Cheptebo AIC Rural Development Centre, Kerio Valley, Kenya

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OFFICIAL OPENING AND DEDICATION OF CHEPTEBO AGRICULTURAL TRAINING AND INNOVATION CENTRE

DATE 19TH JUNE, 2016


CHIEF GUEST:           H.E. HON BENJAMIN CHEBOI, GOVERNOR BARINGO COUNTY

GUEST SPEAKER:      REV. LUKA CHERUIYOT, DEPUTY BISHOP A.I.C NORTH RIFT AREA

CHOIR:                       THE VALLEY GOSPEL SINGERS    A.I C KIMWARER (FLOURSPAR)

COMPILED BY:            OBADIAH KIGEN & PR.WALTER KIMUTAI

“Innovation and skills for holistic service”


INTRODUCTION

The official opening of Cheptebo Agricultural and Innovation Centre (CATIC) was a successful event by all means after months, weeks and finally days of intense planning the big day arrived. As it had been scheduled, the function was a worship service to thank God for the facility and dedicate it for his glory. The Scripture Verse on the CATIC T- Shirt made particularly for the day and marketing of the centre captured the spiritual mood of the day and the future; Psalm 113v2 Let the name of the LORD be praised now and forevermore”

The CATIC Building stood majestically with Kibargoi hill in the Background surrounded by green assorted shrubs mostly of acacia family.

Among the Church leaders present included Deputy Bishop North rift area – Rev. Luka Maiyo who delivered the Sermon, Chairman Keiyo Region Church Council Rev Joshua Kenda, Bishop Haron Kwambai of Outreach Revival Churches, a number of Reverends, Pastors, evangelists and Christians from A.I.C Keiyo region and neighbouring regions and other evangelical denominations mainly from Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo counties.

The county Government officers were led by Hon. Kipchumba Murkomen - Senator Elgeyo Marakwet County, Governor Elgeyo Marakwet county Eng. Alex Tolgos, Deputy Governor Baringo County Hon. Mathew Tuitoek who is the chief guest and representing Baringo governor who was out in South Korea, Deputy Governor Elgeyo Marakwet county Hon. Lamaon, Women representative Hon. Dr. Susan Chebet, County assembly Speaker Hon. Albert Kochei, CEC,S, several Members of County assembly, professional from various GOK departments, intuitions and NGO,S among many other Dignitaries and community representatives. The national government were represented by Madam Esther Mwamure deputy county commissioner Keiyo south sub-county who was accompanied by several chiefs and assistant chiefs. Guest singers were Valley Gospel Singers from A.I.C Kimwarer.In total an estimate of over 2000 people attended the function.


OPENING/OFFICIAL DEDICATION

Many thanks to Rev. Paul Cherop and, Mr. Joseph Kimeli who did an excellent job of master of Ceremony. The function started at 11:20am with the church service followed by the official opening and dedication, speeches, cutting of cake and collection of offerings (See days programme attached) Rev Luka Cheruiyot accompanied by pastors led the dedication while the deputy governor Baringo county Hon Tuitoek led the official opening and cutting of ribbon/unveiling of the plaque accompanied by Elgeyo marakwet county leaders and the national officials.

PIONEER STUDENTS/MODULES


CATIC opened its doors to the first group of farmer’s trainees on Monday Morning the 20th at 8:00 am. The lessons started with devotion. At 10:00 the training was officially opened by Mr. Ishmael Chelanga – Chief Officer Tourism and cooperatives on behalf of Hon. Shadrack Yatich County Executive of Agriculture, Livestock and fisheries ElgeyoMarakwet County. He commended the Centre for such a great step of setting up an agricultural training centre which in the long run will greatly impact the lives of the community through improved livelihoods in Elgeyo Marakwet County and Kenya at large. He encouraged the first class of 34 farmers who came from Soy North ,soy south,Tambach wards,and baringo to be role models in the community and implement what they will learn from the training.( See attached the names of CATIC pioneers and where they come from ). As there is still a long way to go as far as the required facilities like hostels, dining hall, personnel, the management board had agreed that we start with five days modules targeting farmers as we plan for one Year certificate course in the near future.


Sermon

The Sermon was delivered by Rev Luka Maiyo the Deputy Bishop North Rift area who also led in CATIC dedication and prayers. The Sermon Text came from Matthew 5:13-16 and Colossians 1:25-29. The Words of Jesus our Saviour to the Believers that they are the Salt and light of the World. He expounded that Christians are obligated to be salt and light of the world. He cited A.I.C Cheptebo Vision and CATIC as pursuit of that Command of Christ. He also challenged the Christian fraternity and the leadership present to do everything in the light of Christ and to follow His footsteps in everything they do in word and deed.


Director – A.I.C Cheptebo Rural Development Centre

Mr Joseph Kimeli thanked all the partners who turned up and who have been supportive all through in making CATIC a reality to celebrate, he highlighted to the congregation of CATIC (Cheptebo Agricultural Training and Innovation Centre) the motto, vision, mission, goals, core values and its future plan. He gave a brief history about how the centre started and thanked the first missionaries from Scotland Bill and Rosemary Rettie for laying the foundation for all that is being done in the centre for the glory of God. The experience of about 30years from the farm had necessitated the centre to start CATIC the director said. He called upon the County and all partners and stakeholders to support CATIC by sponsoring students to come and learn and also in the development of the remaining infrastructure namely the Student Hostels, dining hall and equipping of the same.

He informed the public that the cost of one week training is Kshs. 2500/ = per student which is inclusive of meals and accommodation. He requested prayers for; electricity, recruitment of staff including the principal, water and the expansion of the project farther north to Rimoi and Chegilet. The director appreciated in particular the UK churches/individuals through Bill and Rosemary Rettie for their generous support. He thanked the community of Cheptebo and Rokocho for their continued support to the centre, Provincial administration, area MP, Senator, Governor,Women rep, county speaker, MCA and the ministry of Agriculture and livestock for their continued support. He thanked Baringo County through the governor for their continued support. He also informed the gathering that the total cost of the building so far is about Ksh9million inclusive of landscaping and toilets.


HON. KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN – SENETOR (ELGEYO MARAKWET COUNTY)

He thanked the leadership of A.I.C Cheptebo Rural Development Centre for the good management and going towards self-sustainability. He encouraged the audience to put faith in God and they will succeed. He emphasized the role of the church in counselling and said that supporting church work is development. He was quick to say that Europe and America prospered earlier because of embracing Christianity. He gave a cheque of Kshs. 100,000/= to support CATIC and paid Kshs. 25,000/= for ten students to attend the modules for one week. The senator told other churches to emulate the good work by AIC Cheptebo and promised his support and particular the installation of electricity that he was going to talk to the minister of energy to donate transformer to the centre.

HON VINCENT-KIPCHUMBA-MCA SOY NORTH

He was proud to be associated with CATIC and thanked all the clergy and leaders for making the opening ceremony a success. The component of innovation is critical and emphasized it is the way to go in respect to farming. He promised that all the trainings on agriculture of Soy North ward shall be done in CATIC.


MR AMOS KIPLAGAT REPRESENTING AREA MP HON JACKSON KIPTANUI

He brought apologies from the area MP who was on official trip to China Mr. Amos thanked Cheptebo for establishing the learning institution. He challenged the leaders to exercise honest, implement what they say and follow the example of Jesus Christ. He added that the coming of the training centre has added value to the county and the impact would be great in the near future. He assured the centre of the continued support by the area legislator.


HON ALBERT KOCHEI- SPEAKER ELGEYO MARAKWET COUNTY

The speaker was not ashamed to say that he is a friend of Cheptebo and he has always been in touch with the centre. He congratulated Cheptebo for taking the lead in A.I.C North Rift area by bringing development to the community. The agri-business component being demonstrated by the centre is the way to go in 21st century he added. He expressed interest of coming and acquiring agricultural skills from the centre and assured Cheptebo of his support.


WOMEN REPRESENTATIVE - DR. SUSAN CHEBET

She said that the centre is of great importance to both counties of Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet and urged the community to support the facility. She stressed that the component of innovation is paramount and urged the youth to turn up in large numbers to come and train at the centre. She assured the centre of her continued support


GOVERNOR HON. ENG. ALEX TOLGOS (ELGEYO MARAKWET COUNTY)

He opened his remarks by introducing all county staff of Elgeyo Marakwet County and congratulated Cheptebo for the good initiative. He said that such idea was the first in the county and the same will go along in alleviating poverty in the county. He thanked Cheptebo fraternity for environmental conservation within the centre and urged participants to emulate the same in their homes. He said an MOU with the ministry of Agriculture will be written to support the CATIC. He promised to look into the Kenya Power issue to see that electricity is available in the college and also promised that his government will continue supporting Cheptebo who have indeed marketed the county nationally, he said.

GUEST OF HONOUR HON.TUITOEK BARINGO COUNTY


He brought lots of greetings from the governor and the entire Baringo County and appreciated the partnership existing between the two counties of Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet counties. The deputy governor congratulated the entire Cheptebo fraternity and said that it has showed the way to go and everyone should embrace the idea. He stressed that Baringo County uses Cheptebo the facility more than all other counties because it is near and convenient and promised to continue supporting and using. He also promised that Baringo County will be sponsoring farmers to use the facility.

He mentioned that 65% of Kenya is agriculture and the same employs 60% of the informal sector. The start of CATIC is great idea that will in the future help people get skills to put on their farms, generate more incomes to improve on their livelihoods. In his closing remarks he declared that the college was officially opened to all who want to come and improve on their skills about farming

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CUTTING OF CAKE

Mrs Sally KimelI lead the guests in cutting the cake and Celebrating the joyous occasion thereafter the Guests were treated with delicious lunch at the Conference facility.

CONCLUSION

We give all the Glory to God for the auspicious occasion of CATIC opening, the choir, staff and all those who were involved and ensured the success of the day. We thank the counties of Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet for their big support by bringing clients to us so that we can realise our dreams to improve the living standards of the people. Not forgetting all our partners and supporters for their continued prayers and support. Above all we thank GOD for giving us the strength, wisdom and the ability to be where we are. We can say that – thus far the LORD has brought us.

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