ABOUT THE VALLEY
ABOUT THE SCHOOL
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
Nations describes Mathare as the most brutal slum in Africa. It is the
oldest slum in Nairobi. Over 500,000 people live in about 2 square miles
in mud, corrugated tin, and block houses. An average house of 10’x10’
holds 10 people. Most homes have no electricity, water or sewage
facilities. Even to walk in the valley is a chance of contacting some
disease. Many people use plastic bags for toilets. These bags are thrown
throughout the valley and in the small river that runs through the
valley. People use the water from the river for drinking and bathing.
You can imagine the possibilities of disease from such contamination!
very prevalent in the valley. Thousands of children are left without
parents yearly. Malaria, typhoid, typhus, cholera, and malnutrition
claim the lives of many of the children before the age of 5.
disease, people of the valley struggle daily with violence. Gangs rule
areas and demand payment for protection. Young girls are constantly in
fear of rape and abuse. Boys are often tempted to steal or join gangs
for protection. In the past, gangs have killed hundreds of people and
burnt homes and property.
the top priority of the valley. Young children walk the streets and
garbage dumps looking for food. Parents despairingly try to work or
peddle their wares. They are often forced to leave their children on
the streets alone or with an older sibling. The average income is $1.00
environment makes it difficult for children to receive an education or
health care. Only the strongest survive!
Centre is a Christian school located in Mathare. Rev. Gilbert Amino and
his wife Dorna became burdened by the poverty of the area when they
visited some of their church families. They prayed that God would show
them a way to minister to the people. In 1995, they started sharing
powered soup with the people. Dorna, a schoolteacher, recognized the
need of education and expanded the soup ministry to include a small
school of 9 children. After her death, Patrick Lumumba, her son-in-law
and former teacher at the International School in Nairobi, took over as
headmaster in 1997. Through his excellent leadership, the school has
expanded to include over 700 students in primary school, secondary
school, and vocational training.
provides a mid-day meal, a quality education, and spiritual
encouragement and offers hope in this dismal environment. Teachers work
hard to make each child feel their self-worth. Patrick Lumumba
constantly tells the students they are “second to none”. They have
proven him correct in their national placements in music, drama,
academics, and sports!
is full of happy children, loving teachers, and daily encouragement for
each child! This is their hope to face their future.
Care Centre is supported by the generous donations of several groups
around the world. The Mercy Care Centre Foundation was formed by
friends in America of various denominations and vocational skills to
help provide a tax deductible organization to give moral and financial
support to the school. The school provides a quarterly report of their
progress and maintains a
blogsite for current happenings at the
school. Mercy Care Centre Foundation shares these reports through
newsletters throughout the year. Many donors have traveled to MCC and
shared in the daily tasks of the school. The foundation provides some
of the operating funds, capital funds for buildings, revenue for a
medical clinic, and assistance in child and teacher sponsorships. Often
they provide money for parties, competition, and teacher retreats.
foundation is managed by a volunteer board of directors who meet monthly
to plan ways of assisting the school. Expenses of the foundation are
very minimal so that most all of the money given to the foundation goes
directly to the school.