Month: March 2013 (Page 1 of 2)

School Inspections

In conversation with Br Kennedy. Br Kennedy reports that the students are busy preparing for Holy Week. They are collecting palm fronds for the Holy Week services. Government Health inspectors were at the St Charles Lwanga school and they reported that the school was neat and clean but over crowded. On their departure they gave the school three bags of rice. Quality assurance inspectors also paid the school a visit to assess the quality of education offered and they were pleased with the level of learning achieved.  Students write exams on a regular basis and they are preparing for a new round of exams.

The dry season is ending and the garden, which was planted by students, is up and the students are cultivating it.  


March Food Purchase

A monthly accountability report on food consumption: On behalf of St. Charles Lwanga Children Centre, we express our heartfelt appreciation for a  generous contribution from Inverness County Cares, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, of Kshs. 40,000 ($500) toward the purchase of foodstuff in the centre. We were able to make a monthly budget out of the money which enabled the Centre to run efficiently.
N/B: Cost of transporting the goods was Kshs. 230($3), plus Total Amount  (in the table below) in Kshs .49, 770 ($622). Therefore, Total Amount of Expenditure = Kshs. 50, 000 ($625).

Kshs = Kenyan shillings

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Students off loading bags of food from car.

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Students bringing bags of food to storeroom.

New Team Member

Introducing a new member of the St Charles Lwanga School Team: Bro Sylvester Okoth
“THE INVISIBLE POWER OF HOPE.
By Bro Sylvester Okoth (B.S.C.L).
To majority of people struggling for survival in this tough economic environment, great efforts of making ends meet are often met with disappointment and hopelessness. Some simply decide to quit the battle without giving it a second thought. What would be the driving force? Pessimism! Such individuals either don’t understand the role played by “hope” in our lives, or simply are not open to possibility of a bright future. Sincerely speaking, nobody under the sun can tell with exactness what will happen in the future, either soon or later. We all struggle to achieve happiness basing our efforts on potentiality but actualization is indefinite, yet it is hope that keeps the pursuit ongoing. Indeed, hope that things will be better or plans will work out is what keeps us going.

As a newly professed member of the institute of Brothers of St Charles Lwanga, I had never imagined how this precious gift of hope, can be channeled into the lives of the less-privileged in the society. This possibility dawned to me when I was appointed to St. Charles Lwanga Secondary school in Ruai- Nairobi (Kenya) to assist Br.John Kennedy Oronjo in running the Rehabilitation Centre which is integrated with Secondary Education Programme.
When I set my feet into the centre hardly a week ago, I was impressed by the initiative and great effort put in place by the “director” and the “well-wishers” to ensure that the students, most of whom are street children and thus from desperately poor backgrounds, are empowered to feel accepted and loved in the society.
In a special way, I want to thank our donors and everybody of good will who have chipped in to help the project remain operational. I want you to feel important and proud for your open-heartedness is putting warmth and rays of hope in the lifestyle of such needy children. May the Good Lord reward you abundantly for the tireless efforts of creating   a world where everyone gets along despite heartbreaking challenges of the current society.

Bro. Sylvester Okoth, apart from teaching at the Centre, will be handling “peer guidance and counseling” ,liturgy, “catechism instruction”, “school choir training” and occasional facilitation of straight talks on “self-responsibility”, “communication media influence on today’s youth”, and “integrated human sexuality”. All this efforts are aimed at providing the students with an opportunity to gradually attain personal growth and development, thus achievement of a holistic personality.     
                      

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Brother Sylvester Okoth

More and More Students

Report from Br Kennedy: The school now has about 150 students. 105 of them are live in, and the others live off the school grounds with foster families.  The St Charles Lwanga School provides meals for all these children. Brother Kennedy tells us this lack of living space for the influx of students will force him to look for accommodations outside of the school, for the ministry may not allow crowding and this will lead to more expenses. A new temporary corrugated metal building will cost about $400 USD to construct.  If you wish to help with this building, go to our ‘How to Help’ page, where we have a PayPal button.

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The type of building needed to house extra students.

Homeless Children

Hi, these are some of the photos of the two new girls who arrived yesterday from Mkuru Kwa Njenga slums, they were homeless after their houses got burnt by unknown source of leaving 100 dead and thousands homeless. They need to go back to the elementary school or primary seven in Kenya, which I tried to look for today and no school would want to cooperate (accept) them. I went to two schools and all refused them, but still waiting for God’s providence so that I get where they can get accepted to get education. The two are sisters. All the best my friends

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Lwanga building

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Two girls from the Mkuru Kwa Njenga slums. They are at the Lwanga school now.

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