The Canadian Harambee Education Society was very fortunate to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) with a very special Kenyan guest, High Commissioner John Lanyasunya and his Secretary Isaiah Koech, on March 8th, 2018, in New Westminster. While the weather outside was atrocious, the spirits were high inside St. Barnabas’ hall. Lorrie Williams hosted the dinner event with the help of other CHES Board members and supporters. Special local guests included Chief Rhonda Laraby of New Westminster and former Kenyan CHES students in Canada, Lorrie Rowena Mukirazi and Lorrie Mwamire Okunyani. The hall was full and the food, supplied by Greens and Beans Deli and Russell Pohl, was plentiful and excellent. The silent auction was a big hit and most people went home with an art object from Kenya or Tanzania.
The High Commissioner spoke about the importance of education for girls in Kenya. He is very supportive of the work that CHES is doing in Kenya and he is aware of the positive impact higher education for girls will have for the girl’s families and their communities. Lorrie Mukirazi and Lorrie Okunyani also spoke about their families and their lives in Kenya. Both girls were sponsored by CHES to attend Secondary School and they thanked the CHES sponsors and urged them to continue sponsoring other girls in Kenya and Tanzania.