St. Vincent de Paul Community Development Organization

The mission of the organization is to build a society where all children are provided the necessary love and care essential for growth. The organization is run by a small group of local volunteers, dedicated to improving the lives of poor and marginalized children in Kibera, Kenya by promoting their social integration into the community.

St. Vincent de Paul Community Development Organization
Olympic Kibera L.R. No. P.O. BOX 56486-00200
P.O. BOX 56486-00200, Nairobi
Kenya
254 722 759 617
http://Www.kiberachildren.org

Chairperson

Lucy Kayiwa

Management Team

Edwin Ariz, Lucy Kayiwa, Edwin Ariz, Thomas Bwire, Lucy Ringera, Nick Gonzaga

Board of Directors

Henry Maiga, Robert Oloo, Edwin Ariz, Helen Maiga, Thomas Mbwire, Lucy Kayiwa, Mary Harrington, Edwin Ariz, Thomas Bwire, Lucy Ringera, Nick Gonzaga

Project Leaders

Lucy Kayiwa

Mission

The mission of the organization is to build a society where all children are provided the necessary love and care essential for growth. The organization is run by a small group of local volunteers, dedicated to improving the lives of poor and marginalized children in Kibera, Kenya by promoting their social integration into the community.

Programs

St. Vincent's Nursery School was established in 2000 to provide critical care and support for Kibera's youngest children. Today, the school provides high quality nursery education to approximately 80 children between the ages of 3 and 7. Early childhood development programs, such as the Nursery School, are one of the most critical interventions for protecting vulnerable children. Students are divided into three classes based on age and receive instruction in English, Mathematics, Science/ Environment, Outdoor Activities, Religious Studies, and Swahili. Alongside quality education, the school also provides children with school uniforms and two daily meals. St. Vincent's prepares children for entrance into primary school; an opportunity which is out of reach for most Kiberan children. The Nursery school is a refuge: children are provided a safe and nurturing environment while receiving education from a trained and dedicated teaching staff. The Nursery School provides for the whole child, emotionally, physically and spiritually and provides a platform for St. Vincent's to treat the entire family unit. St. Vincent's Rescue Centre began as a way to meet the immediate needs of orphaned children in the community. Today, 21 children reside in the centre. Children at the centre are cared for by a "house mother" and live in a household structured similar to that of the typical Kenyan family. All children attend primary or secondary school and whenever possible are reunited with guardians or extended family. Women's Community Support: Through direct community support, St. Vincent's serves an additional 200 vulnerable families annually, particularly female headed households. The breadth of this program encompasses helping caregivers to start businesses, offering educational sponsorship to former Nursery School alumni and others in their household, assisting families to access medical care and helping track adherence to medication regimes, providing food to HIV-affected families and helping families to secure shelter. This organic and community-owned approach empowers community members, particularly women. By creating a safety net, women are able to continue caring for their children, meanwhile allowing them to be active decision makers in the issues that affect them. St. Vincent's recognizes the importance of a providing a nurturing environment as essential to a child's healthy development. All of the children have experienced some form of trauma or abuse. The Rescue Center goes beyond providing the basics like food and shelter and includes a loving environment and counseling. St. Vincent's addresses these complex needs, making them unique within the community. Girls & Boys Education Support Program From pre-school all the way up thru college, St. Vincent's is supporting vulnerable children to go obtain an education. In addition to our Nursery School and Rescue Center programs, in 2014 St. Vincent's is providing scholarships to 25 children. We identify the most vulnerable children and families and help them to pay for school fees and other costs so that their children can be enrolled and stay in school. Scholarships cover tuition, textbooks, registration fees and school supplies.. This support is a huge assistance to households; it helps keep children in the family while also ensuring continued access to education. Among the children we support are four aspiring vulnerable girls from Kibera who are obtaining a college education - an extremely rare opportunity for girls here. Indeed, just 42% of girls even reach secondary school here. Two of the girls are nursing students at the Kenya Medical Training College, while two of the girls are pursuing their Bachelors at universities in Nairobi. These promising girls have been selected by St. Vincent's based on their need, their dedication to the community and their drive to achieve their goals.

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