Friday the 11th of April 2014 is a day that will forever be engraved in our hearts. This is the day we saw a dream that we thought was farfetched come true. A dream school, which I can only describe as a magnificent beauty at the heart of Mukuru slum.vThe Friday event which was an official handover of the 24 classrooms was graced by Niall Mellon the CEO of Mellon Educate an affiliate of Niall Mellon Township Trust Ireland. Mr Mellon and a team of Mellon Educate Volunteers and supporters are the financiers of this grand project.
It was a colourful event full of song and dance and our pupils put their best leg forward with sizzling performances that entertained the young and the old in equal measure. The performances included dances, poems and the renowned acrobatics by the gymnastics group.
In his speech Mr. Mellon urged the pupils to work hard regardless of their circumstances and advised them to emulate the likes of Nelson Mandela. He said Mandela grew up in poor conditions worse than theirs but embraced education even when he was behind the bars and became the great hero he was. He also thanked Sr. Mary Killeen the founder of Ruben Centre for having a dream and making it a reality which has now become a source of hope for the Mukuru community. He as well thanked Christian Brothers for good leadership and management of the facility. After unveiling of the plaque and cutting of the ribbon Mr. Mellon had the pleasure of inviting all the pupils to view their new classes for the first time. Their excitement was beyond measure and some saw it as a big dream.
The new classes are immaculately done with floor tiles, white boards and beautiful colour scheme. They are spacious, well ventilated and well lit compared to the corrugated iron classrooms that are dark, hot or cold depending on the weather and overpopulated. These new classes will reduce class sizes which are currently at 90 pupils in some classes and least class with 75 pupils.
During the same day we had an honour of hosting the Nairobi county governor Dr. Evans Kidero who had come for a brief visit of the centre. He had come through invitation for the inauguration but could not stay due to other government official duties. However Mr Mellon had an opportunity to share with him for future partnerships and they both set 20th of May as the main inauguration day for the classes.