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Parishes working in Slums and Informal Settlements n Nairobi Central Deanery

  • Central Deanery - Parishes in Slums and Informal Settlements
  • Consolata Shrine - Westlands
  • Our lady Queen of Peace Parish - South B
  • Other parishes in the Deanery
  • Holy Family Basilica (Cathedral)
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria - South C
  • St. Paul - University Chapel
  • St. Peter Claver - Race Course
  • St. Francis Xavier - Parklands
  • St. Paul - University Chapel
  • St. Raphael - Kabete
  • St. Austin - St. Austin
  • Mary Help of christians - Upper Hill
  • Parishes in Slums and Informal Settlements in Nairobi West Deanery
  • Nairobi Ruaraka Deanery - Parishes in Slums and Informal Settlements
  • Nairobi Eastlands Deanery - Parishes in Slums and Informal Settlements
  • Nairobi Makadara Deanery - Parishes in Slums and Informal Settlements O

Our Lady Consolata Shrine Parish- Westlands

BACKGROUND OF CONSOLATA SHRINE PARISH
The presence of the Consolata missionaries in Westlands started in 1953. It began as a chaplaincy meant especially for the many Italians who after the war had decided to settle in Eastern Africa. It was not a simple chaplaincy but it acted as a real parish for the Italian community, even though it was not considered a territorial parish of the Archdiocese of Nairobi.
The plot was big and since the beginning there was a plan of using it for three main activities, namely:

¢ Pastoral and Religious services
¢ Consolata Missionaries headquarters
¢ Schools

Making the dream come true
The Consolata Missionaries in Kenya had all been taken prisoners during the war and deported. Their missionary work had been at a standstill for a number of years. In the beginning of the hostilities they made a vow to the Lord and to our Lady Consolata that if they all survived the war and returned safely to their mission stations, they would build a memorial church to our lady.

And they did return to Kenya. Furthermore, during the Mau Mau, the missionaries never left their posts deep inside Mau Mau controlled territory and again their lives were spared and their work was not hindered. In the minds of the missionaries it became a question of honour and fidelity that the vow should be fulfilled as soon as possible.

In 1963 Kenya finally attained its independence and the time was ripe not only for the vow to be fulfilled, but also for a step to be taken on behalf of the local residents by creating the structures necessary for a parish to be born. The Italian community and a number of non-Italians who were already requesting that the parish be created in Westlands joined the Consolata Missionaries in order to make the dream come true. The missionaries were willing to give life to the project and the parishioners and friends were ready to look for funds.

On 3rd April 1971, the then Archbishop of Nairobi Maurice Otunga, consecrated the new church and declared it a geographical parish of the Archdiocese. The Consolata Missionaries had fulfilled their vow to show their gratitude for the protection of Our Lady Consolata in times of great distress, and the people had their parish.

A further step was still envisaged whose implementation depended not on us but on the ecclesiastic authorities. That is, the elevation of the church to the status of a Shrine. After studying the implications, the Consolata Fathers, brothers and sisters, and the Consolata parishioners decided to approach His Eminence Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga who gratuitously agreed to take all the steps necessary to declare Consolata Church a Shrine dedicated to our lady Consolata. In 1991, His Eminence himself came to our church and elevated it to a Shrine.
As a Shrine, Consolata prides itself in maintaining a high level of decorum in all liturgical celebrations, in being a haven of tranquility for those who wish to stop and pray in the Adoration Chapel, providing the ministry of reconciliation at the times most convenient to the penitents, and especially in giving special emphasis to all the celebrations in honour of Our Lady and promoting the devotion to Mary our Mother.

Community of Faith
As a parish it is committed to creating a living and mature community of faith with all the ministries needed for its growth. The priests, the religious, the parish council, the committees, groups and associations, the small Christian Communities are all alive and active and willing to answer all the needs of the community. Over the past few years, we have also deepened our commitment on behalf of the less fortunate members of our parish especially those living in places like Masai, Suswa and Deep Sea are our concern, hence the Consolata Youth Rehabilitation Programme (COYREP) was created, a dispensary was set up for the sick, a nursery school is catering to the little ones, houses are being built for the needy, sanitation is being provided, and so forth. The Lord and His Blessed Mother is being good to us.

This short text would be very incomplete if mention was not made of Kileleshwa. A church at Kileleshwa was our dream until the 1990s when finally land was acquired and the church was built; it is now a parish in miniature even though fully omitted to all the activities and plans of Consolata Shrine.

We know that there is always room for improvement and we also know that
"It is the Lord who gives the growth."1 Cor 3:6. Even so, we are proud of our achievements and ready to continue.

CONSOLATA YOUTH REHABILITATION PROGRAMME (COYREP)
Consolata Youth Rehabilitation Programme (COYREP) is a legally recognized NGO (Non Governmental Organization) registered in August 2001 by the Government of Kenya. The organization is operating at Consolata Shrine parish offices in Westlands, Nairobi.

COYREP is headed by a Board linked to the Parish Council, which includes professional volunteers. It focuses its efforts on offering hope and a future to the youth of Westlands slums and street youth through promotion of Education, Health, Empowerment and Development.

Every year, its services are benefiting an average of 100 street youth, 80 nursery children, 30 slum youth and 30 young poor single mothers, all of whom are identified within the Westlands vicinity. COYREP services reach out to slums locally named "Masai", "Suswa", and "Deep Sea", and other poor settlements of the area whose living situation is dramatic.

The programme gets resources from well-wishers in and outside Kenya notably local parishioners and volunteers from abroad. Assistance is always welcome both in cash and in kind, which is channeled to the relevant project within the organization. We focus on the following areas:

1. Education
COYREP has initiated education projects to benefit the poor in the Westlands area. The aim is to provide basic education for children and to enable others continue their education in primary and secondary schools.
The following are the specific activities:
¢ COYREP runs a Nursery school at the Deep Sea slum and it already caters for over 70 children every year.
¢ Sponsorship for slum children to primary schools.
¢ Sponsorship of slums' youth and street children to colleges and vocational courses.
¢ Organizing workshops and seminars on life challenging topics for the youth of the slums and the street such as on HIV/AIDS and moral and behavioral changes.

2. Health
COYREP has organized a team of medical professional volunteers (doctors and nurses)
to facilitate delivery of health and medical services to the poor of the area.

Coyrep is operating a clinic at Suswa with fulltime nurse and a doctor who visits once every week. Currently, an average of 400 patients receive treatment on various illnesses including malaria, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS among others. Through medical professionals, referrals are made to established hospitals for the more serious medical cases

We hope to improve the clinic facilities in order to provide a spectrum of basic curative, preventive and promotive health care services such as maternity, AIDS awareness and a laboratory,

3. Empowerment
COYREP has planned activities that involve the disadvantaged in economically gainful projects, which provide them with sustenance, self-esteem and growth to become responsible citizens. COYREP has the following economic empowerment projects :

A craft centre for the youth to provide various handicrafts marketed locally and overseas, and an African fashion centre for women to produce artistic textile items for the same market.

4. Street Children
COYREP has for a number of years been involved in the rehabilitation of Westlands street children. The following are the activities currently in progress:

  • Feeding programme for an average of 100 young street children;
  • Moral and spiritual rehabilitation through talks and follow-ups;
  • Recreation activities such as football, drama and indoor games;
  • Placement with children homes and vocational institutions or schools;
  • Integration of rehabilitated street children with their parents;
  • Cleanliness through provision of clean water and clothing.

For more information, please contact:
The Parish Priest,
Consolata Shrine, P.O. Box 14930 00800, Tel: (020) 4442417 Fax: (020) 4445264 Email: consolatashrine@wananchi.com orcoyrepke@yahoo.co.uk Website: www.consolatashrine.org