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Fr. Duncan’s Visit to Charles Lwanga School

At about 7am in the morning on Thursday February 16th, 2017 in Ruai, Kenya, 280 plus students were on parade to pray, sing and give words of welcome to Fr. Duncan MacIsaac of Stella Maris Parish, Inverness, NS and St Margaret’s Parish, Broad Cove, NS, Canada. He was representing Inverness County Cares (ICC) in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  He came to St Charles Lwanga Secondary School because he cares and wanted to meet the students and staff at St Charles Lwanga School.
Shortly after arrival Fr. Duncan sat down with about 18 students from Form 4 (grade12) and staff in their newly constructed Chapel. He listened to each student tell of their dreams for their future and how they will build up and enrich society. They spoke of what they learned at St Charles Lwanga Secondary School beyond the academics, of how they learned to share and look out for each other. They spoke of how they grew as persons by taking on leadership roles and carrying out their responsibilities in a faithful manner. It was encouraging and uplifting to hear these young men and women speaking from their heart and in such an eloquent way.
ICC was also represented by Betty Jane Cameron of Mabou and she and Fr. Duncan met with Br Kennedy and staff along with representatives of Chalice of Bedford, NS. The Chalice delegation included Mary Anne MacKinnon, the International Director of Chalice whose ancestral roots are from Inverness County, along with Ann Josiah a Native Kenyan who is a Regional Director for Chalice in Kenya. A wide ranging discussion ensued that examined both challenges and opportunities of how St Charles Lwanga Secondary school can continue to move forward in the future in the best interests of the students and their education. The obvious improvements in classes, structures, formation, and financial accountability were noted and affirmed.
St Charles Lwanga School’s vision is clearly stated for all to see upon entering the school grounds. It reads: ” A society in which children irrespective of their background are equipped with knowledge and skills to play their role in life as citizens of the world”. These values are reinforced on a daily basis in the hearts and minds of the children.

The students themselves are engaging and fiercely determined to do their best in this school setting, despite its limitations of space and available material resources. Those who succeed will be exemplary citizens and leaders in their communities, in their country and in the world as a whole. ICC and Chalice through shared funding of $60,000 each, over a 3 year period have enhanced and made real the possibility of the dreams and their fulfillment for these children. It is no small achievement.

Sustainable Agriculture

This week has been great at St. Charles Lwanga Children Centre, the students have been actively involved in different activities at the school. The youth members especially, have been involved in creative thinking where they are practicing sustainable agriculture by reusing the broken buckets, boxes and sacks around the school since there is not enough space at the school and the school garden is currently been used by the agriculture students for their practical’s. The youth project aims at controlling and managing the non-biodegradable waste around the school compound and also for farming where the vegetables will be used for feeding the students. The students have carried out this process in different stages as follows.

The students collected the broken buckets, boxes, sacks and bottles. The girls cut the bottles into shapes that could hold the soil in place. They later filled the buckets and the boxes with soil and set them ready for planting.

The students filled the buckets with soil ready for planting.

Other activities in which the students were involved in are, clearing the drainage system to avoid stagnant water, which can lead to breeding of mosquitoes and later to malaria infection.

The students were involved in fencing, watering and planting the vegetables.

To sum it all, we appreciate all our benefactors, friends and Brother Kennedy for their continued support and good will towards our school.

Thank you and God Bless you.

Loss of Stanley Wanjala

St. Charles Lwanga Children’s Centre and Secondary School and community at large, lost a very hardworking form one student, 14 year old, Stanley Wanjala. He passed over, on the 17th of March 2017 at 7:00 PM at Kakamega referral hospital in Kakamega town, Kenya. Three siblings, his mother and numerous relatives survive him. His family lived in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya. His death came unexpectedly. Stanley’s funeral service will take place Saturday March 25th, in Magoo, Kenya and he will be laid to rest in a family plot near his grandparent’s home. We all extend our sincerest sympathies to Stanley’s family and friends.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Chalice Critical needs fund for this funeral, will soon find a location on the Chalice websites address this need.

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/donate.aspx?eventid=153266&langpref=en-CA&Referrer=http%3a%2f%2fwww.chalice.ca%2f

Or you may use the PayPal button on this  website
All donations are tax deductible in Canada and the USA.
The Chalice giving code is
CN-KLN0317

We all extend our sincerest sympathies to Stanley’s family and friends.

New Chapel and Betty Jane

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.
BETTY JANE’S VISIT
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

CHARITY TALENT SHOW DAY
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.

Inverness County Cares and Chalice are so very proud of our students. All students passed their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Schools (KCSE) exams and three exceptional students have earned distinction by earning full government scholarships to prestigious Kenyan universities.
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It is with much happiness, that we St. Charles Lwanga family celebrate the success of our students. Our 2016 candidates sat for their final examination and they brought about clean sheets that the school has never attained before. We are proud of these geniuses who have made the school and the whole community shine brighter than before. We appreciate each and everybody’s hand of support that you gave us to acquire and make this great step forward. We are so excited. Most sincerely we thank the Inverness County Cares and Chalice foundation for their timely support towards our school. It is through the provision of quality education, good feeding program, proper medical care, provision of sanitary towels for the girls that our students were able to do exemplary well. We have some of our students joining the public universities. We also appreciate the other students, the brothers, teachers and subordinate for creating good environment for the candidates.
These are our students who passed highly and will be given direct entry to the universities. To sum it all we are much grateful to all our benefactors and friends for their continued support towards our school, may God bless you.
Thank you

 These are our students who passed highly and will be given direct entry to the universities.

Cathline Agufana

Nancy Morina

Martin Mungai

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