KENYA: Loreto Appeals for Funds to Aid Injured Pupils

NAIROBI, November 18, 2011 (CISA) –The Loreto Convent Msongari School will on Sunday November 20, 2011 launch a year-long fund-raising campaign to help meet medical expenses estimated to be Kshs 150 million for survivors of the tragic road accident that took place on July 29, 2011 in Meru.  Two pupils were killed, six underwent arm amputations, including one girl who is a double amputee, and several sustained severe facial injuries and one pupil lost an eye. 

These pupils will require prosthetic limbs and facial reconstructive surgery. The accident involved standard seven and eight pupils and teachers of Loreto Convent Msongari Primary School.   The event dubbed Christmas Fair and Family Fun Day fundraiser will bring together present and past students, teachers, family, friends and well-wishers.  The Loreto Msongari Alumni group, in partnership with the Loreto Msongari Sisters, have committed themselves to assist the families of the affected students obtain funding to ensure continued medical care.

Sr Nuala Brangan of Loreto Sisters told CISA that the Alumni’s goal is to raise Kshs15 million.  According to Sr Brangan the pupils will be handled by specialists from abroad. “Due to the limited capacity for functional prosthetic fittings, reconstructive care and rehabilitation in Kenya, the doctors advised that this treatment is best carried out abroad,” the sister said in a statement sent to CISA. Currently the Loreto Msongari’s management and the Alumni are conducting counselling for pupils, parents, teachers and the administration of the school and made amendments to physical facilities at the school in order to ease movement for injured and recovering pupils.  They have also petitioned the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) for special consideration towards standard eight candidates injured in the accident.  The event will be held at Loreto Msongari, Lavington.