A Taste of Hollywood at the 4th Keren High School Reunion!
By: Bahlibi Tekle & Hassen Ferej
They say it’s always sunny in California, so what better place to host the 4th Keren High School reunion than Los Angeles! The beautiful Keren-like weather of La Mirada gave everyone great comfort throughout the three-day conference. We’re happy to share that the event was a great success and beyond our expectations and good job for the collective work on the standing committee and well done for the Los Angels members with the leadership of Kibra Ghebre and Dr. Woldemariam.
Mr. Mrs. Hugh's Letter to 4th Reunion
Words to the people of Keren, Eritrea and surrounding villages. From Marty and Deacon Hugh Downey.
Times change. Generations pass. Lives become lost. People live for today and hope for tomorrow. But some things never change and some times are never forgotten. Such is the case with our lives.We lived the most meaningful and important part of our lives with you in the Keren area. We can never forget that, and will carry the memories of those days to our graves – whether they were good or bad....
Chairman’s 4th Reunion Speech
August 16, 2014
Honored Mr. Mahmud Kanoni and Honored Guests,
In behalf of the organizing committee, it is my pleasure to say thank you for coming from all around the world to celebrate our 4th Keren High Schools Reunion.
Hugh's Reflection of KHS 3rd Reunion (7/13/12)
In my entire life I have never been affirmed and appreciated as much as you good Keren people were to Marty and me. I have been just overwhelmed with a joyful feeling of goodwill between you native born Eritreans and me, an adopted
Eritrean. Read More
Dear brothers and old friends Keren High School reunion. I would like to congratulate U on the occasion of holding
your 3rd reunion on the 6th of July, 2012 in Washington DC.
I hope U had spent nice time with your old friends who attended the reunion from all over the world. I hoped to join U ,but....Anyhow, I'm very happy to hear that all Kerenites in abroad are
united. I hope all wlad keren in other countries have reunion as yours
Reunion, Chairman's Speech
Honored Guests, Dear brothers and sisters, precious sons and daughters, I am extremely happy to stand her in front of you and go back 40 years to remember my years at Keren High School. Hello DEKI KEREN TSA’EDA. You are from a place of love, friendship, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence. You are the envy of the world.
Before I go deeper in my speech, allow me to present to you the preparatory committee for the historic 3rd Keren High School.
It was the BEST
By Semira O.
July 10, 2012
Aselam wo’alekum!! I just made it back home safe and of course tired from a long trip of 24 hrs. driving, but it was most rewarding trip I have ever made in my life, and I wished each and every one of you to be there.
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July 10, 2012 By Adel M
Just came back from the most exciting event. We have a wonderful time and enjoyed every bit of it. I will comment more later on, but I am glad to have met old friends from different corners of the world. I also got the opportunity to put a face on the names of some my favorite KLR contributes. Let me share this picture that I took with two great met of Keren; Ustaz Mahmud Kanoni and Mr Hugh. I also had the extra luxury of meeting up with my childhood friend Ahmed Kanoni.
3rd Reunion Program
June 22, 2012
Our reunion's preparatory committee has finished all it needed to do to
host the best reunion ever. The event is starting on Friday morning, July
6, 2012. Our first focus is going to be on youth and parent relationships,
and challenges of youth in the Diaspora. We, the fathers, have a lot to
learn from our youths as well as the youths have a lot to learn from us.
As first generation immigrants, we went through many hurdles to fit in
foreign land, new language, and new culture to make ends meet, and raise
our children. Our kids struggled to find their identity, and were torn by
two cultures; their parents' culture, and their adapted country’s
culture. All this will be spiced with Keren style jokes to entertain
everyone. Read More ...
We are Forging a Venue of Friendship
The Keren High reunion preparatory committee has fine tuning a
memorable gathering. This dedicated group of Keren high alumni has put
their hearts and souls, to forge a venue of friendship. As result of that,
a true bond among former Keren High students, teachers, and friends has
been built. People descended fromall over the world.The last two reunions
were great and I feel confident this one will be superb. When people with
specific bonds show up and appreciate each other’scompany that is
theultimate reward. The optimism and good will of all participants will
carry the day. See you all there. By WoldeselassieTesfai Omer
Who are our honored guests?
First, in behalf of the KHS preparatory committee, I cordially invite all KLR family to our third reunion in Washington DC this coming July 6 – 8, 2012. Our program is filled with a lot of entertainment. To name some, it will include conference about youth education, parents and youth relationships, youth opportunities, challenges, and experiences. Other events
planned are our medical and economical issues and ways to tackle them. All these activities are spiced with different entertainment like jokes, poems, and trivia questions. The program is mostly geared towards laughter and having fun. Come meet your childhood friends and enjoy!!!
Some of the honored guests are:
1. Mr. Hugh and his wife
2. Joan Richard ( and hopefully her husband)
3. Mr. Rajan and his wife
4. Many Kerenites are coming from Europe, Australian, Canada, and of course from all parts of USA.
Mr. Hugh is not a stranger to Keren and its people; he is the man who did a lot to make Keren a better place. Joan, a Peace Corps volunteer, who was teaching in Keren High School, and got married in Keren in our Keren wedding culture, is very eager to come and meet her students.
Kerenites are invited to attend our July 6 to 8 third reunion. Our program is filled with a lot of entertainment. To name some, it will include
conference about youth education, parents and youth relationships, youth opportunities, challenges, and experiences. Other events planned are our medical and economical issues
and ways to tackle them. All these activities are spiced with different entertainment like jokes, poems,
and trivia questions. The program is mostly
geared towards laughter and having fun. Come meet your childhood
friends and enjoy!!!
By Joanne Richards (Former Keren High School Peace Corps)
I joined the Peace Corps in 1966 at the ripe old age of 21, just after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our three-month training program, which took place in Cambridge, MA, introduced us to the language and customs of our host country, Ethiopia (now Eritrea), and reacquainted us with the history and political science of the U.S. As we prepared for life in a very foreign land, we became a close-knit group. I was posted to Keren (the northernmost of all the towns where volunteers served), but my friends were distributed all over
Ethiopia. READ MORE
Welcome to the
High School Reunion website www.Sweetkeren.net
is fostering a spirit of networking where former Keren students could
reflect on their childhood. We
would like to receive your emails and comments.
If you have old pictures, please send them to us, and we will post them. If
you have memories of Keren High School that you want to write about,
please do so. We all know that we missed one-another, and by sharing
memories, we will be able to stay close and energized.
The Excitement is Intensifying!
The Anticipation is Growing!
Attendees are encouraged to register
July 6, to July 8, 2012 in D.C.
The 3rd Keren High School ReunionIs upon us.
Let The Count Down Begins!
And make their reservation ahead of time.
Reunion II of Summer 2010
Keren High school 2010 reunion attracted more than 500
alumni, their families, and friends on July 02, to July 04, 2010. This is
the 2nd successful re-union after the last one hosted in
. Read More
Ustaz Mahmud was my favorite principal.
students have rich memories about their school, thanks to Mr. Kanoni. He
worked tirelessly to make sure that every child got quality education when
Keren was a war zone. Read
Articles from 'Outlook
Student Newsletter' Published in Late 1960th and Early 1970th.
Compiled by Yohannes Ferdinando Drar,
February 4, 2010
To all former students of Keren high school (Then called Atzie Dawit
Secondary), especially graduates of the 60s and 70s, the school had a
magazine run by the students. To preserve the memory of our former
students, I am trying to collect copies so that people can remember their
classmates and friends. Read
Suzane & Noah
In behalf of the KHS Preparatory Committee Allow me to say
We are extremely elated To witness a wedding that was conceived at our
It was a dream come true
To see youths who met at our get-together
And whose family came from Keren Tsada
Got bound in holy matrimony Read More...
Speech Delivered by the
Chairman of the Preparatory Committee
Thank you all for coming to this historic Second Keren High School
Reunion. Thank you honorable guests! Let’s give them a round of
applause. Thank you spouses and children for sharing this great day with
us; we wouldn’t have done it without you and your support. Please help
me in giving them a round of applause. Special thanks go to our youth who
volunteered to be part of all the discussion of this reunion. Read
Memories of Keren
By: Raj Rajan and Indira
We were the first
teachers to come to Keren from
. We came in August 1966. That
batch of teachers included Mr.Khanna, Mr. Verma and Mr Gurmit Singh. The
others came later. When we came there were 5 Peace Corps teachers.
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It was a wonderful treat to have Haben Girma as our motivational speaker of our 4th reunion. She is a real hero of our Eritrean community who become an icon and stood to the rights of our disabled. I am so glad to see our little daughter of Keren descent is doing so great. Her speech made everyone of us to think of how we treat our disabled back home; growing up in our beautiful Keren, we were nice people to one another, but we didn’t know how to take care of our disabled. Her speech will help everyone in attendance to reflect into their lives and make change in the way he/she thinks about our community.
(Abraha) Read More
Successful 4th Reunion
We had a very successful 4th Keren High Schools reunion. It was a great honor to have Ustaz Mahmud Kanoni among us. We had guests from Sweden, England, Holland, Germany, Canada and
USA. There were some who came from Keren who happened to be in USA and managed to attend the reunion. If you were not at the reunion, you missed a lot. We will give details in another time. Stay
Sports History in Keren: Football (Part I)
By Dr. Salah Jimi
Like elsewhere in Eritrea and perhaps in the world, sport activities in
Keren primarily conducted at two levels- the town's league and as part of
the educational system. There were also strong football competitions at
suburbs' (Hillet) level. In this first part, the focus is on the town's
football league. The second part will shed light on various sport
activities at Keren High School and other schools in the town,
encompassing football, Basketball, Volleyball and different types of
athletics. The purpose of documenting sport history in Keren is to give it
its right place in the Eritrean history. The period of interest in this
and the follow-up article is 1970 to 1990.
The people of keren are sport-loving in general but have had great
affection for football in particular. The town was endowed with talented
footballers like Yohannes Weldezion (Joker) and Ismael Mahmoud who were
key players of Asmara/Hamassien team; Aragay G/Ezgabeher, another
highly-skilled footballer from Keren played for Emba-soira, the rival team
to Asmara team in the 1960s and 1970s. Moreover, Tesfalem G/Meskel, a
highly-gifted footballer from Keren represented Ethiopia at the national
level to play in the Africa Cup of Nations in Khartoum. A brief history of
sport in Keren, narrated by one of the talented footballers of the early
1970s, Tesfagabir Mesgina, spanning over the period late 1960s to early
1970s can be accessed here: www.sweetkeren.net
Also, in early 1980s, one can recall young generation of talented
footballers like Desta Embaye, Hashem Ibrahim, Toshome...., Awate Idris,
Efrem Kidane, Abdulaziz Idris, Tejar G/Selassie, Idris ...., Kibreab
Abraha, Mohmed-Idris Abe, etc. And in the late 1980s, numerous star
footballers like Nasir Abdu, Gabsha....,Khalid Ali Idris Nour, Desse....,
Hassan Omer Ali Karrar, Yemane Bashay, Yassin Jimi, Menassie Kidane,
Abdulahi Musa Hajj, (Tesfalidet & Temesgen Abraha), Mohamed-Saeed,
etc. entertained dwellers of Keren. The names of the 1970s and 1980s tell
an interesting story- a rich cultural diversity existed back then that has
sadly enough been absent in our recent history, including at the
'national' level. It is in this context this article is written- to shed
light on the multi-cultural aspect of sport/football history in Keren, and
how sport was a unifying factor of the diverse social groups in the town.
of the 3rd High School Reunion
By Yohana Desta
The third Keren High School Reunion kicked off last Friday, July 6 at the Hilton Hotel in Alexandria, Va. Hundreds of Kerenites gathered to reunite with old friends, bringing with them guests and family members.
Friday’s events were all about the youth, with Kibra Ghebre hosting a Youth Conference.
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My City My life (Keren)
By Awet Aregay
My beloved City Keren,
you are my City,
You are where i come from,
you gave me my family,
you gave me my life. Read More
by Mr. Gallaghar (Peace
Corps) at 2nd
, July 3, 2010
I got myself into this mess by
joining the the Peace Corps. I was 21, and had graduated from
only five days earlier. Read
Can You Remember Your Former
Peace Corps Teachers?
Here is a list of former Peace
Corps teachers who served in
. I have collected this information from the Peace Corps website and it
might help former students to reminisce their student life in Keren. Read
Pictures by Mr. Terry O’Herron
These historic photos were taken by Terry O’Herron,
a Peace Corps, who taught in
was found. The boys and the girls were segregated; they had separate
classrooms. Do you recognize anyone? Read More
By Hassen Fereg
A boat docked in a tiny
Eritrean fishing village. A tourist complimented the local fishermen on
the quality of their fish and enquired on how long it took to make the
“Not very long.” they
answered in unison.
“Why didn’t you stay out
longer and catch more?” asked the tourist?
ByDr. Fickak Habtes, Dr.PA,
Hard work pays off:
After two years of
preparation through conference calls and brain storming the board of
directors for Keren Secondary School Reunion (KSSR) efforts and planning
put to test. The hard work to cultivate the best ways and means to bring
back old memories, rejuvenate fading friendship and reconnect old
classmates’ reunion arrived. Read
For some of us it has been quite
a long time since we attended or graduated from
. Much in us has changed. Much of the world around us changed but the
spirit, memory and nostalgia of the olden days is alive. This has left
some of us with the idea of forming a reunion lingering in our minds
although no one had voiced this desire for quite some time.