Order of Malta Kenya

Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta

HomeNews Archive

MESSAGE FROM THE AMBASSADOR:

Dear visitor, welcome to the website of our Embassy in Kenya!

Dr. Wilhelm von Trott zu SolzOur presence in Kenya is a living expression of the good diplomatic relations that exist between the Sovereign Order of Malta and the Republic of Kenya. The Order of Malta is engaged in constantly improving the livelihood of men, women and children. Our activities in all countries throughout the world are especially centred on the needs of the poor and handicapped people, regardless of race, religion or gender.

We welcome guests to our website and invite them to help us and our relief organisation to make this world a better place, for the benefit of the needy and the poor, the sick and the handicapped.

Stay together with us in this country of diversity, of wildlife heritage and of breathtaking landscapes and enjoy the warm welcome of its people.

News Archive

National Day Festivities - 2015

Jul 23, 2015

The 7th July was a remarkable day!  H.E. Ambassador Augusto Ruffo di Calabria decided to begin the National Day festivities with the celebration of Holy Mass at St. John’s Church in the slum of Korogocho.  “You are the future of Kenya”, said the Ambassador as he addressed the 753 school children in the congregation.  “We have come here to express the Order’s solidarity towards you, your school teachers and parents”.  Everyone in attendance was humbled by the discipline, dignity and enthusiasm displayed by the children….an example to emulate!

His Lordship Bishop David Kamau presided the Mass with co-celebrants Fr. Kennedy (Parish Father of Kariobangi), Fr. Paolo and Fr. Maurizio (Comboni fathers), Fr. Franco Cellana and Fr. Daniel Bertea (Consolata Shrine) and Fr. Pascal (St. Joseph’s Church –Kangemi).  The Order was privileged to have as guest of honour from the Kenyan government  H.E. Ambassador Josephine Awuor, Director of the Europe Desk Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade who was accompanied by Ms. Mildred Kinyaga Otunga (Officer in Charge of Malta at the Europe Desk).   Several diplomatic missions were represented; Austria, Italy, Pakistan, Spain, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.  Faithful friends of the Order also came to show their support as did the Area Chief of Korogocho sub-location, Mr. Nyabuto Omache and the District Commissioner for Kasarani District, Mr. Kamau.  The Diplomatic staff of the Order’s Embassy  were present, namely, Ambassador Prince Augusto Ruffo di Calabria, Deputy Head of Mission Dr. Franco De Paoli and Mrs. Marinella De Paoli, Counsellor Dr. Laura Colnaghi Calissoni, Counsellor Dr. Marina Deserti and Secretary Mr. Sam Mattock.

The Mass was lively in the traditional African style encouraging everyone to actively participate with song and dance to the wonderful rhythm of the choir.  The school classic band’s rendition of the Kenyan national anthem was a concert in itself!  Absolutely exquisite!

At the end of the Mass, the Order was delighted to be able to distribute a blanket to each child courtesy of British Airways who kindly donated (as they did in 2013) cabin crew blankets through an amazing project called Blankets4Africa headed by Mrs. Daria Von Weyhausen who deserves to be commended for her tireless efforts, selflessness and kindness.  The excited smile, joy and gratitude expressed by the children were louder than any words could ever say.

The Order also donated, thanks to the generosity of Counsellor Laura Colnaghi Calissoni, 150 football players’ uniforms to the school sports department as a way of promoting sports among the youth.

In the evening the festivities moved to the Muthaiga Country Club where the Order hosted a reception for Heads of Diplomatic Missions, International Organizations and friends of the Order.  The Kenyan government was represented by H.E. Ambassador Ben Ogutu, Political and Diplomatic Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.  He was accompanied by Ms. Dolphine Ndeda from the Europe Desk and Ms. Mildred Kinyaga Otunga mentioned earlier.  Both Ambassador Ogutu and Ambassador Ruffo di Calabria addressed the guests stressing the importance of humanitarian activities and the will to continue cooperating in the alleviation of the plight of the less fortunate.