Saturday, September 16, 2006

Kenyans Celebrate New School

Thanks to the efforts of US troops, among others. From CentCom:

LAMU, Kenya – An explosion of color and sound celebrated the dedication of the new Mokowe Secondary School, which was built in cooperation between the Kenyan government, the U.S. Embassy and the Civil Affairs Team, part of the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa.
Local residents, waving small American and Kenyan flags, erupted in traditional songs and dances, accompanied by drumming. Drummers used plastic containers, metal plates, as well as conventional drums....

“We appreciate what the American government has donated to the community, which approximates 21 million Kenyan Shillings,” said Abdi Juano, chairman of the Mokowe Secondary School.
“This is once again another big and commendable project undertaken by the government of the United States of America through its local embassy and Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa,” said Omar Mohamed Famau, chairman of the county council of Lamu. “Education has always been the key to development of any nation and this is a big step towards development of Lamu and our county.”
“Allow me to thank the American people for their tireless efforts in assisting Lamu people in various development activities since 2003. We request this continues,” Famau said.