A warm welcome to the THE THIKA ALUMNI TRUST (Reg Charity no 1176815) website.
The Thika Alumni Trust (TTAT for short) was established in June 2015 by ex-students of M P Shah Central High School (now Chania Boys’ and Girls’ High schools) of Thika in the central Kiambu district of Kenya, 26 miles north of the capital, Nairobi. In January 2018, TTAT was granted ‘Charity Status’. You can find out more about us by entering our number on the Charity Commission website: http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk. Our main objective is:
‘The advancement of education of students attending primary and secondary schools in Thika, Kenya by the provision of equipment, materials and support.’
The flavour of the school is aptly described in a few lines from ‘Class of 66’* – a poem written by alumnus Rasik Bhadresa:
This was the school that crossed borders
A pool of individuals of different bearings together
Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh all were one
Boy, girl and folk of every hue all one
Persons of each and every background one
Speakers of different languages one
No one made to feel they were alone
Merit and hard work admired
Good deeds respected
Somewhere the connections were retained. Dipped in commonality, sensitivity and tolerance, within we would always lean on each other.
What we acquired during our school days in Thika was a smile, a helping hand, courage, humanity, openness, warmth, modesty, courageous thinking, kindness and the vision of sharing and laughter. This is the vision that drives The Thika Alumni Trust today to fund-raise for those over yonder so that they too have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Your support will be most welcome.
*If you would like to read or download the full poem ‘Class of 66’ (32pages, 2nd revised edition published 2014) please click here for a PDF version [PDF 4.6MB].