Last Fall, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the construction of a new dining hall and kitchen at St. Xavier High School in Bungoma, Kenya. So far there is a wonderful progress on these facilities despite a few challenges, some caused by heavy rains.
“To say we are thrilled would be an understatement,” stated Brother Dan Ssenyomo. “Students are amazed at the progress and love it when the men working allow them to help dispense additional dirt by helping to guide the wheelbarrows across campus. Taking ownership of their dining hall allows the students to feel invested in its progress. We like to refer back to the phrase, ‘It takes a village’ when we think of the work going into the new dining facility, because without the continued contributions from donors like you and the support and hard work provided from the local members of our community this endeavor would continue to be just a dream.”
Architects Mr. Kimiti and his construction team joined in the ceremony with enthusiastic attendees exhilarated by what this will mean for not only the Xaverian Brothers and other stake holders, but also for the community at large.
“The dream of having a kitchen and dining hall here that can serve everyone has been a long time coming, we are really happy with all of the support we have received and continue to receive to get here,” said Brother Daniel Ongeso, Kenyan regional coordinator.
As 2022 begins and every stone is put in place, Brother Dan Ssenyomo becomes more confident that students will continue to have the opportunity to eat their meals in a place free of dirt and dust and one in which they will be dry during the rainy season.
“We are sure that everyone can look back on their time at school and remember the joy in sharing stories and spending time with classmates in the cafeteria,” he said. “Our students are no different. They continue to thrive at school, and we have you to thank for that. Academically, our classrooms are filled with inquisitive and engaged students who love to learn about the world and continue to impress us with their questions and enthusiasm for learning.”
None of this would be possible without the longstanding commitment and support from our Associates, Partners in Mission, collaborators, and the generosity from donors.