November Report

11/24/2016

 
ST. CHARLES LWANGA CHILDREN CENTRE, SECONDARY SCHOOL Report.
The school is running on well with the form four students still continuing with their final examination. We are much grateful to Chalice foundation in collaboration with Inverness County Cares for their support in the construction of the latrines. The students are very happy with the latrines as they have helped them improve on their hygiene.
We are very happy to receive visitors from Vermont :Emily Guo, Mary Lynn Riggs, Jane and Sam Hugen, who had wonderful and great interaction with our students. We are grateful to our visitors for  the gifts they brought to the staff and the children and also for their  wonderful gesture to work with us and their university on the exchange program where our students can visit their school and their students can visit our school. We also thank Sam Hagun for agreeing to work with us on improving the agricultural practice in our school garden. This will help improve on vegetable production in the garden.
We are much grateful to Emily Guo for her generous donation towards buying a piece of land in Homabay county which is the new proposed site for Lwanga Children. Emily donated $1500 USD which is going to buy  0.22 acres of land. There are 4  more acres  of  land remaining within the same piece of land we wish to buy in the area where the cost of one acre is 3000USD, we appeal for support in purchasing the land so as to avoid losing the land. The area  is good for agriculture as it has good black cotton soil and reliable  rainfall. The site will be of great benefit to the children as they will be in a position to learn new agricultural methods and other skills from the school that will empower them for their future lives. Emily has great interest in working with the community and this will help her and others to work closely and have interaction with the community members.
We St. Charles Lwanga family are much grateful to our visitors and all our benefactors for their good will towards our school.

Thank you

Report prepared by :
Florence Maina
Social worker
St. Charles Lwanga children Centre



 
 
ST. CHARLES LWANGA CHILDREN CENTRE, CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
The 2016 academic year has finally come to an end and the children are engaged in different activities such as the workshops, seminar and sports, while  the form fours are preparing for their final examination which will start on 7th Nov 2016. On 24th October 2016 we celebrated our Christmas and the children were highly engaged in the preparation for the day. The celebration was a sign of unity as we were able to share different and special meals such as chapattis, vegetables and beef stew which made the children very excited. The entertainment was crowned with Christmas songs, traditional songs, drama, comedy and poems that brought much joy and happiness to us at the St. Charles Lwanga family.
We the St. Charles Lwanga fraternity are much grateful to Chalice Foundation in collaboration with Inverness County Cares for their continued support to St. Charles Lwanga that includes Christmas  celebration. We appreciate all our benefactors, well-wishers and friends for their good will in enabling the smooth running of our school programs.

Thank you
Report prepared by :
Florence Maina
Social worker
St. Charles Lwanga children Centre

 

New latrines

10/19/2016

 
  REPORT ON LATRINES
It is with much joy in our hearts that we the St. Charles Lwanga fraternity wish to express our gratitude to Chalice Canada in collaboration with Inverness County Cares for their continued support in social needs especially in the facilitation of the construction of the new latrines. The new latrines were constructed to cater for two for the boys joined with urinal pits and two for the girls. Attached are pictorials for various activities towards the construction of the latrines.
The project commenced well by assembling of the construction materials such as sand, stones, cement, ballast, metal rods, wire mesh, timber. This was quite essential as it helped in ensuring that work was in progress.
After assembling the materials, the ground on which the latrines were to be dug was marked and the excavation started immediately.
Thank you
Report prepared by:
Florence Maina
The pictures below are in reverse order.

 
 
Sharon above and Sharon and her friend Daisy
SHARON AWUOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY
The late Sharon Awour was born on 10th Oct 1997, she was a daughter of the late Felistus Anyango and a sister to Emily Achieng, Mitchell Atieno and Stefano Bazu .She was the second born in a family of four children. Their parents passed on while they were still very young and their elder sister Emily was left to take care of the other siblings. This has not being easy for her, as she doesn’t have a job to support the family with their education and basic needs. She is now left with the responsibility of two younger sisters in primary school and is positively living. The late Sharon joined St. Charles Lwanga Children Centre in 2015 for her secondary school education as she couldn’t fit in the other schools where they could pay school fees and other school expenses; she was also subjected to too much stigma and segregation from friends and classmates in her former school as she was positively living. But this was no more in St. Charles Lwanga as she found much joy with the students she interacted with, care and much love as everybody enjoyed interacting and sharing with her. She studied, shared meals with other students freely without any segregation. The late Sharon started feeling unwell in second term where she complained of very painful backache and was treated in our school dispensary .The pain persisted and the school adviced her for further medication where she was taken to Nairobi West hospital and was admitted. She felt better and was discharged from the hospital but later after two weeks she started experiencing painful backache .She was taken to Nazareth Hospital where she was diagnosed of meningitis. She passed on in the same hospital while undergoing treatment on 26th Oct 2016.Her body was brought to St. Joseph Fraidnadmetz Catholic Church where the school had organized for her requiem mass. The body was laid to rest on 8th Oct 2016 at her home in Siaya County Kisumu.
May her soul rest in eternal peace. Amen 
We St. Charles Lwanga children Centre fraternity wish to pass our most felt gratitude to Inverness County cares and Chalice Foundation for their continued support and most especially in settling the late Sharon’s hospital bill and burial expenses. Thank you so much for your generous contribution.

Prepared by Athman Shee
Tribute to Sharon  
Someone said, “Time is our most precious commodity and once it passes it is lost forever.” Sharon, there was indeed a time we hanged out, ate, talked and laughed together but all that is gone now and what is left are just memories.
A Lawyer as we loved to call you, you were born a star, remained so and even died a golden star .you touched our lives in many ways, we admired, loved and adored you greatly. A call from you always brought a smile on our faces.
We miss you sister, you made such a huge difference especially in our class form three. Back at Nazareth hospital you promised to come back, you dint know but now we know the reason why “Good people go too soon, they have only a short time to leave their footprints in the sand of time”

Prepared by Daisy
Tribute to Sharon Sharon was a sister and friend to all of us very hardworking and always appeared among the top as she was very bright, intelligent and very active .She was a great debater and journalism member. She started the journalism club which turned out to be the biggest club in our school. Her biggest dream was to be a lawyer and fight for human rights .To make her dreams come true, we should all work hard especially those who want to become lawyers as she did. When we went to visit her at Nazareth hospital she mentioned brother Kennedy and said she wanted to be with him. At Nairobi, she said, “When I will be with brother, I will be okay". She loved to stay at school, as it was her home.
The days we had, the memories we shared, the moments we enjoyed together, the affection you showed towards us will forever stick in our minds.The restless days and sleepless nights we spent, the sorrows we shared but up to now we can’t believe that you walked away from air lives. You are lying before us too breathless to argue. We will miss every part of you, treasure all the time we spent together. We are mourning your solemn dignity. May your soul rest in eternal peace. Amen
R.I.P Our dear Sharon.

 
 
It is with deep sorrow to announce the sudden demise of SHARON AWOUR ADHIAMBO, age 17, who is our student in form three (grade 11) class. She passed on after a short period of illness at Nazareth hospital on 26th/September 2016 at 7:00pm in Nairobi. Sharon was obedient, bright and hardworking girl. She was admitted in our school as an orphan. She has been living positively throughout her life. Sharon was staying with her sister in Nairobi who is also jobless, she was the second born of four. We therefore appeal to well-wishers and friends to help us foot hospital bills and burial expenses. The hospital bill is kshs 41,980 ($428 USD) and the burial expenses of kshs 100,000 ($1,020 USD) total to $1,448 USD to cater for the body to be moved from Nairobi to Kisumu.  
Your prayers and contributions will be highly appreciated. Thank you.
Yours faithfully,
Br John Kennedy Oronjo,
School director

Note: Sharon's body will not be released from the hospital for burial until the hospital bill is paid and most likely will not be available for burial until the burial fees are paid. This is a customary practice in Kenya.

 
 
ST. CHARLES LWANGA CHILDREN CENTRE, SECONDARY SCHOOL REPORT
Learning is in progress and the teachers and students are on their toes to ensure that they complete the syllabus and help the children acquire quality education.

Success story
My name is Roy Njagi a Form Two student in St. Charles Lwanga Children’s Centre and Secondary School. Allow me to share my story with you. I grew up in a family of three and everything seemed to work out well until one day when my dad started behaving in a strange manner to us. He suddenly stopped taking up his responsibilities as he used to, he could no longer provide for the family food and other basic needs. Any time he was asked for food he could get  violent and chase us away despite the time of the night. We dropped out of school, as my mother could not afford to provide education and the basic needs to us. I felt much pain in my heart and I wondered what I could do to get my family out of the situation. I blamed and cursed every bit of my life as we could go hungry for days without hope of getting the solution to our challenges. Later my dad divorced my mother and since then she has been taking full responsibility as a parent. I am happy to have joined St. Charles Lwanga as I have been able to acquire an education, fed well with three meals a day which I hardly ever had, have shelter and medical care with  the help of Brother Kennedy  and friends. May God bless him and all our school benefactors for giving us hope in our lives.

I (Roy) have a poem in appreciation for the dormitory.
I come with full gratitude to our benefactors of Boornbergum from Netherlands,
Who helped us in building our new dormitory together with our friend Berend,
The dormitory has have been there, our  rest place for a very long time,
You’ve always been there when I needed you,
Oh ! Dormitory, I cannot thank you enough.
When I come exhausted from learning,
You always keep my dreams safe,
And give a chance to dream on,
About my future and life after school,
You give me hope for tomorrow,
Oh! Dormitory I cannot thank you enough.
You’ve always been there for my brothers and sisters, 
You protect us from the mosquitoes and other dangerous insects,
What else can we wish for apart from your great walls to remain strong,
Oh! Dormitory I cannot thank you enough.
As I wrap up my quest,
I salute your great occupation as you have accommodated most of us,
Words are not enough to express our gratitude to you,
Oh ! Dormitory, I cannot thank you enough.

Inverness County Cares Hall
A poem about the multipurpose hall prepared by Lamech Mutunga in form two
We thank the Inverness County Cares in Canada ,
For helping us in the building of our multipurpose hall,
Our hall, where we meet during recreation activities,
We assemble there for our debates,
We gather there for our parading after exams,
It is actually useful to our school.
Our hall, the place where we take our food,
After taking meals prepared by our cooks,
The most hygienic place in our school,
It is actually useful to our school.
Our hall when motivational speakers come,
We all assemble to go and get knowledge,
Where we can fit and wait to get the best,
It is actually useful to our school.
During occasions, our hall is where we go,
We take our weekly thanks giving mass,
It is actually useful to our school.

A poem about the clinic prepared by Sharon Kerubo in form two.
The School Clinic
I thank the chalice foundation
For setting up our school clinic
And for buying medicines we use
It is a clinic full of unity
Living with people as a community
Which leads prosperity
With the people surrounding it
Any matters on medication
The clinic is always there
To take responsibility of the patient
With the help of the clinic officer
It has made it easier for all students
To get treatment and not like the
Past years where we had to get medication far from the school .
And for this students are not at
Any risk of getting ill whether
During the day or at night
As students we are happy for the clinic
On behalf of the school
We take a hand to thank
All benefactors who took a
Hand in the facilitation of our school clinic 
May God bless you all

A poem about the kitchen prepared by Daisy in form 3
The Martha Kitchen
During those days, people suffered severely
No room for cooking, not enough firewood
Dust was everywhere, no proper utensils
Diseases were everywhere, no doctors available
Oh! Stomach ache headache, no medicine available
A day came, oh ! It  was so good
Masons appeared, students were surprised
Construction started, oh a beautiful house
Guess what was written, Martha kitchen
Wow wonderful indeed, hygiene was restored
Sickness reduced rapidly, students got back to class
Hygiene food was prepared, no dust and dirt
Doctors relaxed, students became healthy,
Ooh life became sweet, students studied happily
Pass, pass, pass, students passed exams.
Thank you brother Kennedy, students shouted
Thank you Martha sisters , the teachers sang
Thank you our Dalbrae students, the cooks whispered 
Thank you our friends, all the workers shouted
The song of appreciation was all over our faces.

A poem about computer lab prepared by Brian Okoth in Form 3
The Computer Laboratory
I thank Berend for helping us in becoming computer literate children
I had interest, but had no facilities
I knew nothing, but that was before
Am now the best, computer literate boy.
When our laboratory was built and computer in it
We had lessons that had great impact in us
I am now the best, computer literate boy
Flipping my fingers from the keyboard to mouse
While the cursor, moved from one corner to the other
Am now the best, computer literate boy
I can make a result sheet, and also a marking scheme
I can decorate and design a wedding card
I am now the best, computer literate boy

Poem about the school van prepared by Victor Onyango in form 3
The School Van
We thank the chalice foundation
For buying our school the school van
Yes!!! , transportation was now made easier in our school
But with my own art I drew the school van
Since then we have been using the van for our academic trips
Which has boosted and enhanced our learning
The school has also been very helpful
To the students especially those who get medical refer
They are able, to be transported easily.

We appreciate every effort made by the Boornbergum foundation, Chalice foundation, Inverness County Cares, Dalbrae students, friends and all our benefactors in facilitating the smooth learning of our Centre. May God bless you all.

This week we had visitors, Sister Felly and her friends who came to educate the girls on the reusable sanitary towels, the girls were very happy as this was great knowledge impacted on them but they did not like the idea as they are used to the disposable sanitary towels.

Report prepared by
Florence Maina , Social worker


 

Thank you

08/29/2016

 
Inverness County Cares would like to thank all our volunteers and supporters who made our 2016 Pizza sale such a success. Although the event was held on Sunday August 7th, there were many hours of preparation and planning before the actual event. Thank you especially to Ted and Hermina van Zutphen for their help making the pizzas and the use of their family home and grounds. We especially want to thank them for donating all the ingredients needed to make the pizzas.
We are grateful for the numerous people who volunteered their time to help. The many people who helped are testament to the strong community support for Inverness County Cares. 
Thank you also to the many people who bought the pizzas. We truly appreciate the support of our community in all our undertakings.
Thank you


 
 
 
 
My name is John David a student from St. Charles Lwanga children Centre. I grew up in Kibera (Largest slum in Nairobi) without a father, my mother got sick and I shifted to live with my elderly  grandmother in Ruai. My grandmother had no job to cater for our daily and our basic needs. It pained me so much how she used to move from one place to another in search of job. She took me to school but life didn't change in fact it become worse as she could not afford the school fees. It is due to these challenges I dropped out of school and  run into the streets in search of food and a job which could help me take care of my  mother and grandmother. For me to fit in the street life I had to use of very harmful drugs like bhang, khat, glue and many others. I stayed in that harmful environment for about 4 years, I lost focus on education and gave up in life. I cursed each day of my life because it was full of challenges. My grandmother took her efforts of searching for me and only found me in Dandora slums, a very arrogant and dirty boy. She took me back home where I joined a nearby school. It was while in Ruai that I met Brother Kennedy who welcomed me to his school. In the school I am very happy with my fellow students and am able to get three meals a day which I didn't get back at home. The Centre is a home for us, where we find love and care which we don’t get in our families. May God Bless Brother Kennedy for giving hope back in my life. Through the guidance and counseling offered at the Centre I am able to heal from the wounds of self-denial and hatred. I am happy at school as am able to exercise my talent as a comedian. I would like to be an artist where I would use my music to teach other children on the dangers of drugs.

 
 
This video is of the St Charles Lwanga School Choir under the direction of Geoffrey the school choir director.
Geoffrey is a student of Betty Jane Cameron.
It is so heart warming to hear the beautiful voices of the Lwanga school children.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM91EsvROrI