Celebration of St. Al’s Day
On the June 25th 2017, the community of St. Al’s commemorated the patron saint day – St. Al’s Day. The day was full of activities with the occasion being graced by people from all walks of lives -students, staff, parents, pilgrims from the US, Regis High school students and friends of the school. The day began with Eucharistic celebration co-presided over by co-founder and school chaplain, Fr. Terry Charlton and Fr. Dan O’Hare, a Jesuit from New York. During the celebration, a number of students received the sacrament of baptism as a way of beginning a new spiritual journey. Teachers and students who made 2016 a successful year both in academic and extra-curriculum spheres were also recognized and awarded. This took into account their desirable and relentless contributions to the ever-growing glittering prospects of St. Al’s as a center of excellence. Students crowned the beautiful day by providing entertainment throughout the celebrations with various skits including poems, songs, dances and acrobatic moves. This also highlighted the cardinal values that the school instills in nurturing various talents among the students. Long live St. Al’s.
The Chief Guest of the day was a serving senator and long-time friend of the school, Senator Beatrice Elachi. She challenged the students not to take for granted the support they receive from good friends abroad. Instead, she encouraged them to make a positive change in their lives
as a way of showing gratitude. Hopefully, she noted, this olive branch will someday be reciprocated by the beneficiaries through creation of a local network of support as way of giving hope to other needy cases in the society.
While noting the tremendous strides made by the school since its inception in 2004 in the heart of Kibera slums, the school chaplain thanked all the benefactors and friends who have steadfastly stood with the school date. In the same measure, he pointed out that there is still work to be done in order to realize the ultimate dream of the school of providing wholitic education in a caring and conducive environment. Key among these would include the construction of dormitory campus to save the students the painstaking process of walking to and fro Kibera every day. More importantly and due to growth witnessed in the school, it was also announced that fundraising responsibilities for the school were being transitioned from
Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus to School Of Hope Foundation whose board is already instituted. This, it was pointed out, will enable the school to become independent in its fundraising activities in the US. The aforementioned transition was slated to be effective from July 2017. School of Hope Foundation is based in the US and will oversee all the fundraising activities on behalf St. Al’s.
We take this opportunity to thank everyone who made this day a success through prayers and contribution. We remain true to the call of giving hope to young men and women from Kibera and its environs. We continue to appeal for your prayers and support towards this mission.