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 19, 2013

Holiday Food Baskets Support Vulnerable Families

Since the beginning of the first school term in January 2013, students at St. Vincent’s Nursery School had been sharing with the teachers that they are hungry when they come to school each morning. Some of the children were unable to join the class until they received their porridge, a meal intended to be given in the late morning.

Due to rampant inflation and the rising cost of living in Kenya, many families served by St. Vincent’s have had a hard time providing food for their families. Many of the parents of the nursery school students have admitted that the only sure meals their children can depend on are the ones served at the school. With the support of the GlobalGiving holiday food basket microproject, St. Vincent’s was able to surprise families with an Easter package in April 2013. The school provided food packages that would last the families the entire 5-day Easter holiday. The nutritious package included two kilograms of rice, beans, maize, green grams (vegetables), maize flour and porridge flour.

To ensure that each household received its package, each parent was invited to pick up their portion from school. No parent missed this opportunity and some were even accompanied by their neighbors who hoped to benefit from any leftovers the organization had. The parents were very grateful and thanked St. Vincent’s for providing them with food at a time they desperately needed it.

On behalf of the children and community members that St. Vincent’s serves, we would like to pass our appreciation to GlobalGiving for providing the opportunity to support our community with funds contributed by kind donors. We would also like to extend our appreciation to each and every person who made a contribution to make the ‘Holiday Food Basket for Vulnerable Families’ a reality. Thank you all and may you be blessed.

Mar 20, 2013

The Power of Educating Girls

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St. Vincent's Rescue Center

The far-reaching advantages of educating girls are well proven – for girls themselves, but also for their families and for whole nations.  Girls who stay in school marry later, have fewer children and have children later, thus avoiding medical complications due to early pregnancy, which are the leading cause of death among girls age 15-19 worldwide. An educated girl invests 90% of earned income in her family, compared to 35% for a boy.  When 10% more girls attend secondary school, a country’s per capita income increases by an estimated 3%.

 

Despite the strong evidence about the impact of investing in girls, access to education remains a challenge for many girls in Kenya. Just 36% of girls in Kenya are enrolled in secondary (high) school.  

 

Obvious barriers exist – for instance tuition fees and the need to purchase one’s own school supplies (e.g., uniforms, textbooks, etc.) -- that hinder many girls from enrolling and staying in primary and secondary schools. These factors are compounded by less obvious barriers. Among them is children’s ability to get to and from school safely. In urban areas like Kibera, the walk to school – in particular for girls – can be dangerous. Girls in Kenya, and in Kibera specifically, are highly vulnerable to sexual violence: 32% of Kenyan girls experience sexual abuse during their childhood.

 

It is this problem that spurred St. Vincent’s to strategize ways to keep our girls safe as they are accessing education. With the start of the 2013 school year (in January), 10 of St. Vincent’s Rescue Centre girls were enrolled in boarding schools outside of Kibera to give them the opportunity to go to school without having to be exposed to the many dangers posed in Kibera. The girls return to the Rescue Centre on school breaks and where possible, have been placed in the same schools and those in proximity to extended families.   

 

The girls are excited about their new schools and all are doing well. St. Vincent’s conducts visits to check up on them regularly and track their school performance and overall wellbeing. 

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St. Vincent's Rescue Center

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Feb 14, 2013

LOVE St. Vincent's this Valentine's Day!

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St. Vincent's Rescue Center

What are you doing this Valentine's Day?

Take a minute to vote for St. Vincent's Nursery School & Rescue Center's work to promote LOVE for vulnerable children and families in Kibera, Kenya

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St. Vincent's mission is to build a society where all children receive the necessary LOVE and care essential to survive and thrive. We promote love by treating both children and parents with the love and respect needed to flourish. 

We are thrilled that this work has been recognized by The Fetzer Institute. St. Vincent's has been selected to participate in the What In The World Are You Doing? contest for its work to promote love and forgiveness. 

With YOUR vote, we have the chance to win $5,000.

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Vote NOW until February 28th. It's easy and free! 

  • Go to St. Vincent's entry page (see link below) 
  • Vote by clicking LOVE IT! 

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The NGO or nonprofit organization that gets the most votes by midnight EST February 28, 2013 will be awarded $5,000 for being the MOST LOVED!

And as always, thank you for your support!


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