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.
Apr 16, 2014

'30-Love'

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St. Vincent's Children at Tennis Practice

In the packed slum of Kibera, it is quite rare for children to have the opportunity to participate in organized sports. With the help of St. Vincent's, 14 children are getting a unique chance to learn and play tennis. For the past 6 years, St. Vincent's has supported children to participate in weekly lessons with Coach Joe in Nairobi. The participating children come both from St. Vincent's Rescue Center, as well as from St. Vincent's community outreach activities. In addition to its physical benefits, the tennis program offers children the chance to have fun while acquiring confidence skills and a sense of commitment and pride all in a protected setting. 

One of these tennis athletes is 12-year old, Grace, who has grown up with St. Vincent's. A graduate of our Nursery School, Grace and her family continue to receive support from St. Vincent's as part of our community outreach program. Grace lives with her mother and sister who was permanently injured several years ago in a train accident that took her left leg. With extremely limited access to resources for children with disabilities available in Kibera, Grace's mother struggles to care for her girls while simultaneously earning enough money to attend to the girls' basic needs. St. Vincent's support enables Grace to attend school and to participate in the tennis team, despite her mother's inability to pay fees.

Upon being introduced to tennis, Grace quickly developed a love for the game. She joined the tennis program from the outset and has been an active member of her team for the past six years, during which she has honed her skills in the game. In December, Grace was invited to join the team at a tournament in Mombasa, 480 km from Kibera. With St. Vincent's support, Grace was able to participate in the tournament. Toting a trophy in her hands, Grace proudly returned to St. Vincentt's following the tournament to report on her adventure and of course, to show off her trophy!

Agnes is ready to take her serve
Agnes is ready to take her serve
Grace shows off her trophy
Grace shows off her trophy
Feb 18, 2014

Fighting Hunger in Kibera

Families receive staple foods over summer break
Families receive staple foods over summer break

In December 2013, 63 families eagerly convened in the courtyard of St. Vincent’s Nursery School in Kibera to participate in our second annual holiday food basket distribution. The purpose of the food basket initiative is to ensure that St. Vincent's nursery school families have available nutritious food supplies during the school summer break. 

Weekly home visits conducted throughout the year by our Head Teacher, Alice, indicate that the majority of nursery school children are highly dependent on the two daily meals provided by St. Vincent’s Nursery School. Many of our children experience hunger during the weekends and holidays when school is not in session. With the price of food supplies continuing to soar in Kibera, the 6-week summer holiday in December and January is particularly challenging for families and leave many unable to provide food for their children.

All nursery school families were invited to participate in the day’s events. Participants received a hot meal prepared by St. Vincent’s cook, Dorcas, as well as a package of food that included maize flour, porridge flour, cooking oil, wheat flour, rice and sugar.  Parents expressed their relief and appreciation through a song and dance. 

The day’s event was organized by St. Vincent’s through the support of a generous private donor, as well as with the support of Kenya Commercial Bank.

Baskets include flour, sugar, oil, rice & porridge
Baskets include flour, sugar, oil, rice & porridge
63 families benefit from food basket distribution
63 families benefit from food basket distribution
Families receive hot lunch during distribution
Families receive hot lunch during distribution
Families receive hot lunch during distribution
Families receive hot lunch during distribution
Jan 23, 2014

We Reached Our Goal!

Violet and Maureen
Violet and Maureen

In October 2013, we set out to raise $10,000 to support a new initiative of St. Vincent's: girls' college education. In three short months, with the help of generous donors like you, we surpassed our goal, raising $10,040 to support Maureen, Violet, Angela and Melissa to pursue their dreams of attending college.

With these funds, St. Vincent can cover the girls' tuition and other school fees for an entire year. This is an amazing step for these special girls, who live in a community where less than half make it through high school.

We thought the best way to thank you would be to have the girls do it directly. Maureen is one of the scholarship beneficiaries and also lives at St. Vincent's Rescue Center in Kibera. Maureen is 19 and was born in Kibera, Kenya. She came to St. Vincent's as a student at our nursery school -- a pioneer of the program. In 2002, just as she was finishing the nursery school program at age 7, Maureen’s mother passed away. Maureen went to live with a woman in Nairobi until the age of 13, when she was brought to live at our rescue center. A bright and passionate young woman, Maureen skillfully balances her new role as a college student, with her ongoing household responsibilities, with an impressive sense of vigor and dedication.

Here's what Maureen had to say about her experience: 

I am Maureen, a beneficiary of Saint Vincent De Paul. Am currently staying at the Rescue House in Nairobi Kenya. I stay there with 20 more children all of whom are supported by the organization. I started staying there in 2008. Thanks to the support of Saint Vincent I am now in the United States International University in my first year. There Is no permanent donor for the society but thanks to the well wishers and donors I am where I am now.

 In the university I am currently taking International Relations. I enjoy my studies a lot there. My favorite class is Spanish class. I plan to take it as my minor. I will be going for my second semester come January. When I complete the three years I would like to be a diplomat to any Spanish speaking country in particular or work with the United Nations in International Community Development in different countries. I really enjoy being in school and I thank God for Saint Vincent and the benefactors and generous donors. I hope I will be able to complete my three years successfully in USIU.

On behalf of Maureen, Violet, Melissa and Angela, we would like to thank you for your support of this unique and importand inititative.

 
   

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