William Coates are Proud to Support the St Catherine Children & Educational Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.
William Coates have been supporting the St Catherine Children & Educational Centre, Nairobi, Kenya for the past 8 years and we are one of their main lines of support. Located in the heart of Kibera, the biggest slum in Nairobi and one of the largest slums in the whole of Africa, the school and orphanage CHN St. Catherine Children and Educational Centre is taking care of about 300 pupils and 30 orphans. Organized as a self-help group by the inhabitants of Kibera, St. Catherine receives no support from outside institutions, therefore relies totally on sponsorship and donations.
St. Catherine was founded in the year 2000 by Pastor James Onyango and his wife Cyprine. Because of the many orphans in the community, they decided to give those children an opportunity by offering a preschool. More and more children from the neighbourhood joined, so that step by step a fully Kenyan Preschool and Primary School for grades 1-8 as were created.
The Orphanage was constructed in 2006, when three siblings lost both of their parents to Aids within a six month period. There were no relatives who could take care of them, so a room in the school was prepared for them. Further orphans were adopted during the subsequent years, which lost their families to poverty, AIDS, or violence.