St. Catherine’s Primary School is situated in Nairobi South “b” area. It was set up in the early 2000s to encourage children from the slum to get an education. The school has had its challenges: land grabbing is common in Kenya and at one point locally respected, Irish nun, Sr Mary Killeen, stood in front of a line of riot police with tear gas to save the school. In 2013/14 a beautiful new school was built by the Niall Mellon foundation.
Currently the school has around 1500 students, all living in the Mukuru slum. Shortly after the school was set up another Irish Sister, Sr. Barbara, set up The Mercy Institute Support Service. There are many barriers for children to attend school, this office was set up to address them through the following projects.
To help those from Mukuru Slum as best as we can in a way that is sustainable and does not create dependency.