Bishop Kibobi's Visit - Summer 2009
Royal Russell School and the charity World Wide Silver Lining were simply delighted recently when Bishop Jeremiah Kibobi from Nairobi, joined them in England for three weeks.
Bishop Kibobi is the Principle of Magnet High School and the associated orphanage Jehovah Jireh, whom both organisations have been working closely with over the past five years.
This visit enabled Bishop Kibobi not only to drop in on old friends but to also establish new links with schools and churches in the South East of England. Raising the profile of his school and trying to get further assistance from the UK is a very necessary part of his job and means a better future for all the 400 plus children in his school.
Royal Russell School have taken several expeditions to Magnet High School in Nairobi and are delighted to have raised several thousand pounds to date, to help with everything from establishing a clean water supply to building a chicken coup! Which became aptly named ‘Russell Chicken House’.
During one of their first visits to Nairobi the teachers and children from Royal Russell encountered desperate poverty and difficulties getting around due to the poor infrastructure. Now with the donations and work they have put in to Magnet High, things are starting to change for the better and Bishop Kibobi is so very grateful.
During his recent visit to Royal Russell the Bishop and his wife enjoyed sitting in on lessons and taking part in daily school activities. But most importantly he simply wanted to meet more of the pupils and staff at Royal Russell who have all contributed in some way to the huge changes he has been able to implement at Magnet High and tell them personally about the fantastic changes their donations make. He spoke of guttering and a well that makes life so much more pleasant, meaning they can make use of all precious water with no wastage. Staff quarters are being built, proper washrooms installed and wonderfully now all the children have their own bed. Future donations will help with completing a dining hall/assembly room, so that pupils do not have to eat outside in the extremely hot or rainy weather.
However, it seems there will always be one very major difference between Royal Russell School and Magnet High, they begin their school day at 4:30am something the Croydon pupils will not be voting for!
To end the Bishops visit the school held an Ascension Communion Service and concert. Thanking the Bishop for the rich experiences all those who have been on expedition to Magnet High have been able to take away with them, which are worth so much more than money alone could buy. The school also pledged to continue their work and friendship with Magnet High School and Jehovah Jireh orphanage.