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October Report

This week has been a very joyous week as the students couldn’t hide their joy as they offloaded some boxes sent by friends of the school from Netherlands through Berend De Boer. The boxes contained some computers for the students which would help them in their computer lessons. The St.Charles Lwanga fraternity wish to express their sincere gratitude to friends from Netherlands for their kind and generous support towards the school through the computer donation. The staff and the students have promised to use the computers effectively to improve on technological classes.

Talent Thursday

“Talent Thursday” as the students calls it, is a day in which students and teachers gather together in the afternoon and each class is given a chance to perform their different talents. This Thursday the teachers carried the day with the theme Youth and Technology. The students were so excited on the various performances their teachers demonstrated. The day was a learning moment for the students in different areas such as stage management, poetry and narratives amongst others.

A brighter day for Mercy.

Mercy Anyango is in class six at Ayub Okoko primary school. She is the first born in a family of three siblings and her parents have no permanent job while the mother operates a small kiosk where she sells tomatoes and onions for their living. It was during this time that Brother Kennedy meet her as she was helping her mother in their kiosk, and curiosity got the better part of Brother Kennedy where he inquired why she wasn’t in school. Mercy explained that she has been in and out of school due to lack of school fee as the small business her mother operates can’t pay her fees, medical and also support their daily and basic needs. Brother Kennedy promised to help her and today Mercy is rejoicing of an answered prayer as a person from Inverness County Cares decided to support her in her education, in memory of the demise of Brother Kennedy’s Uncle and Mr. Fredrick’s Brother. Thank you so much and may God bless you abundantly for lighting a candle in Mercy’s life.

Success story.

My name is Faith Atieno in form three at St. Charles Lwanga children Centre. I am an orphan as my parents passed on while we were still very young. We are eight siblings under the guardianship of our elderly grandmother who struggles through thick and thin to provide for our basic needs. I am happy I am in school as some of my elder brothers had to drop out of school to help my grandmother in providing for the family basic needs. I joined St. Charles Lwanga at a time when I had given up in life and had lost hope for a better tomorrow but since I joined the St Charles Lwanga School my life really changed and I have hope for a brighter future. At the Centre, I found Brother Kennedy, friends and teachers who are loving and caring, they build my self-esteem and also realize my talent as a designer. I am so proud of my school especially with the renovation of the new classes, which are very spacious, new desks and the new computers, which just arrived at the school. Much appreciation goes to Brother Kennedy, Chalice foundation, Inverness County Cares, friends from Netherlands, Berend De Boer and all good people for putting a smile on our faces through your donations and support towards our school. God Bless you.

Containers from the Netherlands

New computers from the Netherlands

With the hat is Brother Christopher

Madam Ann presenting a narrative

Mercy Anyango

Faith Atieno

St Charles Lwanga Daily Schedule

Students and staff are up at 4:30 AM when they wash and dress. Whole school prayers are held from 5:00 -5:30 and after prayers the students wash dishes, clean latrines and dorms, collect garbage and do chores that keep the school clean and efficient.

At 6:00 they line up for breakfast of maize porridge. They dress, shine shoes and go to study hall at 7:00 with classes beginning at 8:00 except on Monday and Friday when they all gather for the whole school assembly where school issues are dealt with. Classes run from 8-1 with a 20-minute break with a snack of Mandazi, a Kenyan sweet similar to doughnuts. The teacher lectures and students copy and memorize notes for exams, as there are very few textbooks available. The students sit in very crowded hot corrugated metal classrooms, 3-4 to a desk and when someone needs to exit they have to climb over all the desks to reach the door. 1:00 to 1:30 is lunch of mixed beans, maize (corn) and lots of ugali (thick maize porridge). During times of food shortages they eat the same menu every day. 1:30-4:00 classes are held as well as group discussions and individual study.

4:00-5:00 is activity time, debating, sports, agriculture, music-club (voice and individual instrument instruction). Between 5-6 is personal time, laundry, personal ablutions, hanging out with friends or more music lessons.

6-6:30 is supper time with same menu as noon. The school gathers for prayers with a great deal of singing from 6:30-7:00. Students study and review their lessons from 7:30-9:30. After this they have free time from 9:00-10:00 which they spend planning activities and preparing for next day. Bedtime is at 10:00

This busy schedule keeps the students meaningfully engaged and develops a strong work ethic.

September Report

From Form Four Class.

“We are happy for the great transformation we have received from the school and will forever be grateful to Brother Kennedy for giving us a second chance in life.”

It is with much joy in our hearts that we the St.Charles Lwanga fraternity wish to express our gratitude to Chalice foundation and Inverness County Cares for their continued support especially in the facilitation of the renovation of the classrooms. The classes are spacious and well ventilated giving the teachers ample time to monitor each and every student’s learning. Joy is all over the students’ faces as they can now sit comfortably in class on new desks and with a well cemented floor giving them maximum concentration in their studies The classrooms have given the centre a new look and hope to the students for a brighter tomorrow.

Early Christmas and end of the year mass celebration

This week has being a very wonderful week for the children as the school organized an early Christmas and end of the year mass. This was a great moment of shared joy for the children, Brother Kennedy, staff members and guardians of the children. A special prayer crowned the day for the Form Four when they received examination materials in readiness for the final examination. The students were very grateful to Brother Kennedy for his fatherly love, care and for giving them an opportunity to realize their potential in different fields. The students promised to give the best results as a sign of appreciation to Brother Kennedy, for his selfless heart helping the needy and for the transformation they have experienced at the Centre. Bravo Brother Kennedy.

Distributions of books and other stationary

Early in the week Brother Kennedy and the staff members issued students with books, pens and other stationary in readiness for their studies. The students could not hide the happiness and joy in their hearts as they received the books. “ Long live Brother Kennedy, St. Charles Lwanga is a home for us,” the students sang as they received books from brother Kennedy and the staff members.

Feeding program

Brother Kennedy did a mega budget for the feeding program at the Centre; this was to ensure that there will be plenty of food in the storeroom. The students were very grateful to Brother Kennedy for this, as most of them used to go hungry for days, back with their families.


The school has continuously promoted good hygiene to both boys and girls through frequently emptying their latrines. This is done to promote good sanitation and that the students study and live in a healthy environment. To sum it all, we are very grateful to Brother Kennedy, Chalice foundation, Inverness County Cares and friends and all the benefactors for their timely and continued supporting in ensuring the smooth running of the school programs.

Thank you


Happy to be Back Home

We are happy to be back at school after a short holiday while our country was conducting the general elections. During that time were living with our guardians and families of good will who agreed to offer us some shelter. Happiness is all over our faces as we are back to school and as we received a warm welcome from Brother Kennedy and the staff members who issued us with books, pens, toiletries and other personal items in preparation to learn. There was a sign of relief on the faces of most of us as were not sure about coming back to school due to the tension in the slum areas of Kibera and Mathare. There were post-election protests and the only sounds we could hear were those of gunshots. We are happy that our country is now calm and most people are back to their normal duties.


My name is James Ndungu (photo above). I am 14 years old, a student in the form one class and very excited to be back to school after the tense elections. I am the third born in a family of five siblings where my mother is the sole breadwinner of the family. My mother always struggles to provide for our basic needs as she has no permanent job. I have one leg which is impaired and this makes me feel neglected and left out as other children play. I am happy at St. Charles Lwanga School as the children here accept me the way I am and I am able to play and share with the other children. I am also grateful to Brother Kennedy and all the school benefactors for giving me a chance to study, have access to food, shelter and medical care which my family can hardly afford. I aspire to be a doctor to reach out all children with special needs and disability like me and provide medical assistance to them. I have learnt to be grateful in all things and in all situations, God bless St. Charles Lwanga, Inverness County and Chalice Foundation for supporting us. Thanks

Alice Kwamboka (photo above)  is a sixteen-year-old girl schooling at St. Charles Lwanga Children Centre Secondary School in form two (grade 10). She is a well-behaved, disciplined girl who is an average student and suffers from rheumatic heart disease, which affects her studies and she help to undergo surgery. This condition has really affected her studies and her health for a very long time since the year 2013. When she was still in primary school this caused her to stay at home instead of being in school. When her symptoms are extreme it happens that her body swells making her unable to move, she experiences back pains and severe chest pains, which are unbearable. Alice has one parent called Jackline Mokeira who is a single mother and has a spinal cord problem, which makes it hard for her to work and sustain the family. Alice is a second born child in a family of four. The eldest sibling is 19 years old, the third born are twins aged 14 years both in class 8. Alice lives with her elderly grandmother in a single roomed house in Ruai area. She is working hard to achieve her dream of being a surgeon to help treat people with similar conditions as her. She is urging all well wishers to help her undergo an operation to correct the situation so that she can proceed well with her studies and help the family in future. For a more detailed report on her situation

contact Br Kennedy

or Inverness County Cares

We are grateful to Brother Kennedy, Inverness County Cares and the Chalice Foundation for their continued and timely support towards our school.

Important Fundraising Event for St Charles Lwanga School

Sunday August 6th, (10AM until 9 PM) Inverness County Cares (ICC) hosted their 4th annual pizza sale at 209, Main Street, Port Hood, in aid of the St Charles Lwanga Secondary School in Nairobi, Kenya.

A sincere thank you, to Ted and Hermina Van Zutphen who opened their beautiful home to Inverness County Cares for our pizza sale. Both Ted and Hermina have worked tirelessly to make this happen. Ted stood at the pizza oven for hours in the rain and had to change his clothes 3 times. Hermina worked many hours organizing the purchase of supplies and set up of the working area and workers. A very special thank you to Ted and Hermina who also donate all the supplies needed for the pizzas….for four years.

Thank you to our regular ICC members and our auxiliary members who show up when we need a powerful workforce. Approximately 40 people came out to help despite the fact August 6 was part of the Port Hood Chestico Days festival. All ages gladly participated and gave their time to ensure St Charles Lwanga Secondary School children have access to food, shelter and education.

A big thank you to the Bank of Nova Scotia for their sponsorship. We certainly appreciate the donation. Thank you to the Hawk Radio and our newspapers The Inverness Oran, The Port Hawkesbury Reporter and the Cape Breton Post who so generously share our story and provided publicity. Thank you to the Clove Hitch Restaurant and Bistro for their support during crust making which was so crucial and made the process much more efficient.

Thank you to our local people…and those far away, who bought pizzas and donated money to our cause. We appreciate your support so very much.

This event has proven to be a major fundraiser in the campaign to support the school. Despite the heavy rain, cancellation of the boat parade and fireworks (events which bring people in) the sale was very successful. ICC members and supporters are breathing a sigh of relief but are experiencing a high thinking of all that was accomplished.

Preparation for this event began about a month in advance. The process involved the recruiting of workers, calculating and ordering of ingredients, preparing schedules and reviewing notes and information on last year’s event. The crusts were prepared in advance, by a crew of a dozen workers. For the three previous years Hermina and Ted Van Zutphen’s kitchen was taken over by workers mixing, weighing, rolling, shaping and pre-cooking the crusts. This year the Clove Hitch Restaurant offered use of their kitchen, so from 5:30 AM to 11:30AM the restaurant kitchen was taken over by ICC workers. The two restaurant ovens and a great working space enabled ICC workers to produce 337 crusts. On Pizza day a multitude of volunteers descended on the spacious kitchen of Ted and Hermina Van Zutphen. Producing over 300 pizzas in a day takes many hands. Early morning the choppers and graters prepared the cheese and toppings. By 9:30 the large dining room table was transformed into a production line where prepared ingredients were applied to the crusts according to recipe. Central to all the activity was the large outdoor wood-fired brick pizza oven built by Alan MacIsaac. It can reach temperatures of 800C and quickly cooked the four varieties of pizza.

When the flour dust settled in the late evening of Pizza day, a very tired group of happy workers celebrated their relationship with this very basic school, while they think about three hundred hopeful children who are provided with an education, their only way to break the cycle of poverty. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

1- Bonnie Boulton, Susan Campbell, Leeanne, Kevin, Flo Campbell. chopping veggies for pizza

2-Cooking in the rain- Ted Van Zutphen, Jonathan, Mira Campbell, Sam Moran

3-Elaine Rankin, Sara Campbell, Eileen Smith, Winnie Rankin.

4-Irene Dacey, Kati Van Zutphen, Susan Campbell, Susan Moran.

5- Happy customer, Phyllis MacDonald

6-Susan Moran, Irene Dacey, Karen Wager, Kati Van Zutphen.

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