Waves Re-Union 2019
Saturday the 26th, October was one to remember for all beneficiaries of the Waves Foundation. A re-union luncheon that was held at the Fairview Hotel at Upperhill area in Nairobi hosted a number of former and current students from Mukuru Bakhita, Mukuru kwa Ruben & Starehe. The main guest was founder of most of the schools these students attended, Sr. Mary Killeen.
The total number of people during the event was 60 guests and they were all treated to a buffet of a variety of meals alongside plenty of drinks. Whenever people speak of the slum, more so children from a slum, images of shady, unkempt and dirt is what comes to your head. This was not the case with this group. You would actually mistake the meeting for a UN delegate’s conference. Waves Trust has enabled many people for over 20 years to transit from the ghetto to earning a modest living and even touring the world.
Take Diana Moraa for example. She went to Ruben Primary School when it was all iron sheets and wood. Currently, she is waiting to travel to the UK to meet the man who aided with her academic fees. The trip is courtesy of Kenya Airways whereby they give their staff an annual “free” trip. Another is Kevin Mutisya who scored an A which saw him join JKUAT. Currently he runs his own IT consultancy firm. These are just the few from Ruben, amongst many others from different slums.
The Waves Trust is one Ruben Centre’s greatest friend but more of a parent figure to the hundreds of kids of whom have passed through it. We would like to honor the trust and more so the founders, the Savage family. Malcolm, Margaret and Jon, you have been a blessing in disguise to the beneficiaries. May God grant you peace eternally and as Kerrigan always said, I’m waving, not drowning.
By Gregory Barake