Sunday, December 19, 2010


Hallo all of you!!!!! "This is from Migombani, in Mombasa, Kenya"

Well, it has been quite some time since we communicated with you.

First, I would like to take this opportunity to honour our Heavenly
Father for the gift of time, and each and every second of life that
'HE' gives All of us its sure precious and profound.

We the Migombani Christians thank the LORD for you all Irish people and especially those who shared their precious time and resources in making the Polytechnic what it is today.

Particularly, we recognise your exemplary executive team who work tirelessly to make your dreams of assisting the needy in Africa come true.
A BIG THANK YOU, to you all, you are all great people with good hearts, you mean so much to us.

Now, I believe many of you have been wondering what became of the polytechnic that you generously build for us. All has been well and we have worked tirelessly in conjunction with our Parish Priests Fr. Sean, Fr. Fred and of course the overall Fr. Martin Keane. I want to break the ice by informing you that, the Principal is in place at the Polytechnic and he is doing a fantastic job with 30 students now training for Information Technology (I.T) it is so wonderful that it is all systems go studying computers at the Polytechnic.

Currently, we are recruiting a qualified Tailoring/Dress making
Instructor / Teacher and we have received a few applications. We have
Done many adverts for same and it is our hope that, the tailoring
(Diploma course) kicks up after Christmas holidays because of the many
Students who are enquiring on the start date for Tailoring/Dress making course. The plan is that, when the tailoring students are in place, they will
Start by preparing the order sheets, mattress covers and school uniforms for the school for the blind. It will be a very busy time for all those who will be involved. This really lifts out spirits to remember that were it not for your generosity towards the Migombani Community at large, this could not have happened. I feel obliged to say once again THANKS A MILLION DEAR FRIENDS.

After that brief note, it is our sincere hope and prayer that the
LORD ALMIGHTY will continue being faithful to all of you and will enable you to come back for your second PROJECT at the school for the blind. Can’t wait to see you all once again! The re-union will definitely have a good impact because this time round most of us will meet some familiar faces.
God bless you very much and more so May the LORD bless the work of your hands.

On behalf of Migombani Christians,

Lucy Mwaura

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Photo Exhibition Dunnes Stores Mall, Ennis, Co Clare

A very successful photo exhibition was held in Ennis on 26th. and 27th. August, 2010. We were privileged to have home with us in Co Clare Leon our photographer from South Africia and he attended the exhibition and met many of the volunteers who took part in the 2010 project in Mombasa. We also brought the exhibition to Lissycasey church where again many of the volunteers and locals turned up to show their support. Fr. Martin who is currently home on holidays at this time celebrated Mass and met the local volunteers from Lissycasey. The exhibition gave the people of Clare an opportunity to see at first hand the work of the volunteers and view photos of the completed building in Migombani. The final leg of the exhibition will be in Fr. Martin's home parish of Cranny, Co. Clare on Sunday, 5th. September where Fr. Martin will again celebrate Mass in his home parish and get an opportunity to meet with the Cranny volunteers.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Thank You from Migombani

Hallo people of Ireland,
How have all of you been doing since you left Migombani - Mombasa, Kenya?
I hope and believe that all of you have been well and that you didn't have any problem body-wise for the hard work you did in Migombani.
Anyway, we have been out of communication but I want to break the silence, by saying that we were very grateful for your sacrifice in building the wonderful Polytechnic for us.

To be sincere, this Polytechnic will always remind us of your kindness and generosity to the needy, you really built a lot of HOPE in so many people, in kiswahili we say:- "Mulinjenga Matumeini kwa watu wengi". In deed, the community and people of Migombani can not find a better word to express their appreciation for your sacrifice. All we can say and do is to continue praying for you people of Ireland, that our HEAVENLY FATHER, may open the gates of blessings to you so that you may continue with the good work of helping the needy.

Surely, we cannot forget to send special thanks to your humbled Bishop Willy, Fr. John, Jim, Dr. Rory, Maureen, Ann and of course the Project Co-odinator Madam Olive to mention but a few. All in all, you are just wonderful people humbled like your Bishop Willy, and you do not know how much we miss you.

The Polytechnic has been rather quiet with Mr. Mwangi doing a few chores here and there. When we look at our Nursery school Kids, they are very confortable all because of you, they have mosquito nets on the windows, fans in classes, not forgetting the painting- with this we ask the good "LORD" to remember all of you in a big and special way, blessings in abundance.

We hope to keep in touch and even long to see you again. We love and miss you and hope the "BOND" created between you and us will last for ever and ever. May be I will get a few email addresses of the project commettee members so that you can chat..
For now I have Simon Sunguri's email which is :-[] Lucy's is:- []
Bye for now
Lucy Mwaura

Easter Message

Sisters and Brothers,

My warmest greetings and good wishes to each of you from Mombasa, Kenya. As I write this I can picture so many faces of you the volunteers who came to Mombasa with the Building of Hope in January/February this year. As I conjure up so many memories I also warmly remember the thousands of supporters for the Volunteers and the project who gave us so much help. It was just an unbelievable experience for so many.

“We plant seeds that one day will grow

We water seeds already planted

Knowing that they hold future promise

We cannot do everything .... This enables us to do something and do it very well ..

We may never see the end results.....but we are prophets of a future not our own”

This is part of a prayer by Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador written a short time before he was assassinated 30 years ago for his stand on justice and human rights.

Those who came and the many who supported them must know that in the above quoted prayer you are prophets of a future not yours but for sure a future for our many young people. You have brought the parish of Migombani and the young people a bright new Easter help them rise from their poverty to a new life of Hope.

As I most sincerely thank each and every one of you who came to Mombasa and the many many supporters, parishes, and of course the leaders of the Building of Hope: - our good and dear Bishop Willie, Olive Halpin, James Lynch, Maureen McCarthy, Ann McGrath and Dr. Rory O’Keeffe,and Dr Tony Cox. I wish each of you the Peace and Joy of Easter. Be happy knowing you have done a wonderful work never to be forgotten. You have truly made “the kingdom” (of God) present for so many.

Go raibh mile mile maith agaibh...............................Asanteni sana

Fr Martin Keane