St. Vincent de Paul Nursery School A DAY IN THE LIFE

An informal settlement located on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kibera is considered to be the largest urban slum in Africa.

Most of Kibera's residents live without access to electricity, running water, latrines or public sanitation. High rates of unemployment, alcoholism, HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence make children particularly vulnerable.

St. Vincent's Nursery School was established in 2000 to provide critical care and support for Kibera’s youngest children.
Today, the nursery school provides high quality education to approximately 90 children between the ages of three and seven.

The school day at St. Vincent's begins at 7:15 AM. Students walk to school from their homes in the nearby Kibera community.

They put away their belongings before heading to their classrooms.

Meanwhile, school cook Dorcas Mbea is busy preparing a morning meal of porridge for the children.

Before classes begin, students lead one another in a review of recent lessons.

Classes start at 8:15 AM with songs and morning prayers.

Students are divided into three classes based on age and receive instruction in English, Mathematics, Science and the Environment, Outdoor Activities, Religious Studies, and Swahili.

At 10:00 AM students take a break from their classes to have their morning meal of porridge and scones.

After eating, they help with clean up.

Recess gives students a chance to play and participate in group activities and games led by the teachers.

While the children play, staff and volunteers prepare their mid-day meals.

The children are fed a rotating menu of nutritious foods including green vegetables, maize, beans, cabbage and hard-boiled eggs.

With many of the children facing food insecurity in their homes, this meal will sustain them until they return to school the following morning.

After eating, the students are given time to take an afternoon nap.

Upon waking up, they have additional lessons and classroom activities.

3PM marks the end of the school day. Students gather their belongings and return to their homes in Kibera.

Become a supporter of St. Vincent's:

  • $250 will provide a teacher with school supplies for 1 year
  • $500 will provide school uniforms to 16 children
  • $1000 will provide 2 daily meals for 85 children for 1 month

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