St Charles Lwanga Report. By Florence Wairimu Maina

The week has been great at St. Charles Lwanga Children Centre Secondary School. The construction of a chapel by the Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga was a great part of the week. The Chapel was built in a short amount of time. It will be a prayer hall and a place to conduct the mass for the Brothers together with the students and thus is a great part of the community. There is currently the need for 250 armless plastic chairs for the Chapel and one chair would cost Ksh 800 and this would mean that we would need Ksh 200,000 (approx. 1950 USD) for all the chairs for the chapel.

The new Chapel built by the Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga
The Inverness County Hall has continued to be used as a prayer room as well as a class for the form 1. It however needs renovation as the floor has started to break off. We continue to face a challenge with our classes because they are all in a terrible condition. They are very small and are made of temporal material that is iron sheets and thus they are very hot in the afternoon to the extent that the students have to study outside and under the trees.

The students are getting involved in school program and are working well with their teachers and their study groups. We however face a challenge when it comes to the desks. There are very few desks compared to the 280 children in the Centre and therefore most of them have to write from their laps or improvise sitting spaces.

The students improvising writing space due to lack of desks
The students also had a club showcase on Thursday together with their teachers. The whole school assembled and all the clubs gave a presentation about what their club is about, the officials were introduced and the teachers for each club also had an opportunity to present an item with them. The brief event was held in order to formally introduce the new form 1 class members to the clubs for them to decide the ones they would be interested in joining. It was also important to have this event for the purpose of preparing for the Charity Talent Show Day on Saturday. The Charity Talent Show Day will be held to support the students in meeting some of their needs in school.
We received a guest on Thursday 2nd Feb 2017, Betty Jane from Nova Scotia, Canada arrived at 9pm. She was welcomed by Brother Kennedy and some students at the Airport and received a greater welcome in the compound. She was glad to come back since her last visit in March 2016. She will be with us for the next 6 weeks interacting with the students and mainly teaching Music. The students are excited to enroll in her music classes.

Betty Jane teaching music

The Saturday Charity talent show Day was very successful. The morning occasion was well attended by the director, students and teachers with their families. They’re very interesting items that were performed and lots of music and dancing. The best part of the day was the fashion show. The participants showed a great level of creativity in all their outfits.

Fashion show on the charity talent show day.