• 1975: The Bishop Mugendi Secondary School opens as a community school.
  • 1983: The Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Germany, contents to finance the construction of the St. Martin Youth Training Centre on Mfangano Island. The Provincial Council of Marist Brothers in Germany decides to start a mission station in Kenya.
  • 1984: On March 20th the Diocese of Kisii officially opens the St. Martin YTC. Hans-Walter Schwab becomes the manager. The Marist Brothers from Germany are entrusted with  the management  of the Bishop Mugendi Secondary School.
  • 1985: The first student hostel is built on Mfangano Island.
  • 1987: The first 4 candidates accomplish the Government Trade Test successfully for the St. Martin YTC. The health care centre opens in the Bishop Mugendi Secondary School in Roo.
  • 1990: The management is handed over from Hans-Walter Schwab to the Development of the Diocese of Kisii and within weeks the school is closing down. Bishop Mugendi and Msgr. Eberhard Muelbacher, the donor from Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart, turn to the Marist Brothers and ask them to take on the management of St. Martin Youth Training Centre.
  • 1991: On January 11th the management of St. Martin Youth Training Centre is officially entrusted to the Marist Brothers. Brother Hans Seubert becomes the successor of Hans-Walter Schwab.
  • 1995: St. Martin Youth Training Centre is officially endorsed as a Government Trade Test Centre (number 168)
  • 1996: The Primary School of Our Lady of Orore officially opens.
  • 1998: “Parents Day” is introduced, which is meant to increase the parents’ sense of involvement and co-responsibility.
  • 1999: The bishop Mugendi School now accepts  “day students”.
  • 2000: With the donation of funds from the Marist Brothers in the United States of America the school purchases 10 Olympia typewriters, 4 Font writers, and 10 sewing machines. This enables us to start courses in typing and dressmaking for our student. Brother Miguel Sanz, MIVA, Switzerland, donates a fiberglass boat to replace the local wooden boat. It was baptized “Tina-Celline”.
  • 2002: With the donation of a Massey Ferguson Tractor from SED, the Marist Brothers of Madrid in Spain, the school becomes much more than an education institution – a help to the community on Mfangano Island in large, like ploughing and handling transport of building materials and poles, cables and transformers which made the installation of electricity supply a lot more uncomplicated. The beginning of the “Monica” project in Roo for the widows in the local community. The Marist brothers teach them farming, so they manage to secure part of their livelihood.
  • 2003: On January 20th “Tina-Celline” sank in Lake Victoria. To day we thank God and the fishermen of Kibwogi Island that no life was lost. As soon as the news of the sunken boat reached the four corners of the Marist World, our Old Boys Association of St. Francis Xavier’s College, Hong, Kong, China, and the Marist Brothers’ College in Mindelheim, Germany, initiated a fundraising. The outcome was a new and bigger boat at a coast of Ksh 2.5 million. It is baptized Xavier – Celline after St. Francis Xavier and St. Marcellin.
    The year of 2003 was also the year we started our kindergarten and received invaluable numbers of donations from SED-teams, under leadership of our Spanish Marist Brothers. We owe them the founding and building of our school hall, toilets school and the local community houses for widows, as well as the school uniforms for the children. New physics lab in Roo. The first final year class in Our Lady of Orore undertakes the statutory examination with success. All off the students gain the Kenyan Certificate of Primary Education in the first time round. Without the K.C.P.E. a pupil is unable to attend secondary school.
  • 2004: Bishop Mugendi Secondary School ranks 2nd among the 20 secondary schools in the Suba district.

bishop mugendi

  • 2006: New emphasis is placed on teaching engine maintenance to staff and students. The Monterrey University in Mexico sends us 12 smart students, who are making a project about promoting human values, called “Africa Mission 2006”.
  • 2007: Our Lady of Orore opens the boarding section for girls.

  • 2008: Our Lady of Orore opens the boarding section for boys. These schools are great opportunities for the many AIDS-orphans to have a new start of life.The region on Lake Victoria suffers much damage from the tribal war in Kenya and the school start is delayed several weeks.
  • 2009: The school continues its efforts towards self sustainability . Each student is now welcome to cultivate as much land as he or she can handle to produce vegetables for their own use and sale. This way the students are able to pay for their essential items and personal needs.

agriculture in st.martin

  • 2010: In this year our school St.Martin Youth Training Centre, emphasizes  the fiberglass project which is part of professional training in our school.Through a qualified and experienced instructor, the school managed to produce fiberglass chairs, repairing boats, and also slides for nursery kids.  There have been a good number of orders and we supplied some chairs to  schools like Orore primary school.



  • The same year , our donors and friends of the Marist Brothers in Germany raised the full amount to purchase a new car to serve the needs of our Youth Training Centre. May the Almighty God reward them.
  • 2011:  Through the efforts of  our qualified teachers, our nursery has shown a great improvement.   and because of that we have enrolled more kids from  the Island  and we welcome especially orphans and the most vulnerable children, in line with our  distinctive Marist Style “To bring up children properly, we must love them, and love them equally.“ 
  • We organised the first formal graduation ceremony  for those  who have been prepared to join class one in  any primary schools.

st.martin graduation  2015







  • 2012: The school management brought about much improvement through the installation of electricity, connecting the school compound to the Kenya Power and Lighting Company. Previously we were using generators. Now we count it as a blessing because we can do more in our workshops and do it more efficiently and economically.
  • Then through that improvement, we were able to migrate from analogue to digital.  We bought new computers.
  • Thereby we have attracted school teachers and other interested persons for this training. This has been a source of income to our school and a great help to our society in this Island.

computer class

  • 2013: Our thanks and gratitude, goes to our countless friends, for the support you have given us. Our school is doing well through your helping hands. This year we managed to admit quite a good number of students ,who came from different places . The majority of our students received some sponsorship.It has been a great benefit to the society and to our students at large,as Marist Brothers we educate all through being present to young people in ways that show that we care for them personally.
  • 2015-2016:  Our major endeavor for the years 2015-2016, is to realize the construction of two stony building which will serve as a twofold objectives : To serve as  (i) Formation house, (ii) Guest house
  • Formation House : While their is 18  Primary schools and 10 Secondary schools on this Island, St.Martin Youth Training Centre is the only agricultural and technical school on the Island. Mfangano Island has a population of about 40000. The number of drop-outs, especially in secondary level is about 20% and of those who complete secondary and primary level, not all them manage to move to the next levels. The reason for this formation house   is to enable us to provide much needed orientation . We plan to do this by inviting youth groups for short periods to participate in our agricultural and workshop activities , through this short session we attempt  to make them “see” that  the future is open for many opportunities.
  • Guest House:  This guest house will cater for a convenient accommodation for  both local and foreign visitors it is situated in a serene environment, and gives a feel of a home away from home , as you enjoy the cool breeze of Lake Victoria.

guest house

  •  2017: Installation of Solar Irrigation at YTC
    In an effort to use renewable energy sources and state-of-the-art technology for irrigation, new submersible Solar Pumps were installed at St. Martin. The project was mainly funded by the arch-diocese of Bamberg and included the installation of the pumps, solar panels and pipes to bring the water from Lake Victoria to the fields. The project ensures irrigation throughout dry phases of the year and cuts power cost, while using environment-friendly power sources.
Solar panel

Solar panel

Mist irrigation

Mist irrigation






  • 2018: Expansion of the Solar Irrigation at YTC (planned)
    In order to supply more water for irrigation and cover more of the compound’s area, another two solar pumps of the same type and solar panels will be installed. This means building a new base for the pumps and digging new ditches for the additionally needed pipes.
Pump Base

Pump Base

Pump Base

Pump Base






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