First University Graduate for St Charles Lwanga

Brother Kennedy’s son, Mr. Emmanuel’s graduation ceremony

Point of clarification: Emmanuel is not Br Kennedy’s biological son, for in Kenya anyone may refer to somebody as a son or a daughter especially if you are a guardian to the person, in fact all the children refer to Br. Kennedy as their father. Brother Kennedy has journeyed with Mr Emmanuel all his life as he has being living right at the centre.  He came to ST Charles Lwanga  four year ago as a needy child after completing his form four education and could not proceed to college, due to lack of fee as he comes from a poor family that could not afford to pay for his college. Brother Kennedy helped him to join the University for his degree education where he has completed and graduated with a second class honors and qualifies for masters. While at St Charles Lwanga he has being teaching part time and also helping in the boarding section. He is the first student to graduate with a university degree, the others have been doing certificates and diplomas. Emmanuel has passed highly and he qualifies for masters degree. 

This was a very great moment to the whole school as they celebrated the victory of one of their own. St. Charles Lwanga children Centre is a home where dreams become a reality and the students can rise to any level of the education.

This week has being a very inspiring week to Brother Kennedy, staff members and the students as they celebrated the victory of one of the teachers Mr. Emmanuel who celebrated his graduation ceremony at the Centre. This was a very encouraging moment to the students as they shared their aspiration and how much they aspired to one-day graduate in different courses. Brother Kennedy was proud and much encouraged by his son, Mr. Emmanuel for his hard work and commitment to his studies. Tears of joy rolled out Brother Kennedy as he celebrated the victory of his son. He has educated Mr. Emmanuel and other children through great sacrifice of his pocket money and promised to support him in his masters level. May God bless Brother Kennedy for his selfless heart to help the needy.

Brother Kennedy congratulating one of his sons Mr. Emmanuel for his hard work at school.

Teachers and students also congratulated their college and teacher for his hard work at school.

The students shared a meal with the grandaunt.

Academic clinic day

On Saturday the school held an academic clinic day for the form ones and two where the guardians had a one on one conversation with the teachers on the progress of the students. The guardians were very happy on the remarkable academic improvement amongst the students. They were very grateful to Brother Kennedy, school administration and the teachers for the good work they are doing in ensuring that the students get education, food and medical care in fact they affiliated the good academic performance to good feeding program.

St Charles Lwanga Secondary School Choir

The school has a very strong and inspiring choir which is well guided and directed by Brother Kennedy. We also have a well acquainted pianist Mr Moreli who works hand in hand with Geoffrey Ambaisi in  training  the students  new music and  how to play the piano. We also thank Betty Jane Cameron of Inverness County Cares, Mabou, NS, Canada for her help and encouragement and help with our music program.
The school choir has greatly transformed the lives of the students in so many ways such as talent development where students are taught how to play different musical instruments. It has also helped the students in their spiritual growth, inspiring the Christians especially at the church as they sing very well during the Holy Mass celebration. It acts a source of unity where students come together and this keeps them away from engaging in bad behavior such use of drugs and substance abuse.

By Florence Wairimu Maina

SELF –DIRECTED LEARNING

Self-directive learning is a mode of learning where the students are given an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned in their classes.

St. Charles Lwanga secondary school is a home which provides education, shelter, food and medical care to students from low income families.

Last week was a very interesting week to both the teachers and the students. The Students were engaged in self-directive learning where each demonstrated their different capabilities and understanding of their subjects. It is amazing and quite encouraging how the Centre has greatly nurtured the different talents among the students. It was vivid that there is so much creativity, innovations and great potentiality among the students.

The teachers too could not believe their eyes as they observed the wonderful demonstrations by the students. Potential engineers working out an electric demonstration, solar heating and other scientific demonstrations.

Gender based Workshops

Earlier during the week the students were also engaged in different workshops which were gender based. During these workshops the students grouped themselves into boys and girls and they discussed some of the challenges that affected both the boy and the girl child in their societies. They came up with different topics such as early pregnancies, rape and relationships.

The girls groups discussing different topics well facilitated by Madam Ednah and other female teachers

The boys in their meeting with Brother Kennedy and other male teachers.

Later the day was crowned by a combined meeting where each group aired out their discussion. To sum it all we are very grateful to all the benefactors, friends and well-wishing for their continued support towards this noble work. God Bless you.

Report prepared by: Florence Wairimu Maina

Br. Kennedy’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.

The celebration was an inspiration and an encouragement to people who have journeyed with Brother Kennedy in his Charity work. The great transformation in the children’s education, health and hygiene is an indication of their efforts and that of Brother Kennedy.

We the St. Charles Lwanga family wish to register our most sincere gratitude to friends, benefactors and everybody who made Brother Kennedy’s 10th Anniversary day a success through their material, spiritual, moral and financial support. The celebration was one of a kind as it brought much joy, happiness and a lot of inspiration to Brother Kennedy, his family and all the friends who joined him in celebrating his great victory of helping the needy. It was also an emotional moment for the crowd as Brother Kennedy shared his life story, the thick and thin situations he underwent in his childhood and what inspired him to start charity work. He encouraged everybody to put God first and to remain focused and determined in their dreams. People came in large numbers from different communities and locations, old and the young with so many gifts and cards to encourage Brother Kennedy in his noble work. Others had touching entertainment presentations while others danced to the tune of the music.

A photo of the family members led by Fr. Joseph Oronjo as they presented their gifts.

Children from St. Martin Children Centre and Vianney Academy as they entertained the visitors with their humorous songs and dances.

This was a very inspiring moment for Brother Kennedy as he received gifts, flowers and cards from children in tertiary level and a women’s group from Rodi-Homabay.

The choir members also graced the occasion with their sweet voices as they sang during the mass celebration.

Later, after mass, the tables were set and everybody ate to their fullest since there were different meals prepared all together. To sum it all, we appreciate everybody for your kind and generous support towards the Anniversary and for making the day a success.  Article  by Florence Wairimu Maina

June 2017

This week has been a wonderful and quite a busy week, as the students were engaged much in their class work and in preparing for their cultural day celebrations. The students woke up very joyful as they welcomed the long awaited day, each student was eager to share their traditions and cultural practices. There were a number of items that the students had prepared for their cultural day such as traditional dances, poems and drama all aiming at educating the young people on the forgotten cultural practices.

It was quite a competitive competition for Mr. and Miss culture as each student had his/her unique cultural practice.

This was a traditional dance from the students.

The day was later crowned by the competition for Mr. and Miss St. Charles Lwanga where the judges had quite a hard decision in determining the winner. All the students were the best because they have done their best.

Thomas PRI-Training

The SCL fraternity wishes to pass their most sincere gratitude to friends from Vermont and the University of Vermont -Mary Lynn Riggs, Sam Hagen and Marrissa, for their kind and generous support towards the sponsorship of Thomas training at the PRI-Kenya institute and the agricultural project at the school. This has been a transformative moment for Thomas and the school at large as he has learnt so much on agriculture which he is able to share with the students. The students are so much encouraged and they are so happy to work with Thomas in his new agricultural project.

Thomas at the training where he learned different ways of improving the soil fertility.

Brother Kennedys 10yrs Anniversary

We are happy to invite friends and our benefactors to Brother Kennedy’s 10 years anniversary, which will be held at his home in Homabay on 17th June 2017. He will be celebrating 10 years in brotherhood where he has made tremendous impact in transforming lives and giving hope to the poor especially the young generation. During the period of his religious life, he has spent most of his time working for the poor and street children in his village and Nairobi city by providing education, food, shelter, medical care and advocating for the children rights. He has also brought hope to so many families through empowering the young women who can now gladly take care of their families happily.

Due to his outstanding leadership qualities, good will to the community, selfless heart to help the needy, honesty, diligence, patience among others, Brother Kennedy will be hosting over 500 visitors among them students and staff from SCL who will be more than happy to celebrate the victory of one of our own.

Come all, let’s support him by giving him hope, financial and moral support gifts and cards to encourage him in his noble task of charity and mission to help the needy.

Brother Kennedy with some of the beneficially students.

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