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.
Nov 4, 2013

What Happens After Nursery School?

Building strong foundations for children
Building strong foundations for children

For 13 years, St. Vincent's Nursery School has provided approximately 85 young children each year with a healthy start through its education, feeding and support program. But many ask, what happens to these children after they leave our care? 

St. Vincent's support doesn't end with our nursery school -- that's merely the beginning of our engagement with needy families. After children graduate from the nursery school, we continue to be a resource to families and follow how children are doing. We do what we can with the little resources we have available to help families access the services they need for their children, making sure that the work we have done to give children a strong start is not lost. 

As part of this effort, we identify the most vulnerable children and families and help them to pay for school fees and supplies so that their children can be enrolled and stay in school after they leave our nursery school. In 2013, St. Vincent's is pleased to report that we have supported 24 children from primary to college level with scholarships that cover school fees and other associated costs. This support is a huge assistance to families; it helps keep children in the family while also ensuring continued access to education.  

As always, thank you for your continued support of our work in Kibera!

Nov 4, 2013

I've Been to Paris in My Dreams

Maureen
Maureen

In September, St. Vincent's sent four aspiring vulnerable girls to college - an extremely rare opportunity in Kibera where just 42% of girls even reach high school. One of these deserving girls was our very own, Maureen, who has called St. Vincent’s Rescue Center her home for the past five years.

Orphaned at age 7, Maureen has been with St. Vincent’s since she attended our nursery school as a young child. This year, we are so proud that her hard work and dedication to her studies has paid off as Maureen has been accepted to the United States International University where she is studying International Relations.

A compassionate and reliable ‘big sister’ to all of the children in our rescue center, Maureen plans to pursue a career with the United Nations where she can marry her passions of working with women and children, and her dreams of one day being able to travel the world.  Eventually, Maureen has her eyes set on an international diplomacy position with the government of Kenya. In addition to her studies, Maureen loves to salsa dance, read, listen to music and meet new people.  

Ask Maureen about her plans for the future, her eyes immediately light up and she tells you, ‘I have been to Paris many times before in my dreams. One day I want to go for real.’  

St. Vincent's has created a new microproject to help cover the tuition of Maureen and the three other girls we are supporting. Please check out the project here: https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/educate-and-feed-85-at-risk-kids-in-kibera-kenya/

Jul 29, 2013

Children Participate in St. Vincent's Sports Day

Sports Day
Sports Day

In high-density Kibera, open space is rare. For children attending school within Kibera, classrooms are compact and recess time confined to small, enclosed spaces where children typically play with tires and other homemade toys. Throughout the year, St. Vincent's hosts Sports Days to give our nursery school and rescue center children the chance to be active and play unconfined. These days are much anticipated by our children. 

On a sunny July morning, students were bussed to a local park along with teachers, older children from the rescue center, and many volunteers. Handmade balls wound with twine and tape, wooden blocks, and ropes filled both the free play time and were used for planned activities. Each child appeared enamored and occupied with the expanse of green grass, opportunity to freely chase and cartwheel, and the chance to win stickers, given out by Teacher Alice for small field day victories. Milk, biscuits, and oranges were handed out, as children waited patiently for their turn after rinsing their hands in water retrieved by volunteers. We wrapped up the day cleaning the green space, children picking up much more waste than belonged to them. The day ultimately left both children and park better than before. 

Sports Day Games
Sports Day Games
Sports Day - Open Space
Sports Day - Open Space
Sports Day - Children Drinking Milk
Sports Day - Children Drinking Milk

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