Yesterday morning, the Irish Embassy in Nairobi played host to a group of 24 Transition Year students from Blackrock College in Dublin, who had arrived in Kenya that morning.
During their time in East Africa, the Irish students will be visiting Spiritan supported programmes in cooperation with AidLink, an Irish NGO working in Kenya and focusing on basic needs programmes; water and sanitation, education, food security and healthcare.
From 25 January to 2 February, the school had loaned the Irish Embassy’s 100 Years of the Irish in Kenya exhibition, which was on display in St Patrick’s Hallway.
Through interviews, family documents and religious archives, the exhibition attempts to capture the stories of the Irish in Kenya over the last 100 years.
There are around 1,500 Irish expats living in Kenya, representing all traditions of the Island of Ireland including many 2nd generation Irish who are an integral part of the development of a newly emerging Kenya.
The Spiritans have had a strong missionary presence in the country for over 100 years now. Most recently the Machakos project has strengthened ties with Blackrock.