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Making a Difference in Ongata Rongai Community

Community Cleanup carrying bagsThe first of its kind community service/outreach program to clean up Ongata Rongai market and its surroundings took place on Sunday, December 11, 2016. The volunteer expectations exceeded with over 200 persons from the institutions on the Hill—East and Central Africa Division (ECD), ADRA Africa, Maxwell Academy, Advent Hill Primary and Adventist University of Africa—and members of the Advent Hill University Church, Laiser Hill Church, and even students from Multi-Media University coming together for the exercise.

The volunteers gathered together during the cool morning with rakes, spades, trash bags, wheelbarrows, and gloves excited to sweep, collect, pick, dig trenches to make a difference in Rongai. The enthusiasm, energy, and commitment demonstrated by one and all attracted several motorists passing through the town. Some of whom joined the teams in hauling heaps of filth and trash from the roadside into the bin bags.

Some community leaders such as the area assistant chief and assistant county commissioner, Ms. Esther Njeri and Ms. Vivian Mbugua respectively, who joined in the clean-up exercise, really appreciated the efforts to make a safer and cleaner environment.

One vegetable vendor in the market, could not hide his joy at seeing a clean trench in front of his sugarcane stall. “Sikujua mtaro hii inaweza kuwa safi hivi. Aki mumetusaisia sana. Mungu awabariki” (I never knew this trench could be this clean. You have really helped us a lot. God bless you).”

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Roadside before and after cleanup respectively (above pictures).

 

“This is the first step of many other interventions we intend to do within the community. Next time, we need to educate the community on health and sanitation . . . We shall do a lot more next time,” said Dr. Akintayo Odeyemi, the director of ADRA Africa and the chair of Advent Hill Community Services.

It is anticipated that various other activities shall be conducted in the new year, besides the clean-up program. Some of these shall be quarterly, while others, such as a follow-up health/hygiene education program shall come in-between.

Multi-Purpose Complex Ground-Breaking

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The informal Ground Breaking Ceremony for the AUA Multi-Purpose Complex will take place on this coming Wednesday
the 23rd of November 2016 at 11:00 am to 12:00noon. It will be held at the site of the proposed Multi-Purpose Complex
construction, which is directly across the street from the front entrance of the AUA Administration block. The simple
Ceremony is primarily for the Advent Hill Community, AUA and the AUA Strategic Development Partners who have helped
to raise the funds for the construction of the Complex.

The Ceremony is to dedicate the site and launch the construction of this facility. The purpose of this Complex, projected to
be completed by 2018, will be to help to forward the training and equipping mission of AUA and to be a blessing to the
entire Advent Hill community.

We take this opportunity to thank you for the continued support and request your prayers. May God continue to bless the
Adventist University of Africa.

Multipurpose Complex Ground-breaking Ceremony

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The Adventist University of Africa broke ground for the new Multipurpose Complex (MPC) at a ceremony on 23rd November 2016. The state-of-the-art KES 220 million ($ 2.2M) facility incorporates the latest technology, needed teaching/learning environments with twelve classrooms and two lecture theaters, a 1000-capacity multipurpose hall, a pavilion at the back end, administrative offices, and functional terraces.


MPC GroundbreakingThe University Chancellor, Dr. Blasious Ruguri, had an infectious excitement that caused rhythmic and joyful ululations to emanate from the audience at the Ceremony. He spoke on behalf of the other Division Presidents of Africa who are partners in the enhancement of the functions and mission of AUA.

Several commendations were particularly extended to the Strategic Development Partners (SDP) for their leadership and mobilization of resources for the construction of the new Complex. The SDP Chairperson, Dr. Phillip Rono, appreciated the efforts and cooperation of all the SDP members, the local churches in Kenya and encouraged all to help raise the remaining funds required of KES 25M.

The Vice Chancellor, Dr. Delbert Baker, acknowledged the significant contribution made by two donors who requested to remain anonymous. They had each contributed KES 100,000,000 ($ 1M) and KES 25,000,000 ($ 250,000) respectively. It is envisaged that the actual construction will begin in early 2017 and the project completion by 2018.

On behalf of the University Council, Eld. Jerome Habimana acknowledged the MPC as a special project especially in the way and means used to raise funds for the Complex. He also graciously thanked the SDP members and church members and encouraged all to continually support AUA.

On behalf of the deans, Dr. Daniel Ganu, acknowledged the necessity of having the Multipurpose Complex for it would serve the two schools, School of Postgraduate Studies and Theological Seminary. “This is not just a complex for infrastructural development but a centre of influence in and for Africa,” said Gemane Getteh, a Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies student from Liberia.

MPC Model PicThe Complex forms part of the infrastructural developments in AUA thus enhancing the mission of developing leaders across the African continent. It will be strategically situated at the front of the Administration Building. Alongside the building and encircling the whole campus will be a beautifully leadership-themed park. The architect, engineers, and fellow contractors committed to an eco-friendly and environmentally conscious construction and development.

Indeed, as the dedication prayer was ably concluded by Dr. Zacchaeus Mathema “Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For His mercy endures forever” to AUA and all its endeavours.