Tewa is one of the educational projects that have been established by Kianda Foundation in Kuruwitu, Kilifi District. The Centre was inaugurated on 2nd February 2010 by Hon. Benedict Gunda, the then M.P. Bahari Constituency. Tewa is a Swahili name for one of the popular fish which is a delicacy for the people in the area.
Tewa's mission is to provide quality education for girls and women in order to enable them acquire professional skills in hospitality. The training program is geared to meet international standards so that the students can be easily integrated in the professional world and meet the demands of the job market. The outreach programmes are geared towards uplifting the living standards of women through training in technical skills that will help them be self-sufficient starting up their own industries.
Kilifi District is one of the poorest districts in Kenya. The main problems of the area are:
1. Low level of education for women – 30% literacy only.
2. Poverty and ignorance due to lack of training opportunities to capacitate the girls for employment and self-employment.
3. Poor nutrition due to lack of food consequently a high rate of child mortality.
In line with its vision and mission, Kianda Foundation and Nurisha Trust (an offshoot of Kianda Foundation) saw the needs of the women in Kilifi and ventured into empowering the women in Kuruwitu. The institution was built and inaugurated on 2nd February 2010. It was officially registered as a Technical Institute by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology in February 2011
The Tewa Hospitality certificate Course is a 2 year Program for KCSE certificate holders aged between 18 and 25 years. The course covers Food and Beverage Production and Service, Front Office, Laundry and House Keeping, Human Formation and Basic Accounting.
The Tewa Skills Certificate Course is a 1 year technical program designed for K.C.S.E Certificate Holders, aged between 16 and 25 years. The course covers Food Production and Service, Housekeeping and laundry and Agriculture.
The Tewa Outreach programs target ladies from the neighborhood between the ages of 16 and 65 years. These ladies learn Adult Literacy Courses, Agriculture, Cookery, Nutrition and Hygiene and Sewing.
"I was born into a family of eight children. My future was bleak, but Tewa rescued me and I can now support my family. I earn enough income to support my two brothers in their education."- Jennifer Zawadi