The year 2018 marked the Golden Jubilee of Sathya Sai Baba’s maiden visit to East Africa, Kenya and Uganda in July 1968. During this historic, epoch-making visit, Sathya Sai Baba blessed the people, the animals and the land of East Africa, and delivered landmark discourses emphasising eternal and universal love for all. To mark this historic occasion, senior officials of the SSIO, led by Dr. Narendranath Reddy, Chairman, Prasanthi Council, joined the three-day celebration- from 13th July 2018.
The SSIO leaders visited the Uthiru School on 13th July 2018 and met with the students, teachers, staff and Trust members. The students presented a beautiful cultural programme. The Chairman of Uthiru School Trust, Mr. Nimesh Shah gave an overview of various activities at the Uthiru School, which was accorded a special recognition by the Kenyan Government Education Department.
An interfaith meeting was held at the Nairobi Sathya Sai Centre wherein seven different faith leaders spoke on the harmony of religions, unity of faiths, universal brotherhood and peaceful co-existence. In his address, Dr. Reddy gave special emphasis to the five fundamental human values – Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love and Non-violence. The audience was fascinated by the diversity in religious viewpoints, united by the common basis of the universal human values.
On 14th July 2018, the SSIO leaders visited the Sathya Sai School at Kisaju, a 90 minute-drive from Nairobi. Spread across several acres, surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful landscape, the school boasts of exquisite modern architecture and state-of-the-art facilities and teaching aids. Mr. Kuldip Bahra, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the school gave an overview of the school’s facilities, activities and future plans. The District Education Officer, in her address, commended the efforts of the school and recognised its importance in shaping the students’ career, growth and development. The students presented a Masai cultural music and dance programme, which enthralled the entire auditorium packed with over 300 guests. Since the school emphasises self-reliance through farming, trees were planted by the visiting dignitaries as a gesture of appreciation.
On 15th July 2018, Dr. Reddy and the SSIO Senior Leaders served hot meals to around 1,200 children at the Nairobi Sathya Sai Centre, who also received T-Shirts, blankets and supplies. A pastor presented a human values programme to inspire and motivate the children to become good citizens. Dr. Reddy also inaugurated a modern Sathya Sai Health Clinic having good infrastructural facilities in the presence of more than 150 guests from Kenya, Botswana, Gabon, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique.