In the late 1980s, the Center started a two-year vocational training programme for secondary-school leavers, ladies aged between 19 through to 24 years, full boarders in search of income-generating and employment-oriented skills and attitudes. This was known as MAWOTI, The Materi Women’s’ Training Institute.
Three main courses were offered at Mawoti: Food and Beverage, Production and Service; Secretarial and Computer Studies; and Tailoring. Additional offerings included Crop Production, Appropriate Technology, Income Generation, Marketing, Social Development, Family Life Education, Child Care and Hygiene.
Mawoti staff members also reached out to into the Tharaka community with livestock activities, boreholes, a credit loan scheme, an agro-chemical shop as well as weekly in-service seminars. For the seminars, lodging and food were available for 48 participants.
Most of the programmes and activities were carried out within the Centre alongside the other ‘schools’ there. Danish “Save the Children” funded this most useful unit for 12 years. When the funding ceased and no new donors could be found, the Mawoti work stopped.