they do have, a talent for running. The community has fed international athletes and is committed to the success of its youths. There are no projects of the kind in this area.


    un employed/ un educated, by providing the opportunity to learn a trade, and support in terms of employment and work experience.

    Those with HIV/AIDS-monthly medical clinics will be held, offering screening and further support. Sexual health education classes will be held at the centre.

    Keen athletes and sportmen- high standard of sports coaching to those capiable of reaching national and international standard. Physical education for wider community, encouraging healthier generation

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    RTRK has been working with locals in Nakuru for the last 2 years, & has spent time with the community, working with them to find the best solution to their problems.

    The team are committed to the success of the project and have excellent working relationships both in the UK and Kenya.

    We have successfully supported families living in poverty since the date of founding.

    We hold regular events & our support base increases daily. We have a fresh & exciting outlook on fundraising.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    RTRK Volunteers

    Key to the successful running of RTRK both in the UK and Kenya. Fundraising, Admin, Marketing, Branding, they do it all with a smile.

    The Barut Community

    donation of land, responsibility to safeguard the centre & facilities, athletics coaching, volunteer time, labour & skills during construction

    Kenyan Government

    supply highly qualified technical teachers & staff, monthly operational costs, endeavour to provide grants for the development of project

    RTRK Charity

    Fund a Project Manager, install sustainable projects to support centre, visit centre on annual basis, ensure standards of education are exemplary


TEAM 1000, 100 PEOPLE, RAISING £100, 100 DAYS