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Children's Mass Celebrated at Deep Sea Slum In Commemoration of Saint John The Baptist

May 9, 2016

Addressing the congregation on the occasion of the Children’s Mass held on 8th April 2016 at Deep Sea Slum in Nairobi, H.E. Ambassador Augusto Ruffo di Calabria said that “it was always a great pleasure to begin the Feast of Saint John the Baptist, patron of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Malta, in a sacred place as this Church of Saint Joseph in the Consolata Shrine located in the Deep Sea Slum, equally sacred for the work it carries out in taking care of many children and teaching them how to face a difficult tomorrow fraught with risks and pitfalls.”

Deep Sea Slum is located in Nairobi’s north-west Westlands division.  The first group of residents moved there in 1963 onto what was then untitled public (forest) land.  Today, an estimated 12,000 people live on 33 acres and are under constant threat of forced eviction.  The Consolata Shrine has been working diligently to upgrade the community housing from mud huts to iron sheet construction in hopes to offer the families better protection in the rainy season.  They have also built a nursery school for the children and a medical clinic.  Progress has been made but there is still great need for additional resources.

Every year it has become a tradition for the Order of Malta in Kenya to target poor communities such as this one so as to be able to offer them assistance, support and hope. At Deep Sea Slum over 140 children (including their teachers) received a parcel containing basic food items and a red rainproof “poncho” (with the Cross of Malta printed on the back) for protection against the rain.  The expression of joy on the face of these children was a sight to behold and the beautiful sunny weather added to the joyous moment.

The Order was honoured to have H.E. Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo, the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya, preside over Holy Mass which was co-celebrated by the Very Rev. Msgr. Marco Ganci, Counsellor of the Apostolic Nunciature,  Father Daniel, the Consolata Shrine Parish Father and Father Paolo from the Comboni Fathers Community.  In attendance were the Officials of the Embassy of the Order of Malta: H.E. Ambassador Augusto Ruffo di Calabria; Dr. Franco De Paoli, Deputy Head of Mission and his wife Mrs. Marinella De Paoli; Mr. Sam Mattock, Secretary and his wife Mrs. Harriet Mattock.  The Order was also very pleased and encouraged to receive at the event Ambassadors and representatives from the following Embassies: Angola, Argentina, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Switzerland and Venezuela.  We were also happy to host the representative of the International Federation of the Red Cross and several friends and supporters of the Order of Malta.

The evening prior to the Mass, an official dinner was hosted by Ambassador Augusto Ruffo di Calabria at the Embassy residence to which were invited the Ambassadors and spouses of the Embassies of Austria, Belgium, European Union, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, in addition to the Director General of UNON and Marquis and Marquise Dino Bisletti.  Mrs. Marinella De Paoli was instrumental in organizing the lovely dinner in an equally beautiful, candle-lit setting.