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
 

July Report

07/25/2016

 
Report                   
Last week the Centre organized for self-directed learning in the form of a symposium where the children were to demonstrate in action what they learn in class. They got to show their different capabilities in various fields example in sciences, languages and other educative demonstrations. This was a wonderful moment for the students and the teachers as this helped our students to understand better what is taught in class and also the teacher was able to evaluate their students. It was a lot of fun for both the students and the entire staff. The photos below show the students showing their skills.
This week we had an academic clinic day for the form ones and twos. Their guardians interacted one on one with the teachers to find out the performance of their sons and daughters in class. They discussed at length on how to improve their strengths on their studies and their talents. The photos below show the teachers discussing on the child’s academic progress.
We also had a motivational talk which was well facilitated by Father Oronjo who is a brother to Brother Kennedy. It was an inspiring moment where he taught the students on virtues of faith, hope and charity.
Poultry farming
The poultry project has been productive as we collect eggs daily with which we make income. It has also created a job opportunity to one of our former student who is taking care of the chicken and also our garden where we have planted some vegetables. The project has encouraged the students in their learning, as they are able to work out their agricultural practicals well.
The garden vegetables are used in feeding the children though the yields have not been much due to poor soil drainage and diseases amongst others challenges. We therefore request for Green house farming which requires less land and the yields are much to boost our feeding program .The green house will also create some employment to our children who complete school and have not yet joined their tertiary education.
The journalism club members have a project of production of a school magazine. The project  aims at promoting the different talents in our children, marketing the school and also earn some income which will be used by the children in their learning. The project will cost 300 USD for its publication. We therefore are appealing for assistance in raising the funds for the magazine publication.
Thank you
Report prepared by: Florence Maina

 
 
Click here to learn about the latest fundraiser organized by Inverness County Cares, in Nova Scotia, Canada.
http://invernesscountycares.com/blog.html
 
 
A short video/Power Point concerning the St Charles Lwanga School has been posted to YouTube.
https://youtu.be/rFb5_2ZJMng


 
 
You Tube video of Br Kennedy's presentation, Democratic education in Africa – How to teach equality in an unequal society-  at the IDEC@EUDEC – INTERNATIONAL DEMOCRATIC EDUCATION CONFERENCE
June 6-10th 2016 in Mikkeli, Finland-

This is a link to Br Kennedy's presentation at the conference