Support for Kenyan Refugees at the Mama Kevina School
November 30, 2009
Charles Naku and Michael Lear
Little Sister of St. Francis, Sister Margaret Awor opened the Mama Kevina Comprehensive Secondary School in 2006, which provides both secondary education and vocational training. Presently the vocational component offers training in baking, computers and agriculture, with the hope to soon train students in tailoring and carpentry. Enrolled at the school are children ranging in age from 13 to 24 who attend secondary grades 1 to secondary 4. The student population is mostly from Northern Uganda where many children have been affected by ongoing wars, floods and HIV/AIDS. Many of the students' parents were slaughtered by rebels or killed by AIDS and left as orphans. Two of the boys were forced to be children soldiers.
RMF Team Whole Health Director and Ugandan Country Director, Beth Cole, initiated both NADA acupuncture treatments and yoga classes at the Mama Kevina Secondary School to aid in the relief of post traumatic stress for the students, as well as patients at the Mella Health Center and St. Anthony’s Hospital (psycho trauma unit). The local youth in the surrounding slums and the general population of Tororo also take advantage of these simple and effective services.