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Agriculture Mentoring

St Charles Lwanga Secondary School and Children’s Centre is located in Ruai, Nairobi Kenya. The school is supported by Inverness County Cares (ICC), an Inverness County, NS based volunteer group and Chalice Canada, an international aid group based in Halifax. The school is involved in educational partnerships with several international groups and they also receive assistance for essential needs from other global supporters.

This month we will focus on an agriculture worker at the school. Thomas was a student leader (head boy) at St Charles Lwanga School who demonstrated great potential. Shortly after graduation from Form 4 (Grade 12) he was hired at a factory and was advancing in his position. Unfortunately he was involved in a workplace accident, which resulted in the loss of the thumb and index finger on his right hand. He is from an impoverished family with no father present and his mother has passed away. He is responsible for the care of his 7-year old brother who lives with him. In 2014 school headmaster, Br Kennedy hired him to take care of the school grounds and garden and this provided him with enough money to rent a small room for himself and his brother and to pay his brother’s school tuition and personal needs.

Thomas’ life and prospects brightened when he became involved in a Kenyan program introduced by a Go Global, a Vermont non-profit partner of St Charles Lwanga and by the University of Vermont.  With their encouragement, he was trained in a program which will lead the St Charles Lwanga School and other affiliated schools, toward sustainable agriculture.

Thomas was introduced to permaculture by The Permaculture Institute- Kenya and trained in basics of permaculture in a two-week Permaculture Design Course.   He will continue to partner with Permaculture Institute-Kenya based in Nairobi.

Permaculture is defined as: the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems, which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Graham Bell, The Permaculture Way.  

He is presently traveling near the area of the proposed new St Charles Lwanga School where he is working with Mr Jeremiah ad sharing his knowledge and agricultural skills with the residents of Rodi a community near HomaBay and Lake Victoria. He is educating the children and adults of these communities and is working with them to build garden plots for vegetables. This coming January representatives of University of Vermont will work with him to expand his learning and involve more local people and students in this program. Thomas will provide agricultural leadership at the much anticipated, future St Charles Lwanga School. This new school will be located in a fertile agricultural area near Lake Victoria.

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St Charles Lwanga School is always interested in volunteers wanting to work at the school. Contact numbers are available on our webpages.

Thomas in the garden

Thomas watering newly planted trees

Thomas teaching

Community outreach

Thomas in brown shirt in center

 

Youth Workshop

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.

Hygiene

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

 

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