St. Charles Lwanga Centre – Report from Br kennedy:
The students and teachers carried out their duties as usual and the week ended uneventfully. We were blessed by the expected visit of Mr. Berend, who came with decorations to decorate our birthday that will be held on 1st of June right here in the school. He came to take a documentary of the school and thus he questioned some of the students and teachers.
Due to the generous contribution of the S.H.O.W (Students Helping Our World) group we bought a printer-SX230 EPSON that we are now using in the printing of the examinations and other essential documents in the institution . This is destined to allow ease in production of documents. Below are photos of the printer and updates of the weekend.
Thanks to S.H.O.W group in Dalbre School in Cape Breton,Nova Scotia, Canada for the money that enabled the buying of the printer.
Mr. Berend was in the school premises touring and enjoying some of the presentations by the jovial students who received him right from the gate into the hall where they listened keenly to the brief speeches.
Preparation for the St. Charles Lwanga day is ongoing with the students practicing their items for presentation to make the day a joyful and colorful one. The event is to take place on the 1st of June in the school premises celebrating 3 years of the schools existence. We thank Mr. Berend for the decorations that will definitely make it beautiful.
The teachers still have their staffroom outside and they are doing their duties as is required of them, and the students are also adjusting to having to study outside out of the comfort of their classes as they await the finishing of the construction of the classroom.
Month: May 2013 (Page 1 of 2)
St Charles Lwanga Children’s Centre and Secondary School and Inverness County Cares announce the negotiations with Living Water Africa are ongoing and we are hoping to have a water system on the St Charles Lwanga School and residence site. We wish to gratefully thank the Living Water Africa people and Chairman Paul Verschueren, with whom we have been corresponding, for recognizing the huge changes a well can make for the Lwanga Children. Two of our Inverness County Cares members will visit the St Charles Lwanga site with our generous friend Berend De Boer in June. http://www.livingwaterafrica.org.uk/aboutus2.htm
Br Kennedy: We busy preparing for St. Charles Lwanga day on the first of June. The students are going to Gibson High School for a maths discussion and a chemistry joint example. We believe our students going to emerge the best. Also about the preparation of Lwanga day, they preparing with songs and dance
The students are extremely excited to have their own well, they eagerly await for that day when water will no longer be measured to them. It’s drying out now, no rain, no water.
In 2012 Br John Kennedy Omondi Oronjo, a Christian brother with the St Charles Lwanga Brothers, in Nairobi, Kenya, was selected to attend the Coady International Institute and develop his community leadership skills. The Coady International Institute is part of St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. Brother Kennedy, at that time was beginning his second year as director of the St Charles Lwanga Children’s Centre and Secondary School. Br Kennedy founded this school as a result of the great need for a home and education, he witnessed through his work with youth in the Kibera Slums of Nairobi. During his stay in Antigonish, Br Kennedy worked tirelessly to gather support for the children of his school. In October the Coady students made their annual excursion to the home community of the founders of the Coady Institute, Rev. Dr. Moses Coady and Rev. Jimmy Tompkins. Students visited with the Coady family at their home in Margaree, Nova Scotia. It was a special trip for especially for Br Kennedy, for he was the recipient of the Coady family bursary, an award bestowed each year on an exceptional member of the Coady student body. On the way home from Margaree the busload of international students stopped in the community of Judique. Each year the Coady students on their way back from Margaree, are invited by residents of Judique, into their homes for dinner.
This was the beginning of the association between Inverness County Cares and the St Charles Lwanga School. John and Theresa Mac Innis were host to Br Kennedy and they were very impressed by Br Kennedy’s courage and passion for his school. John Mac Innis was a member of the community group, Inverness County Welcomes (ICW), an organization, which in the past had welcomed two refugee families to the area and supported them for a year. He approached the members of ICW and asked if they would consider providing support for the St Charles Lwanga School. An independent group was formed and Inverness County Cares (ICC) came into existence with a mandate to help the St Charles Lwanga School for one year by providing $500 a month for food for the school for a year (January to December 2013). Fund raising has been ongoing and Br Kennedy has forged a close bond with his friends in Inverness County. ICC has received wonderful community support with funds donated by residents, organizations and community groups.
Above are some photos showing the events.
The construction of the classroom that is in this picture in still ongoing and at the moment about $3000 is required to finish it and allow the students to enjoy the facility. We appeal to the well wishers and volunteers to help in the raising of the funds.
As above the teachers’ go on with their duties as usual despite the position of their new “staffroom”.
Above the boys getting comfortable in their new dormitory, the former staffroom.
Students are still fetching water from a nearby school St. Joseph’s that is about a kilometer away from the St Charles Lwanga school premises… It is the school’s wish to be able to acquire a water well to provide for the students instead of them going all the way which is very tiresome.
The kitchen still delivers fully to the increasing students. Thank you indeed Mama Wech
Students enjoying with their teachers and director at various activities. Guess it true, “Learning too can be extreeeeeeeme fun!!”