Community Service: First Impressions

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The Jacaranda workshop was founded in 1985 by Mr. Allan Spybey, and it was started along with The Jacaranda special school.The purpose of the Jacaranda special school and workshop is to provide an educational base for the mentally challenged children of Nairobi, and to provide training and employment opportunity for the mentally handicapped adults as well. To be able to work at the workshop, the mentally handicapped adults must have undergone training at the Jacaranda school of the special, and must be at least eighteen years of age.

In the workshop, they are taught how to produce, create and market bead jewellery. They learn how to fashion beads out of fresh clay, they learn how to roll them into almost perfect spheres, paint them, dry them, bake them and finally, use their creativity to make necklaces, bracelets, and rings out of them. The jewellery is then finalized and then marketed at festivals and other charity events. All of the money made through selling these wonderful and hard laboured jewellery at these events is then used to keep the workshop open and running.

There are two workshops at the Jacaranda compound - the brass workshop and the ceramic workshop. Currently, there are 30 mentally handicapped adults working in the workshop. They work the usual working hours, where they begin to work at 8:00 AM and close up for the day at 4:00 PM. They work on weekdays (from Monday - Friday) but usually, the workshop is closed during the weekends so they do not work on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Jacaranda workshop is also a project of the Nairobi Rotary Club. They planned and designed the very school training program that is still being used at Jacaranda today.…...

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