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Visit to Wamba 11th and 12th March 2014

Mar 31, 2014

The SMOM Embassy delegation to Wamba was made up of:

H.E. Ambassador Augusto Ruffo di Calabria
Princess Tana Ruffo di Calabria (spouse of the Ambassador)
Dr. Franco De Paoli – First Counsellor
Dr. Laura Colnaghi Calissoni – Counsellor

The Delegation arrived in Wamba in the early afternoon of 11th March 2014 and met with the following church dignitaries:

The Right Reverend Pante Virgilio, Bishop of Maralal Diocese and his Administrator Fr. Angelo Riboli;

Fr. Franco Cellana, Parish Priest of the Consolota Mission;

and the following representatives of the Government of Kenya:

The Deputy Governor of Samburu County, H.E. Joseph Lemarket,

The Honourable Minister of Water, Mr. Stephen Lekupe.

In the presence of the above dignitaries, including the representatives of the Community of Wamba, the Memorandum of Understanding for the Wamba Water Project was signed between the Government of Kenya and the Order of Malta. The signing was witnessed by the Wamba Community Chairman, Mr. Gideon Lokorukoru and the Secretary, Mr. Raphael Lolokuru.

This had been a much-awaited event (7 years!) and marked the beginning of a commitment, on the part of both signatories concerned, to contribute to the well-being of the people in Wamba. Drilling of the water wells is due to start during the course of the month of April 2014.

The following day, on 12th March 2014, a Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated by Fr. Franco Cellana and on this occasion the Order distributed a donation of cabin crew blankets (generously made available by British Airways through Blankets for Africa) to the women and elders of the community. The latter were so appreciative of this gesture that they personally contacted Dr. Franco De Paoli upon his return to Nairobi to thank the Order for this act of kindness and expressed the hope that they could benefit from more blankets in the not too distant future.

After Holy Mass, H.E. Ambassador Ruffo di Calabria, Princess Tana and Dr. Laura Calissoni handed out sweets to over 400 children at the school and nursery.

Upon leaving Wamba, the SMOM delegation headed for Naro Moru to visit the Disabled Children's Home, a centre that provides quality orthopaedic services, physiotherapy and occupational services and orthopaedic appliances to the children with disabilities. Once the children have undergone surgery in Nyeri, they are referred to the Home where they are treated by volunteer doctors who belong to an Association called Genova Orthopaedics Africa and who do wonderful work in constructing artificial limbs for disabled patients. The Home is run by Franciscan Elizabethan Sisters together with local staff in cooperation with an Advisory Committee.
The Order also distributed some B.A. blankets to this Home assisted by Mr. Dario Zecchini of Terre Solidali E.A. who, together with his team, is acting as consultant for the Wamba Water Project. Terre Solidali are experts in the field of water well drilling having conducted similar projects in Somalia and elsewhere.