From 1949 until his retirement in 1963 Pascoal stayed on in
Nairobi as he was no longer subject to any further
In his new position in the B scale of Establishment Officer,
he was frequently called upon to act for officers in the Asst.
Secretary Grade - a rare opportunity indeed for an Asian during the
Initially, until suitable Government quarters in keeping
with his new position were allotted, the family spent some weeks
with distant relatives. The Carrasco cousins occupied a spacious
flat in the Parklands area where a number of prosperous Goan
families had settled. Lawrence and Mary Carrasco had five children:
Zeff, Abel, David, Cella and Bessie. Zeff was already studying
pharmacy in England, and Abel was due to leave shortly to study
medicine there. Young Sanoo was filled with admiration for their
achievements and was inspired to emulate their example.
In the post-war clamour for independence from imperial
control (which included the Mau-Mau insurrection, some measures were
taken to placate local agitation in the British colonies. It was
during this phase that facilities by way of bursaries and
scholarships for higher education in England were being offered by
the British Commonwealth to deserving young students in the
colonies. Wisely, a number of Goans availed themselves of this
opportunity so that their children's future prospects would be even
better than their own.
The de Mellos were eventually moved to two- room Government
quarters off Park Road. It was most pleasing to Pascoal as his
beloved elder sister Severina and her family lived in the Railway
quarters just across the road. Her husband Andre held a senior
position in the Stores Department of Kenya Railways. The Mendoncas
had four children: Annie, Alexinho (Alu), Pius and Teresa. With
constant visits referred to as "going across" a strong relationship
developed between the two families.
Later, Pascoal took great pride in the outstanding field
hockey prowess displayed by his nephew Alu Mendonca. This was
merited because starting from the tender age of 21, when he
represented Kenya at the Nairobi City Stadium, Alu went on to
represent Kenya in four successive Olympics: Melbourne (1956), Rome
(1960), Tokyo (1964) and Mexico (1968).
Alu Mendonca was also appointed Assistant Coach to the Kenya
National Squad for the Munich Olympic Games in 1972 and National
Coach for the Montreal Games in 1976.
Another source of pride for Pascoal were the achievements of
his other nephew, Pius and his grand niece Rose.
Pius, today, is a Specialist medical practitioner in
Germany. His daughter, Malaika, has followed in his footsteps and
has graduated from medical school.
Dr. Rose is a renowned lawyer in the UK specialising in
European Community affairs and legal consultant to the Commonwealth
Office in London.
While at Park Road the de Mellos attended services at St.
Francis Xavier's church at Parklands. Erected in 1936, it is
popularly known as the "Goan church" because most of its
parishioners were Goans who resided in the vicinity and, down the
decades, freely donated to it.
Sanoo and Tim had already started attending the Dr. Ribeiro,
Goan School in Nairobi. Far back in 1927, under the guiding spirit
of Dr. A.C.L. de Sousa, the Goan Overseas Association came into
being. In view of the need for a good school for Goan children, this
social organisation gave first priority to the creation of what came
to be known as the Dr. Ribeiro Goan School. It took the name of its
chief donor - the philanthropic Goan pioneer, Dr. Rozendo
On 21st December 1951 Pascoal and Esmeralda were blessed
with the arrival of their fourth son, Stanislaus. He was born in the
Ngara Maternity Home. With the arrival of this new-comer, the place
on Park Road was much too small; so the family moved to a three-room
Government quarter at Ngara. Happily, at this juncture Pascoal was
actually entitled to larger quarters. His responsibilities and
influence had increased considerably.
Pascoal used this influence now and then to help recruit
deserving Goan young men into the Civil Service. One of these was
his brother-in-law, the husband of Esmeralda's younger sister, Rose,
whom he specially invited to Kenya.
He also invited Esmeralda's younger sister and brother,
Bennie and Manuel, to Kenya. They came to live with the de Mello
family of six. Bennie was a great help with the youngest boy,
enabling her sister to take care of the three older boys who were
attending school. They were one big happy family.
St. Francis Xavier Church, Nairobi