History

…of the Marist Brothers work in St. Martin Youth Training Centre, Bishop Mugendi Secondary School and Our Lady of Orore Primary School

  • 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 becomes in charge of the Bishop Mugendi Secondary School.
  • 1985: The first student house 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 The 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 is now also available to “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 og 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.
    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 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.
  • 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: The Lady of Orore opens the boarding school for girls.Windmill project in St. Martin Youth Training Centre.
  • 2008: The Lady of Orore opens the boarding school 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: A new project begins to increase the local food production. 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. On that way the student are able to pay for his or her essential items for their personal needs.

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