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.
Sep 30, 2016

Food Brings Children to School

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St. Vincent's Nursery School Lunch Time

If you ask the teachers and parents at St. Vincent's Nursery School, they will tell you that one of the most important reasons that parents and caregivers send their children to our school is for the two meals they receive each day.

The typical St. Vincent parent/caregiver earns less than $2 per day. With this, they must feed their families (which on average consist of 5 people), pay rent and children's school fees, cover public transport fees (for those that work outside Kibera) and unexpected medical costs and pay for an array of other typical living expenses. It is easy to see why food is so constrained in these Kibera households. That is why children line up at 6am at the gates of our nursery school each day, eager for breakfast, as it is typically the first meal they have had since the lunch we fed them the day before.

Once in our doors, we are then able to provide children with other critically needed early childhood development services that help them to be grow happily and healthily. This includes early education and developmental play, health care services such as routine deworming and HIV testing, and ongoing protection and care. 

Please click here to check out our new video on St. Vincent's Nursery School Feeding Program. We would like to thank Gregory Walsh and The Forgotten International for helping us produce this video.

To learn more about St. Vincent's, visit our website at www.kiberachildren.org. And don't forget to like us on Facebook @ St. Vincent's Nursery School and Rescue Center.

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Sep 30, 2016

They Gave Me A Reason to Continue Living

Dennis - Age 21, St. Vincent
Dennis - Age 21, St. Vincent's Rescue Center

It is often the last hope for children in Kibera who have been abandoned, abused or orphaned with no relatives to care for them. At St. Vincent's Rescue Center, these children find a safe and caring home where their daily needs are met. Beyond that, the center provides children with a sense of family and equips them with the support and skills that build their sense of self worth despite the past traumas they have faced. 

St. Vincent's works with the government Department of Children's Services and with other community-based organizations to identify the most vulnerable children. They are provided emergency shelter at our center while we assess their situation and work with the authorities and with living relatives (if they exist), to determine the best way forward for each child. For some children, this means staying at St. Vincent's for a few weeks. For others, it means staying for years. Regardless of their length of stay, each child is treated as part of the St. Vincent's family.

Dennis came to the Rescue Center 5 years ago. He was orphaned and living on the streets trying to survive. Dennis says this about St. Vincent's Rescue Center:

When I was growing up, I didn't have a real family with me. Before I met St. Vincent's, I was staying in the streets. I didn't have a home. They gave me a home. They gave me a reason to continue living. 

Please click here to view the newly released video of St. Vincent's Rescue Center to see how your support has enabled Dennis and our other children to get the care and support needed and given them hope for their future. 

To learn more about St. Vincent's, visit our website at www.kiberachildren.org. And don't forget to follow us on Facebook @ St. Vincent's Nursery School and Rescue Center and on Instagram @ st.vincentskibera.

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Sep 30, 2016

What Can 1 Nurse Do in Kenya?

Priscilla, St. Vincent Nursing Student
Priscilla, St. Vincent Nursing Student

The shortage of doctors and nurses in Kenya has long inflicted the country. While nurses provide the bulk of direct patient care throughout the health system (they deliver babies and provide prenatal and postnatal care to mothers, administer HIV tests, provide treatment to those who test positive, and do a myriad of other tasks), there are just 19,500 nurses working in facilities across the country (not including private facilities). This works out to approximately 51 deployed nurses per 100,000 people in Kenya. This compares to 921 registered nurses per 100,000 people in the United States.

As the government has committed to hiring more nurses, the time for training nurses in Kenya is now. St. Vincent’s is excited to be supporting this effort by providing scholarships to nursing students. Currently, we have one student enrolled in a nursing program and one previous scholar who has completed the program – a small but important contribution to increase the number of nurses available to serve their communities. Our current scholar, Priscilla, is studying nursing at Kenyan Medical Training College. Like all of St. Vincent’s scholars who are living in poverty and have lost parents, this support enables Priscilla to pursue higher education in a field in which she is passionate.

Please click here to check out our new video, containing interviews with some of our college students and the impact of the support they have received. The video features Priscilla, Victoria and Levix who are studying education and Violet who is studying business at Jomo Kenyatta University. 

To learn more about St. Vincent's, visit our website at www.kiberachildren.org. And don't forget to follow us on Facebook @ St. Vincent's Nursery School and Rescue Center and on Instagram @ st.vincentskibera.

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