It was with deep sadness that the Mary Rice Centre community learnt of the passing of much loved student Peter Akoyo. His earthly journey has ended suddenly and he has now embarked on the soul’s new journey which is the reality for every human being. .
Peter joined Mary Rice Centre in 2011 on the request of his father who in turn offered his services to the centre as a security guard under PADA security firm. Peter successfully went through assessments as required to determine his eligibility to benefit from the available centre’s services and was admitted.
Before joining the Centre he could experience frequent convulsions due to his epileptic condition. Through the dedicated effort of Ann Wanjugu (teacher), James Nayere (occupational therapist) and myself who was by then the centre’s coordinator, Peter was able to go through basic social skills training and to access medication which effectively helped manage his condition. After sometime at the centre, Peter began to demonstrate immense improvement in his interactive skills, self care activities and he developed a great sense of self confidence. This was a great joy for all involved in his care.
Peter was a respectful, cheerful, receptive, industrious and friendly young man. His friendliness was clearly visible in the way he would welcome visitors, his fellow students as well staff to the centre. It is because of his hard work and ability to learn that the Mary Rice Centre under the new management of Gerald Mgalula managed to secure him a place at St Kizito Vocation Training Centre where until his passing he was undertaking carpentry training.
We are grieved, but consoled that Peter went to sleep that night because his body had served its purpose, his soul had done what it came to do, learned what it came to learn, and then was free to leave. May his soul rest in peace until we meet again in eternity.
His Journeys Just Begun
Don’t think of him as gone away his journey’s just begun, life holds so many facets this earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting from the sorrows and the tears in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years.
Think how he must be wishing that we could know today
How nothing but our sadness can really pass away.
And think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched… for nothing loved is ever lost and he was loved so much.
John Paul Oluoch