Thank you all for praying with us for the people of the Ngaamba community in Kenya. Today was our last day in Ngaamba with a team from North Point and our time with the children, parents, and the 252 Team was incredible. What we love about Ngaamba is the extreme sense of community there so there is no doubt that they are already rallying around the families who suffered loss from Monday night's accident. Please read below for the latest update from 410 Bridge and continue praying with us for overwhelming peace for Ngaamba.
From 410 Bridge: Today, more details on the trucking accident in Ngaamba were released.
There were 70 people (both children and parents) on the truck which rolled off the road into a ditch and overturned. 57 of the children were from Itumbule Primary School in Ngaamba. They were returning from a Catholic music festival in Makueni county.
For those of you who have visited Ngaamba, the accident took place on the opposite side of Mombasa Hwy, not on the Ngaamba/Kiu side.
5 school girls (ages 13-15) were killed in the accident. Three were from Class 8 at Itumbule and 2 were in Form One (9th grade) at Kima Secondary School.
42 people were admitted to the hospital Monday night and as of this morning, 32 are still hospitalized.
The driver was arrested on Monday night.
Many people have asked us if any BrightPoint or 2011 Daraja children were involved. While details are still coming in, we have confirmed that no BrightPoint children from Ngaamba were in the accident. Two Daraja children were on the truck but were unharmed.
Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to the people of Ngaamba, the community leaders and the families of those injured and lost. If you would like to send your prayers and condolences to the families, we welcome your emails at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The article that hit the Daily Nation (Kenyan newspaper) can be found at http://tinyurl.com/3ps2jb5
Thank you to all of you who have expressed concern for or friends in Ngaamba.