Kenya: A joyous ceremony for St. Luke’s School
St. Luke's Special School for handicapped children was officially inaugurated on 15 January 2014, in an eagerly awaited ceremony marked with joy and emotion for both the private schools in Geneva and the community of Kakemer, in Teso North District.
Some 50 children, wearing Don du Chœur T shirts, formed a guard of honour for the dignitaries and officials arriving to take part in the ceremony, which was especially graced by the presence of the local Senator and Member of the National Assembly, as well as the District Education Officer.
More than 100 people attended the ceremony. Some had travelled from Nairobi the day before, while the Don du Chœur delegation had arrived earlier in the week. They watched as the Kenyan flag was solemnly raised for the first time in front of the school. Official speeches were punctuated by the children's songs and dances. Our local partner, Community Outreach Centre, had some touching words to say before leaving the floor to Jean-Claude Brès, the Don du Chœur project leader.
This wonderful day was placed under the patronage of H.E. Jacques Pitteloud, Switzerland's Ambassador to Kenya, whose message was read by Michel Firmenich, of Don du Chœur. The ambassador was symbolically presented with a goat, which has remained at St. Luke's to welcome the 45 handicapped children when classes open on 20 January 2014.
DDC's Catherine Firmenich came away impressed by this great day. "During the two days following the inauguration", she said, "26 handicapped children – who up to then had remained at home, out of sight – were registered for school. The speeches had a great impact on the community and this in itself is a great reward."