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Patmos Junior School, [Nairobi]


Patmos Junior School offers more than an education to students in grades pre-K through 8th grade in the Mathare Slum of Nairobi, Kenya. It provides Christ-centered counseling, nutritious meals, medical care, and safe haven to orphaned and vulnerable children living in one of Africa’s largest and poorest slums. The goal of Patmos is to break the cycle of poverty that pervades the community.

The children attending Patmos Junior School face unspeakable conditions; they are the victims of gross poverty, crime, violence and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Unemployment is high in Mathare Slum, 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. 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 orphaned and vulnerable children to have access to a Christian education, healthcare and two meals daily.

Orphan Outreach partners with Patmos, providing strategic planning, best practice expertise, and support for staff salaries, food, curriculum and books, school supplies, and more. We have also assisted with the purchase of both classrooms and property so that more children may be served by the ministry. Support is provided through sponsorships and church partnerships, and mission teams offer teaching, mentorship, and community outreach to the families of students.

Patmos Junior School was started in 2007 by Headmaster Richard Wanjala and a group of dedicated local community members residing in Mathare Slum. Mathare is considered to be one of the largest and poorest slums in Africa. It is home to more than half a million people, of which 300,000 are children.

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  • Approximately 40 million people live in Kenya
  • 71% of the population lives below the poverty level
  • UNICEF estimates that there are more than 2.6 million orphans in Kenya, of those 1.2 million have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS (*2009)
  • 1 million orphans are living either in the streets, with the villagers, or with relatives in Kenya.
  • Few children, and even fewer girls, complete their schooling - resulting in many mothers and now widows with little or no skills to support their children.
  • Although Kenya has recently seen economic growth, around 11 million people are still undernourished and a major part of the country's population is unable to meet their daily calorie requirements. Floods and droughts continue to have a severe impact on the availability of food, particularly in semi-nomadic zones.
  • Another public health concern for young children in Kenya continues to be malaria, which kills around 26,000 children under the age of five every year. Child mortality is high at 84 per 1,000 live births.
  • An increasingly high number of households in Kenya are headed by children. These female-headed households and child-headed households are more likely to experience high levels of poverty.
  • Young children are often obliged to work instead of being able to go to school as they have to put food on the table for an entire family.
  • In Nairobi, an estimated 130,000 children live in the streets as a result of poverty, family neglect and social discrimination. Many of them are forced into exploitative child labour and eventually even commercial sex work. At present, an estimated 10,000 children have been caught up in the sex trade, particularly in the country's coastal regions. Many children resort to prostitution as a way to make a living.Birth Rate: 29.09 births/1,000 population