Nairobi, Kenya - 50th anniversary of Kibondeni College
In 1961, in the English colony of Kenya, a group of young women from the United States, Ireland and Spain, encouraged by St. Josemaría, started the Kibondeni vocational school in Nairobi, with six African students enrolled in the first class. In 1969, six years after independence was declared, the government officially recognized it and pointed to its important contribution in improving the quality of life of women in Kenya. In 2016, the Swiss Social Impact Evaluation highlighted Kibondeni’s positive influence on the economic and social advancement of women with limited resources. In 2019, 50 years after taking its first steps, Kibondeni College has transformed the lives of more than 3,000 young women, including those who have benefited from courses for women in rural areas. Currently, more than 350 young women are enrolled each year.
The activities for Kibondeni’s 50th anniversary began with a Mass of thanksgiving celebrated by the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya, Archbishop Charles Balvo. In June 2019, Archbishop Anthony Muheria of the diocese of Nyeri consecrated a new shrine of Our Lady in the college garden.
Romana, n. 69, July-December 2019, p. 277.