Kiamaiko is located in Mathare Valley. Its population is approximately 70,00 people (10,000 households with an average of 7 people per home). The predominant tribes are Somali, Ethiopian, and Kikuyu. The major religions in this community are Islam, Christianity, and African indigenous religions. The economic activities in the area are livestock keeping, buying and selling goat meat, and small-scale business. The houses are made of iron sheets and mud walls. Major challenges in the community include unemployment, crime, and drug addiction (especially among the youth), illiteracy, teenage pregnancies, and school truancy/drop out (especially for boys able to gain employment for low wages in the slaughter houses).
Our Kiamaiko center continues to grow steadily. In addition to providing education, the center's social workers and CHE trainers reach out to the community and evangelize to individuals, families, and groups. As a result, a church was planted in the community, and various development groups were established. During the center’s existence, the community has experienced remarkable improvements in security, household income, infrastructure, and sanitation. Community members are constructing permanent structures to replace temporary shanties, an indicator of increased hope and community-building.
Background & Current Status:
Date Opened: May 2009
Initial Number of Students: 63
Current Students: 1,135 (preschool through Grade 7)
Location: Kiamaiko village, Mathare Valley (serving Ghetto, Redeemed, Kiamaiko, and Huruma)
Center Manager: Isaac Nang'odia
Total Current Staff: 67 (including 47 teachers, 5 social workers, 1 CHE trainer, & 1 discipleship officer)
· Crossroads Christian Church (California)
· Summit Christian Church (Nevada)
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