Developments in Kiio
Sr. Catherine Mulligan DC
The 4th January 2022, was an eagerly awaited day for the staff and sisters in Kiio, Kitui County, Kenya. On this day, special to the Daughters of Charity as the Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, a small centre opened in Kiio for children with special needs. We welcomed 18 children, between the ages of 4 and 12 years, accompanied by their mothers, for the first day at St. Louise’s Centre.
The children were so excited and descended on the toys and playthings arranged around the room, intent, it seemed, on finding whatever made the most noise, bugles, toy guitars, you name it. In no time it was hard to hear oneself think!! The day unfolded with games indoor, and fun outdoor on swings, merry go round and slides. Motor rides to and from the centre and breakfast and lunch during the day. Each child also got two tracksuit uniforms replete with logos. Some of the children appreciated they were going to school like their brothers and sisters.
Today is their second day at St. Louise’s, without their Mums, but that didn’t seem to bother them at all. So we look forward to the months and years ahead as this small Centre grows. It is also a big benefit to the mothers who can now do other work or participate in training opportunities the sisters have planned, to help develop their skills. We are happy to share this small effort with the wider Vincentian Family, as each in their own way reach out with services for people in need.