Project: St John's School, Kibera Slum

Nairobi, Kenya

St. John's primary school was started by Josiah Munyutu in the year 2002, with the aim of helping the orphans, street children and the poor. It now has over 450 students.

Goal #1. To completely renovate every classroom in the school, to create an environment for learning.  It is difficult to learn and concentrate in a classroom with minimal light, or a leaking roof. We want to change that. By giving each classroom a complete structural renovation, we will improve the quality of education and the future of these kids lives. 

Kibera is Africa's largest slum, with 800,000 people living in an area the size of New York Central Park. Most of Kibera slum residents live in extreme poverty, earning less than $1.00 per day. Unemployment rates are high. Persons living with HIV in the slum are many, as are AIDS cases. There are few schools, and most people cannot afford education for their children. 

"I am trying to put into words our visit to the school in Kibera yesterday. When we were here in 2017 and visited the markets on the fringe of Kibera, I remember feeling quite inspired about how enterprising people were. The labyrinth of narrow dirt lanes was busy with people in their shops  really getting on with things. 

But seeing the other side of life in the part of Kibera where St John’s is, was another matter all together.  The stream of jet black water we crossed, rubbish and plastic strewn everywhere and the smells of rotting rubbish & excrement was pretty confronting. When we eventually walked into the play area at St John’s it felt like a bit of a haven in a disaster zone. Clean - with not a bit of rubbish in sight and the sounds of kid’s voices in the classrooms.   Not sure when you were last there,  but the exterior mud walls of the classrooms have been painted an emerald  green - matching the kid’s green uniforms. They must be so proud of them. We visited several classrooms - the kids sang us songs and we joked about with them, pretending that Craig was chief 'Kuku', bringing all the chicken eggs. It was hard not to get upset. No tears thank god, but I felt pretty humbled at what the school manages to do for the kids with so little. " St John's School Donor on her visit in March, 2019

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Kibera Slum from the air. An area of 2.5 square Kms. 

Josiah, Katrina, Craig and Faulat after dropping off 900 eggs in March

Josiah, shortly after founding the school