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Machakos Technical Training Institute

A Government Technical Training Institution, located within Machakos municipality next to National Cereal Produce Board deport off Konza road. It was established in 1958 to provide technical craft skills to those maimed by war.  It was then sponsored by the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind and its local partner Kenya Society for the Blind initially to serve only male trainees who were taught orientation and mobility, braille literacy, handicraft and telephone operation course.

In 1987, the first female students were admitted and knitting & garment making courses introduced. In 1994 the first integrated Artisan level training was started. In 1997 the Institution was upgraded and renamed Machakos Technical Institute for the Blind becoming the only Technical Training Institution in East & Central Africa offering Kenya National Examination Council (K.N.E.C.) Craft courses to the visually impaired persons.

The Institution serves the needs of the visually impaired in East and Central Africa region.  Notable among our achievements in rehabilitation are 1998 August 7th Nairobi bomb blast survivors and the “Kumi kumi” illicit brew victims.

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The Institution offers Rehabilitation and Habilitation programme as well as the following technical and vocational courses:
•Clothing Technology
•Knitting
•Carpentry and Joinery
•Tannery And Leatherwork
•Building Construction (Masonry)
•Shiatsu(Japanese Massage)
•I.C.T

The aforesaid courses are offered in line with the stated Institute’s strategic objectives which include:-
1.To provide rehabilitative skills for functionality and ennoblement in order to discover and develop talents.
2.To provide rehabilitation services for survival and personal actualization.
3.To provide vocational training for nurturing talents, self-reliance and competitiveness.
4.To equip learners/trainees with appropriate technical skills to suit the market demand for further training and specialization.