Educate and Feed 85 At-Risk Kids in Kibera, Kenya

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A Thank You to Our 'One Night' Supporters

On October 20th, St. Vincent's held its first Boston fundraising event, One Night for Their Future, at Middlesex Lounge. With over 30 supporting business and approximately 75 guests, we successfully raised over $11,000 for our operations! The event included a silent auction, raffle and live Skype chat with Director, Lucy Kayiwa. These funds will keep our doors open to the children and families we serve for several months! Many thanks for all those that helped to organize the event and of course, all those that contributed!  


Join us for an exciting evening of drinks, hors d'oeuvres, music and silent auction. 100% of proceeds will go to benefit our Nursery School and Rescue Center in Kibera, Kenya.


Event Information:

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011

Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Place: Middlesex Lounge

Location: 315 Massachussetts Ave. - Cambridge, MA (Central Square)


Registration Information:

Price: $25 in advance or $30 at the door

*Registration includes admission, food and entry in a door prize raffle. 


To Register:


You can register online with a credit card, through our U.S. based partner, One World Children's Fund. To register online, click here to navigate to the donation page and make a donation in the amount of the registration cost ($25 for one ticket). Please be sure to select "St. Vincent's Children of Kibera" in the Program Designation section AND type "Boston Event" in the Dedication section.


By Check:

Please make checks payable to One World Children's Fund. Include with your check, the names of those people you are registering. Please be sure to write "St. Vincent's Boston Event" in the check memo. Checks can be sent to One World Children's Fund at:

1012 Torney Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94129


At the Door:

You can register at the door for $30 with cash or check payable to One World Children's Fund.


For any other questions, please contact Christina Stellini at


We look forward to seeing you at the event!


You can help St. Vincent's win $1,000 just by casting your vote for our photo in the Global Giving 2011 Photo Contest! It's easy -- all you have to do is "like" our photo on Facebook and the photo with the most votes wins the $1,000! The contest is open until August 17th. Voting requires two steps: 1) Visit the Global Giving Facebook page and click on the "like" box at 2) Then, you must click "like" on our actual photo which is located here: Thank you for helping us win the competition! $1,000 goes a long way for our nursery school and rescue center in Kibera. For $1,000, we can cover the costs of two daily meals (at our nursery school) for 83 children.


Nursery School Students at Play
Nursery School Students at Play


Prolonged drought -- dubbed the worst in 60 years -- coupled with soaring global food prices and deteriorating livestock prices has caused a severe food crisis in East Africa (namely in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia). The crisis is characterized as the worst the world has seen since the Great Chinese Famine of the late 1950s. In Kenya, food shortages have reached critical levels and the Kenyan government has declared a national emergency.

While Northern Kenya has been particularly hard hit with a flood of refugees entering from Somalia, people throughout the country are also being affected by the soaring cost of food. In Nairobi’s already vulnerable informal settlements, where most households live on less than a dollar a day, families are unable to afford the cost of food.  
St. Vincent’s Response
St. Vincent’s is witnessing the effects of the crisis, as most families of our nursery school children are running out of food. Even under normal circumstances, the two daily meals that our nursery school children receive are sometimes the only meals during the week that children receive. On a typical day, we see children lining up at our gates up to an hour early, eager to receive their first meal of the day which is often times the first meal they've received since lunch the previous day. Under these circumstances, these children and their families are at even great risk.
St. Vincent’s is responding to the crisis by extending our school calendar by at least one week into the summer break so that children can continue to receive the two daily meals provided as part of our program. In addition to the school meals, St. Vincent’s has increased by 50% the number of HIV-affected nursery school families provided with take home food baskets.  Adequate food supply is particularly critical for HIV-affected families, as people taking ARVs require a balanced diet for the medication to be effective.


We would like to thank you, our donors, for making this added support possible. Every dollar donated to St. Vincent's goes directly to our programs and is critical to the continuation of our operations.


From May 9th-10th, St. Vincent’s hosted a medical camp at our nursery school site in coordination with Chamberlain College of Nursing (from Chicago, IL). Fifteen medical and nursing students attended to over 600 people who received medical services in the two days, including medical check-ups, VCT (voluntary counseling and testing for HIV), dental and eye examinations. Through this collaboration, St. Vincent's students, their parents and other community members benefited as they were treated and received drugs free of charge. The event was such a great success that we hope to host a second similar event in September.

****Other St. Vincent's News****

Nursery School Welcomes New Head Teacher

This term, the Nursery School welcomed a new Head Teacher. Jean Juma is a previous member of St. Vincent de Paul Society and has spent the last eight years working in Sudan and Somalia teaching in refugee camps.

St. Vincent's Increases Food Support to Families Affected by HIV/AIDS

Skyrocketing food prices in recent months have greatly affected many of our nursery school children and their families. Currently, many families have been forced to survive on one meal a day. Children often cry in the morning, and when asked if they have eaten they say they did not receive a meal the previous night. Most complain of stomach aches. In response, St. Vincent’s has identified the need to provide an increasing number of families with food rations, especially those affected by HIV/AIDS. These families are of particular concern, as the medication for HIV must be accompanied with food. St. Vincent’s provides twenty families a month with food rations. This represents a 50% increase in the number of families receiving food assistance from last year.

Education Support for St. Vincent Nursery School Alumni

In addition to the food rations, we also assist the families of some of the primary school going children who graduated from our nursery school by paying school fees. We currently pay school fees for eight children who have graduated from the nursery school.

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Lucy Kayiwa

Nairobi, Kenya

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