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Patmos Junior School, [Nairobi]

Patmos Junior School was started in 2007 by Headmaster Richard Wanjala and a group of dedicated local community members in Mathare slums of Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya. Hundreds of thousands of people reside in the city’s slums, and Mathare is considered to be one of the largest and poorest slums in Africa and home to more than half a million people, of which 300,000 are children. There is a high rate of unemployment in Mathare and 80% of people survive on casual jobs. As a result, many young children are left unattended during the day while parents are seeking work.

These children face unspeakable conditions; they are the victims of gross poverty, crime, violence and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The public schools are severely congested and most people cannot afford to send their children to private schools. Patmos provides a safe haven and opportunity for orphans and vulnerable children to have access to a Christian education, healthcare and a daily meal. Richard and his staff are committed to the children at Patmos and firmly believe that giving these children the opportunity for an education can help break the cycle of poverty that pervades their community.

In 2015, Patmos has approximately 100 students enrolled, ages 3 to 15 years with a nursery class and grades all the way up to seventh grade. Orphan Outreach partners with Patmos in providing strategic planning, expertise and support, including assistance with teacher salaries, food, curriculum and books, shoes, clothing, school supplies and other urgent needs. Orphan Outreach has also assisted with the the purchase of two classrooms, some renovations and a much needed connection to the main water supply, which allows for clean drinking water and proper sanitation facilities.

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