INVERNESS COUNTY CARES: School takes care of former student

St. Charles Lwanga Secondary School and Children’s Centre is located in Nairobi, Kenya.

The school is supported by Inverness County Cares (ICC), an Inverness County-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.

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Thomas Day teaches sustainable farming methods to community members.

This month we will focus on an agriculture worker at the school. Thomas Day was a student leader (head boy) at St. Charles Lwanga School who demonstrated great potential. Shortly after graduation from 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 seven-year-old brother who lives with him.

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In 2014 Brother Kennedy hired Thomas to take care of the school grounds and garden. 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 Day is pictured planting trees.

Thomas’ life and prospects brightened when he became involved in a Kenyan program instituted by the University of Vermont. Here he was trained in a program which will lead the St. Charles Lwanga School and other affiliated schools, toward sustainable agriculture.

This learning opportunity is called permaculture and is described as “the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.”

He is presently traveling to the area of the proposed new St. Charles Lwanga School where he is sharing his knowledge and agricultural skills with the residents of Rodi, a community near Homa Bay and Lake Victoria. He is educating the children and adults of these districts and is working with them to build garden plots for vegetables.

Pictured is Thomas Day with an agricultural class from the St. Charles Lwanga Secondary School.

This coming January, representatives of the University of Vermont will work with him to expand his learning and involve more local people and students in this opportunity to provide a basis for sustainable agriculture.

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.

Thomas Day uses a shovel to demonstrate proper farming techniques.

For more information, go to: http://lwangachildren.com/ and http://invernesscountycares.com/. St. Charles Lwanga School is always interested in volunteers wanting to work at the school. Contact numbers are available on our Web pages.