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 12, 2012

St. Vincent's Director Honored as Keynote Speaker in San Francisco

Lucy Kayiwa and Nursery School Student
Lucy Kayiwa and Nursery School Student

We are excited to announce that our Director, Ms. Lucy Kayiwa, or 'Mama Lucy' as they call her in Kibera, has been selected as the keynote speaker at an upcoming event in San Francisco, California hosted by One World Children's Fund.

On November 16th, Lucy will share her experience to the estimated 400 guests in establishing and running St. Vincent's Nursery School and Rescue Center in Kibera, the population that St. Vincent's serves and the challenges that the organization and the families face in ensuring orphans and other vulnerable children in Kibera have the resources to survive and thrive.

This event will provide great exposure for St. Vincent's at a time when the organization is working hard to attract institutional support from foundations and companies in both Kenya and abroad to help keep operations running.

For more information on the event, please click here

And thank you for your continued support!

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Aug 8, 2012

Do You Have 30 Seconds Today? You Can Help St. Vincent's Nursery School Win $1,000....

Photo Contest Photo
Photo Contest Photo

We just timed it.....and in about 30 seconds, you can help St. Vincent's win $1,000. All it takes is a few clicks of your mouse and it won't cost you a dime!

For the second year in a row, St. Vincent's has been selected as a finalist in the Global Giving Photo Contest. The Global Giving project whose photo receives the most votes will be awarded $1,000.

With this amount, St. Vincent's can cover the school fees of 35 children to attend our Nursery School for an ENTIRE YEAR!

At the time of writing this report, our photo is in 6th place --- we have until August 15th to collect votes. So, please take a few seconds out of your day to help us out. 

Click on the following link to cast your vote.

http://www.globalgiving.org/poll/vote/?pollOptionId=22

And don't forget to ask your friends and family to help out too!

 

Many thanks for your continued support,

Lucy Kayiwa, Director

www.kiberachildren.org

Jun 4, 2012

The Safety Net Approach

Medical Camp
Medical Camp

St. Vincent's Helps Vulnerable Children Access Critical Care: Lilian's Story 

During a recent St. Vincent's board meeting in April, a young girl came to St. Vincent’s with sadness on her face. Although the girl refused to speak, St. Vincent’s learned through her cousin, Peterson, who accompanied her, that the girl’s name was Lilian and she was a double orphan, having lost both of her parents.

Peterson explained to St. Vincent’s that they came to seek financial assistance to help Lilian undergo a needed operation to remove a tumor that had been detected during recent medical tests. Lilian’s family tried to seek support from friends and relatives in the Kibera community to cover the Ksh 100,000 (approximately $1,200 USD) procedure, but had failed to collect even a quarter of the needed amount.  In the meantime, Lilian dropped out of school due to her condition.

The family then learned about St. Vincent’s through another local school, Shine Academy. St. Vincent’s has become known in the community as a trusted, reliable resource to which people can go when they are in urgent need of support. Weekly meetings open to the community, such as the one Lilian and her cousin attended, help identify those families in greatest need and St. Vincent’s works with families to identify solutions and harnesses its networks to ensure families are connected to additional services when needed. Through this approach, St. Vincent's program creates a safety net for families in the community so that they are able to continue caring for the children. 

On their first visit, St. Vincent’s encouraged Lilian and Peterson to try to raise the additional amount needed by holding a fundraiser in one of the local public spaces easily accessible to friends and relatives.  The pair returned weeks later, reporting that despite their efforts, they were still unable to secure the necessary amount. And now, the cost of surgery had been increased due to its urgency. With no other viable options available and the need for the surgery immediate, the board members promptly decided that St. Vincent's would contribute the balance so that Lilian could proceed with having the surgery without further delay.

Two weeks later, Lilian and Peterson once again came to the board meeting, this time around with good news. The operation had been successful and Lilian now had hopes to return to school. Lillian shared with the board her future ambitions to become a doctor so that she could save lives for the less fortunate in the community. Lilian has since been enrolled in St. Catherine Nangina Girls boarding primary school in Western Province, Kenya where she is in Class 6.

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Healing the Sick: St. Vincent's Collaborates with Family Hope Charity & Chamberlain College to Host Free Medical Clinic

In early May, St. Vincent’s collaborated with Family Hope Charity (Chicago, IL) and Chamberlain College of Nursing to host a free, two-day medical camp for the Kibera community at St. Vincent’s Nursery School in Olympic Estate, Kibera. The medical team comprised 23 medical experts from the United States, four local doctors and five clinical nurses. A team of 18 local volunteers supported the team with translation.

Mildred Wesonga, a local high school student who attended the medical camp commented: “Here, the personnel were very friendly to me and for the first time, I find this very relaxing. As from experience, most of the doctors I have visited were not friendly to me in the local clinics in Kibera. My prayer is that we should have more of these camps annually to help us community members.”  Mildred attended the camp because of ongoing chest pains she had been experiencing.

An interview with one of the nursing students working at the camp, Carolyn Lay, says of the event, “It was really good to give a listening ear to people as they tell you what ails them and by the end of the day, the trust they all have in you…. But for me, the most inspiring thing was to give education to the sick people who showed up.”

A total of 576 children and families received medical and dental care and treatment at the event.  

Medical Camp
Medical Camp
Medical Camp
Medical Camp
St. Vincent
St. Vincent's Hosts Medical Camp
Medical Camp
Medical Camp
 

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