Mary Rice children and Staff were given a rare opportunity to visit Rock City, a venue of the picnic, where everyone, especially the children, enjoyed this trip out of the city. This was a fun-filled day that took place just before the Centre closes for the August holiday.
At Rock city, the children were treated to fun-filled games: boat rides; Toddlers’ Splash (an inflatable toddler swimming pool with a slide); swings; a merry go-round; and a motor-cycle track. Amazingly, some of the children knew how to swim better than the staff!
The food was very good and plentiful. The children expressed their excitement and happiness on this trip by asking that the next trip should come sooner!
The staff too were very happy and excited that everything had went according to plan and that every child returned home feeling happy.
To the supporters of Mary Rice Centre, we thank you for the continued support and more specifically for supporting this trip, which was so beneficial to the children in many aspects.
The afternoon of Monday June 8 witnessed a beehive of activities to welcome the Australian High Commissioner to Kenya, His Excellency Mr John Feakes who made an informal visit with his family to the Mary Rice Centre.
Parents and members of staff together with the pupils, joined hands to welcome our special guests, showing their appreciation by singing songs of praise to God the Almighty.
The Area Chief also graced the occasion together with other visitors from the locality.
In his speech, His Excellency the High Commissioner expressed how humbled he was to witness the great work that Mary Rice staff are doing in serving the needy children. He thanked them for their generosity and commitment in their service of the children and their families for the warm welcome extended to him and his family.
His Excellency commented that the experience of visiting Mary Rice is an eye opener for him. The High Commissioner also visited some of the homes in Kibera slum from where some of the children at Mary Rice live. In a very moving testimony, a parent of a child of Mary Rice explained how his daughter who is handicapped and was not able to stand up on her own is now able to walk. He thanked the donors in Australia who have made this possible.
In his farewell, the High Commissioner promised to pay another visit to the Centre in the not too distant future.
As members of Mary Rice, we thank God for the wonderful gift of friends.
Last year, Mary Rice Centre purchased a nearby house to be used for programs which help parents of children with disabilities develop income-generating activities. It is named Virgilian House in recognition of the support of the St Virgil’s College community in Hobart.
For over a year, the Centre has been harassed by another agency over its right to use this house. This controversy reached serious dimension recently when some local youths demolished the wall of Virgilian House. The neighbour eventually put up a gate and locked it, blocking access to the house.
Br Gerald Mgalula, Director of Mary Rice Centre, has had countless visits to the various Government offices seeking help so that the parents of children of the Mary Rice Centre can continue uninterrupted with their income-generating activities.
His unrelenting efforts finally resulted in success. On Friday June 5, Nairobi County Chief of Staff George Wainaina, flanked by Joash Olum (Member of Parliament –Langata), Alex Otieno (Member of County Assembly), Richard Juma (Chief of Mugumoini Location) and about one hundred parents and friends of Mary Rice Centre, gathered at the site on which Virgilian House is situated to have the stand-off between the owner of the Good Heart Foundation and the Centre resolved.
The Chief of Staff, after inspecting the grounds, promised that on Monday June 8 the County Surveyor would come and divide the property into two and give occupancy licenses to the Good Heart Foundation and the Mary Rice Centre respectively.
This outcomes is a great relief to parents, staff, and all those who are interested in the wellbeing of the Mary Rice Centre. The leaders who visited were moved by the great ministry that Mary Rice is rendering to the disadvantaged children and expressed their disappointment with anyone who is blocking this service delivery to the underprivileged of our society.
L–‐R Joash Olum (MP Langata), George Wainaina (Chief of Staff Nairobi County, Alex Otieno (Member of County Assembly) with parents and friends of the Mary Rice community.
An unfortunate incident happened this week in which the youth of
Kibera, after being incited demolished the perimeter wall of the
Vigilian house. The house is used for income generating activities by
parents of Mary Rice Children. Gerald Mgalula, the Director of Mary
Rice, is making follow-ups with the authorities to resolve the situation.
The visit from Goethe institute will never be forgotten at the Mary Rice centre. The memories that the Goethe Institute marked in us will not be forgotten with the children, parents and the staff of the Mary Rice. About 100 young and energetic youth surprised us greatly carrying a bag of rice, maize among other things that they donated to the Centre. Goethe institute is a non -profit German cultural association which is promoting the study of the German language abroad and encouraging international cultural exchange and relations among student from different parts of the world.
The students were fully prepared for all the activities of the day, to start off they divided themselves into three groups, one which was in charge of cleaning, the second was to do the cooking and the rest of the group which was in a large number was to interact and play with the children. The group did a splendid job and everything went a planned.
Children and parents activities participated and mingled freely with the visitors. The various activities helped the children to express themselves and show case different talents and gifts thus enhancing their social interaction skills and boost their confidence.
Thy brought a number of goods for the children ranging from food staff, pampers, detergents, clothing, fruits and many more. This was a good gesture and we at the Mary Rice very happy and grateful for all they did for us.
On February 27 St Virgil’s College opened and blessed its new canteen amphitheatre on its Austins Ferry campus in Hobart, Australia. A defining feature of the amphitheatre is a large artwork which highlights the College’s ‘strategic star’ and its link to the Edmund Rice Education Charter and the Archbishop’s Charter for Catholic education.
Featured under the heading of ‘Leadership’ is a picture of Mary Rice Centre Director Br Gerald Mgalula and St Virgil’s Principal Mr Damian Messer. The photo was taken at the Centre last year when Mr Messer visited as part of the Carrigg Karibu program.
The artwork is a daily reminder of the strong link between St Virgil’s College and the Mary Rice Centre students and their community.
Ten of children have exhibited great improvement in social skills and independence in activities of daily living such the ability to feed them and attained toilet training, who have been with us for a period of three years for most of them. The Centre has been able to facilitate their transition to special schools and Vocational Schools.
Among the children who successfully moved to another stage were Racheal, Vincent, Caroline and Donald who joined Nile road special school. Victor and Mary joined Marianne Vocational Training Centre for mentally handicapped where they will be trained on bead work and tailoring. David and Denis have joined Special School for physical handicapped. Sheila and Titus joined the school for the deaf. Erick has joined mainstream school.
We acknowledge the financial support from Edmund Rice Schools in Australia and Ireland through the Edmund Rice Foundation Australia and Edmund Rice Development we have been able to facilitate the transition of the children successfully.
Today was a wonderful day for Mary Rice Centre, it was one of those unexpected thing that we never saw them coming and this time we can admit that this one of those few miracles that came to be after a long time. For such a long time we have been wishing and searching for a way that we could engage our neighbours and other people in our surrounding to support us in one way or another but that has not been possible until today when we were visited by Cleanshef Supermarket.
This is the first local supermarket that has visited the Centre and extended their support to us. We did not expect their coming so this was a big surprise to all of us both the children, parents and staff of Mary Rice Centre; along with them they brought food packages and many other things for the children from their supermarket, this was a wonderful gesture.
It is not what they brought that made the day important but just that they took their time from their own occupation and duties to come and see and spend time with us and the children at the Centre. We were very touched and happy for this act of kindness that they showed us today, this will remain in our memories be very much treasured and appreciated for it is one in a million.
it is with great sadness that we announce the accident of one of our child to our followers, friend, sponsor and well wisher and the rest of the Mary Rice family, .the year ended yet with another tragedy at the centre, one of the children at the centre called Purity Achieng was in involved in a train accident that happen yesterday evening in kibera slum after she went missing from her home only to be found today 31th morning in the kenyattaNational hospital.
Purity lost both her legs and one of her arm which were amputated following the accident.
Purity is the girl right in the middle of the photo.
Today at the centre was such an inspiring day, we may have gone through tough challenges for the last few day but God had a better plan for us. we were visited by safaricom senior manager Nora Mbaya and Benard from M-pesa department today who wishes to support the centre, this was surely a big blessing to the centre and the children.
we were very happy that they wished to support the children in their own best way.