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Choosing our leaders: Assistants and Core Members experiences (2 of 2)

VOTING IN OUR LEADERS  (GATHONI AND JOAN)

Before voting

Gathoni (a core member) was well prepared for the elections and was very eager to vote. She was well aware of the assistant supporting her and she kept saying it especially when asked. At some point she was even convinced that she is voting for me (the one supporting her) but she later understood that the assistant was only for support.

The night before we spent the night in Betania so as to be near our polling station and this further increased the excitement since she was able to understand that it’s just a night between her and voting.

In the morning she was up early and ready for voting. On our way to the polling station she kept asking about the other core-members, where they are and if they are voting too. She seemed really concerned and wanted all of them to vote.

Choosing our leaders: Assistants and Core Members experiences (1 of 2)

RESPECTING THE OTHER ( PAUL AND MAURICE).

8th of August 2017 was the date set for Kenya’s General Elections and I had the great  privilege of assisting Paul Nderitu, one of our core members, to execute his constitutional right of determining who would be the new set of Kenya’s political leaders both at the national and county levels through secret ballot.

After months of rigorous campaigns by the various candidates and preparations of the core members about the process through the help of assistants and officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission who were very kind to us, one could only imagine how ready Paul and I were for this event.

My home coming

My home coming

My name is Christopher.  I am 32years old.  I have down’s syndrome.  I am very excited because this weekend I will be visiting my father from my community of L’Arche Kenya.  I will go all by myself.  I will also take home for my father, a packet of sugar and a loaf of bread.  I am sure he will be very happy to see me. I will also meet so many of my old friends. 

Before I joined L’Arche Kenya I lived with my father in the village 65km away from Nyahururu.  I had many friends. I liked to visit them a lot.  So much so that some of them took advantage of me.  They asked me to work for them for less than justified pay.  I also used to stay out until late in the night and my father had trouble keeping track of me.  He was always worried for my safety when I came home late.  He was never sure whether I had enough to eat. 

 

L'Arche Family Day 2015

L’Arche Family Day 2015

By Peter Mwangi

This year, L’Arche Kenya joined other communities in the world in celebrating the L’Arche Family Day. The theme of this year and the guideline provided by the Federation on ”forgiveness and reconciliation” was found very useful and opportune.

Though we were not able to celebrate on the 3rd of October, we decided to spread the message throughout the whole month. Each week we celebrated mass and reflected on a chapter of the guideline.

Seven graduates of L'Arche Kenya

By Peter Mwangi

In life, human beings achieve many milestones. They mark the highlights of the journey of our lives. For seven of L’Arche Kenya members, one more marker was put in place on 20th July 2015. They all graduated. Some with educational qualifications and others with other equally important moves in life.

Three of our volunteer assistants graduated from the University while four core members who have moved from our mainstream occupational therapy workshops to much more independent ones also graduated. The graduates are Christopher Muhoro, Hannah Gathoni, Susan Waguthi, and Alex Kamale all moving to more independent occupational therapy workshops and Jacob Chege, Isaac Mungai and Milka Wanjiru all from Kenyatta University.

From L-R Hannah, Susan, Chris, Isaac, Milka, Jacob and AlexThere is no celebration without cake.

Graduates take photos with their colleagues