Month: April 2016

Br Kennedy Guest Speaker at Prestigious Conference in Finland.

June 6-10th 2016 in Mikkeli, Finland

Brother Kennedy will be speaking at this conference. His bio from the conference website is below.
Br John Kennedy is a brother of the congregation of St Charles Lwanga. He has attended the Coady International Institute in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is the administrator and founder of the St Charles Lwanga Children’s Centre and Secondary School in Ruai, Nairobi, Kenya.
On December 8th, 2012, director Brother Kennedy Omondi received his diploma in Leadership and Community Development from St Francis Xavier University and the Coady International Institute, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. He has also a diploma on advocacy and religious studies.
The Coady International Institute’s 19-week diploma provides a critical and reflective framework for experienced development practitioners to enhance their leadership competencies and their abilities to motivate and support people in creating a better world for future generations. The program is inspired by cutting-edge action research and deeply rooted in a community-driven approach that draws on over 50 years of experience. The program strengthens the capacity of development leaders to ask the questions confronting development and social justice today – and proposes pragmatic strategies for change. Throughout the program a collaborative relationship is fostered among facilitators and participants to draw out lessons and insights from their rich and diverse experiences.
“My motto is to make people come from grass to grace.”
Also featured at the conference are Justo Mendez & Ana Yris Founders and directors of Nuestra Escuela, Puerto Rico and solid defenders of public education.
Ana Yris Guzmán Torres is co-founder and Executive Director of Nuestra Escuela (Our School), alongside with her husband and president Justo Méndez Arámburu. Nuestra Escuela is a nonprofit organization, founded in 2000, that offers alternative educational services to young people who have left school without completing their high school education. Nuestra Escuela has several educational centres in Puerto Rico and a sister school in Nairobi, Kenia, named Shule Yetu. Being able to work and participate in the creation of a new services model that meets the talents and needs of young people is their greatest inspiration. Both Ana Yris and Justo have been solid defenders of public education, sharing practices, experiences and ideas with Puerto Rico’s public education system and policy makers.

April Report

St. Charles Lwanga Report
We have completed our first term and the students are engaged in youth workshops, seminars and games. The aim of the workshop is to educate the youth and equip them with adequate knowledge, which will help them in their day-today life. We had different facilitators facilitating different topics. The topics covered included:

  • Youth and the church                                                          
  • Youth and sexuality
  • HIV Aids and other sexually transmitted diseases
  • Leadership
  • Attitude
  • Drugs
  • Self-control, self-confidence, self-esteem, self-awareness
  • Homosexuality

The topics were educative as the youths learnt so much on how they understand the church of today and what the church is doing in encouraging the youth to go to church. On sexuality we had an extensive discussion where we learnt the dangers of engaging in sexual activities. We also learnt the qualities of a good leader and how to become a good leader and the types of leadership that one can use to run an organization. Much was also discussed on drugs, dangers of using drugs and substance abuse, the reason why people use drugs and how one can stop the use of drugs. We are much grateful to Brother Kennedy for organizing the youth workshop, may God bless him. The students also had a short break of two weeks and now the top classes have resumed their studies. The classes are going on well with the teachers facilitating the lessons.
During the workshop we received a visitor from Netherlands Berend De Boer who is a friend of the school. He brought some snacks for the students, which we happily shared amongst the students. We had wonderful and inspiring moments as he shared with the youths on HIV Aids transmission.
We at St. Charles Lwanga fraternity are grateful and much thankful to Bob Barklays for the donation of 100 mattresses to our school. The mattresses will help the students a lot in their studies, as they will get enough rest, which will enable them to have much concentration in their studies. Words are not enough to express our happiness, May God bless you for putting a smile our faces.
The students are also engaged in agricultural activities with the help of a former student. This serves as an encouragement to the students that even after their studies they can also assist others with the same knowledge acquired.
We are grateful for the progress of the school though we still have some challenges. E.g. land for expansion. We request for assistance in land acquisition as the land in which the school is built on is small therefore no room for expansion.
In conclusion, we are grateful to Brother Kennedy and our benefactors for their continued support towards our school that has enabled proper planning of our school programs. May God bless you.
Thank you.
Report prepared by:
Florence Maina
Social Worker


In School Training

The youth life changing workshop at st.Charles Lwanga Children Centre StCharles Lwanga Ruai is on until Friday.

New Mattresses from Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) 

Today Sleeping Children Around the World donated a hundred of mattresses for St Charles Lwanga Ruai children.We want to thank you sincerely for your generosity and for this huge contribution to our centre. When they sleep well they wake up strong to undertake their duties.

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