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.
Jun 15, 2015

St. Vincent's Ensures Access to HIV Testing

In Kibera, it is estimated that approximately 20% of people are living with HIV. This is much greater than the approximate 4% of people living with HIV in the greater Kenyan population.

In response to this health concern, St. Vincent's orchestrates HIV testing for all newly admitted children to our nursery school on an annual basis. The goal of this testing is to enable St. Vincent's and the families we serve to know the health status of our children and ultimately to monitor and support the health of all children under our care.

In collaboration with the Lea Toto health clinic, 29 newly admitted nursery school children received a rapid HIV test this year. In advance of the testing, parents/caretakers participated in a counseling/information session with our nursery school administration team to learn about the importance of testing and knowing their children's status, to share information about the necessary care for HIV-positive children and to discuss the importance of good nutrition, particularly for children living with HIV. This counseling is essential for preparing parents and gaining buy-in for the testing, as there still exists a stigma associated with HIV in our community. This stigma has previously led some parents to deny their children's HIV status for fear of rejection in the community. When this occurs, children do not receive adequate care for their HIV status. Following testing, St. Vincent's works with families of HIV-positive children to help them accept the results, understand how to care for their children (e.g., recognizing symptoms of opportunistic infections, accessing proper nutrition, etc.) and seek medical care early.

This year, we are so grateful that all of our children tested negative for HIV. We hope that this is symbolic of the ongoing efforts in the community to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV in Kibera.

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Feb 18, 2015

Safety and Shelter for Children of Kibera

     St. Vincent’s Nursery School recently selected thirty vulnerable children in need of safety and shelter for the incoming

school year. These children range between the ages of three to seven years old and are selected by our school social

worker. New children are chosen from five surrounding villages within the slums of Kibera which include: Gatweka,

Soweto, Kianda, Kisumu ndogo and Riala. Interviews take place within the children’s homes as a part of the selection

process for admission. These interviews are conducted to provide us with useful information about children who get

admitted into our Nursery School.


     All of our children live under difficult circumstances and extreme poverty within the slum settlements. Most of the

children that are accepted into our Nursery School have been orphaned, often due to HIV/AIDS, or have experienced

abuse and neglect in their homes. Fortunately, these children now have access to two nutritious meals a day, a better

education and medical attention. St. Vincent strives to give children a safe and loving environment while giving them the

hope and the determination to pursue a higher education. The new members of our Nursery School are very happy to

have found a safe learning environment where they can get the attention and the love they need.

Feb 9, 2015

Educate and Feed

     The St. Vincent’s Nursery School held an event for eighty five vulnerable children in Kibera, Kenya. The purpose of this

event was to provide meals for children who have been orphaned or whose parents are unable to provide proper

nutrition. Children received staple foods, which included: rice, flour, maize flour, sugar and oil. These distributions are

extremely important for our nursery school families, particularly those affected by HIV. The food baskets were meant to

last each child approximately one week. With prices consistently rising in Kibera, it is difficult for families and orphans to

obtain adequate food throughout the year.

     Typically, children at our Nursery School receive two meals per day while school is in session, and are usually the only

meals children have access to each day. This event made it possible for struggling children at our Nursery School to stay

fed even when they return home after school. Volunteers from St. Vincent’s Rescue Center were present and participated

by putting food baskets together and serving goods to children. The children were grateful and joyous throughout the

event and truly appreciated the goods that were given to them and their families.    

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