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Slum Parishes in Nairobi East Deanery
Kasarani Division has the largest number of slums in Nairobi.

  • Nairobi East Deanery - Parishes in Slums and Informal Settlements Holy Trinity - Kariobangi St. John - Korogocho
  • Dandora - Holy Cross Parish
  • St. Jude Thaddaeus - Doonholl
  • Christ the King - Embakasi
  • Assumption of mary - Umoja
  • Our Lady of the Holy Rosary - Ikinu
  • Our Lady of the Holy Rosary - Tinganga
  • Our Lady of Victory - Lioki
  • St. Vincent De Paul - Kamulu
  • St. Monica - Njiru
  • Divine Mercy - Kariobangi South
  • Divine Word - Kayole
  • St. Joachim and Ann - Soweto
  • St. Joseph Freinademetz - Ruai
  • Nairobi West Deanery - Parishes in Slums and Informal Settlements in
  • Nairobi Central Deanery - Parishes in Slums and Informal Settlements
  • Nairobi Makadara Deanery - Parishes in Slums and Informal Settlements
  • Nairobi Ruaraka DeaneryParishes in Slums and Informal Settlements

Holy Trinity - Kariobangi Parish
History of the parish

The Catholic Mission Kariobangi can trace its beginnings way back in 1961 when the Holy Ghost Missionaries started to approach the then remote area for prayer and follow up of the Catholics that had originally settled in the area from upcountry in search of work.

It is recorded that some priests were already celebrating Mass in the area of Babadogo, which by now has become the autonomous Parish of Sacred Heart of Jesus.

In 1966 a missionary priest called Fr. Thomas Meagher CSSP started to celebrate Mass in the Social hall of Kariobangi village while visiting Catholic homes every Thursday. By 1969 the population of Catholics was already estimated to be one thousand faithful in a territory stretching from Babadogo, St. Benedict, Dandora, through Umoja, Doonholm to Embakasi.

In 1970 a plot was purchased for the proper church and Father's residence buildings. The present Church building was estimated to cost Kshs 600,000/= (Six Hundred Thousand Shillings only) The Catholic families were requested to fundraise Ksh 200,000/= while the missionaries and their friends would 400,000/=. This was achieved with the support of the then Vice President Daniel Arap Moi's by a Harambee that raised 32,000/= shillings in one go.

In 1973, the Holy Ghost Missionaries handed over the Mission to the Comboni Missionaries in the persons of Fr. Romeo De Berti and Fr. Milani Gino. By 1975 the huge Church building had been over grown by the numbers of the faithful, thus the establishing of Out Stations like Babadogo, Umoja and Embakasi which successively became fully fledged Parishes. Doonholm and Kariobangi South followed suit.

We estimate the population of the present parish area to be around 500,000 people, out of whom 67,000 should be baptized Catholics both from up country and indigenous Nairobians. Half the parish area or even more can be classified as slum.

At the moment, Holy Trinity Catholic Mission Kariobangi is happy to be called mother to several daughter parishes that are even growing faster than before.

Due to the population boom, the parish is divided into four Zones under three Mass Centres.
In the Western Zone we have St. Martin de Porres with 18 Small Christian Communities.
In the same direction we have Huruma Zone with 10 small Christian Communities.
The Central Zone, where the main Church is situated, has 20 Small Christian Communities.
The Eastern Zone comprises of St. John's Church-Korogocho with 26 Small Christian Communities.

To try to maintain the growth and unity of the parish we use the following ways:

  • Christian life founded and maintained by the WORD of God and the Holy Eucharist.
  • Parish administration and evangelisation based on focused planning and team work.
  • Well selected, elected and continuously formed Christian leaders.
  • Consistent planned meetings from the Small Christian Communities to the Parish Pastoral Council.
  • Attention to the social gospel, based on the ministry of care and Christian charity (Social Services).
  • Homely environment at our church centres and respect for all the people of God.
  • Seminars for all parish groups, services and ministries.
  • The catechumenate for children, youth and adults with convinced catechists.
  • Well-organized and focused youth ministry.
  • Personal Christian witness from the pastoral agents.

The parish does its best to make sure that every person and any relevant group get the attention they deserve.

Identity Card of Kariobangi Parish
Deanery: Nairobi East Dedic: Holy Trinity Found: 1973
Population: 500,000 Cath.: 67,000 Km about 9 sq.
Run by: Comboni Missionaries
Location: Kamunde Road
Postal Address: P.O. Box 47714-00100 Nairobi GPO
Telephone: (020) 780430 Fax: (020) 787586
Mass Time: Kiswahili 08.00 am / Kiswahili 09.30 am / Kiswahili 11.00 am At the Main Church.
Kiswahili 08.00 am / Kiswahili 09.30 am / Kiswahili 11.00 am At St. Martin de Porres.
Kiswahili 08.00 am / Kiswahili 10.000 am / At St. John's-Korogocho.
English 08.00 am / At Missionaries of Charity Chapel.
English 09.30 am / At Moi Forces Academy.
Parish Priest Fr. Paulino Mondo / B: 1959 / O: 1990 / A: 2004 / Q: MCCJ
Parish Assistant Fr. Paolo Latorre / B: 1967 / O: 1999 / A: 2005 / Q: MCCJ
Fr. Daniel Moschetti / B:1960 / O: 1996 / A: 2001 / Q: MCCJ
Fr. Mario Porto / B: 1940 / O: 1966 / A: 1993 / Q: MCCJ

Sisters Comboni Missionary Sisters
P.O. Box 64491 / 00619 Nairobi Muthaiga
Tel: (020) 783968
Groups: Altar Servers / Family Renewal / Choir /Liturgical Committee/ C.W.A. /J &P Commission / Legio Mariae / Parish Council / Pioneers / Y.C.S. / Youth Group /Catechists 52

Ministries: Extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist-Wapokeshaji / M. of the poor - Wahudumu wa Maskini / M. of the sick -Wahudumu wa Afya / Youth Ministry Senior and Junior -Vijana. /M. of Faith - Wahudumu wa Imani/ M. of Bible-- Wahudumu wa Biblia

Initiatives Bible Study / Catechumenate Adults and children
Outstations: 2 - Korogocho (D/: St. John - F/: 1983) - Ngei (D/: St. Martin de Porres - F/: 1993)

Comboni Presence at Kariobangi
The Comboni Missionaries have been present at Kariobangi since 1973 where they have accomplished a great deal of undertakings carried out by many missionaries of different nationalities who worked with great zeal, enthusiasm and foresight. Currently the Comboni religious community is made up of 4 members: Frs. Paolino Twesigye (parish priest), Mario Porto, Paolo Latorre and Daniele Moschetti, the two latter ones residing at Korogocho.

The Comboni Sisters are at present 6 and carry out most efficiently the pastoral work and human promotion in the parish with a big dispensary, a dress making school for underprivileged girls from the neighbouring slums.

Two lay Comboni missionaries, Susan Coopersmith (American) and Luca Clochiatti (Italian), offer their professional skills in human promotion in the parish with street children, alcoholics and as teacher in the girls' school.

Catholic Owned or Sponsored Educational Institutions

1. St. John's Nursery & Informal School (1,020 students)
2. Watoto Wetu Centre (193) (For Orphans and for Extremely poor children)
SPONSORED: 1. St. DANIEL COMBONI Primary School (2060 students)
2. Ngunyumu Primary School (1408)
3. Our Lady Of Fatima Secondary School (750)

Charitable and Social Institutions
1. Projects for Social Promotion in Korogocho:
Scavengers Mukuru Hairdressing School
Single Mothers Youth: Sports Society
Bega kwa Bega (Independent Cooperative)
Boma Rescue Centre: run by St. John's-Korogocho Outstation with the Parish of Dandora.

2. Missionaries of Charity
Rd-Loc: Huruma Road, near Kiamaiko
P.O. Box 32778 / 00600 Nairobi Ngara Rd.
Tel: (020) 6750697 - (020) 781803

Formation House - Postulancy and Novitiate.
Home for the Abandoned: -
Abandoned Babies (Orphanage - children's home)
Women (Sick, Dying, Handicapped, Old) - 55
Orphaned Children - 78
Mentally / Physically Handicapped Children - 55
Slum School Children - 272
Dry Food Distribution Fortnightly - 350
Sunday School in 8 Areas: - Kariobangi, Korogocho, St. Benedict, Huruma, Baba Dogo, St. Maurice, St. Stephen, St. Bakhita.
Family Visiting in 8 Areas: - Huruma, Kariobangi, Kiamaiko, Mathare Valley, Ngei, Ghetto, Korogocho and Baba Dogo.

3. Mother and Child Clinic: (350 + 360) per month.
4. Malnourished/ Undernourished Children: 65 every week.
5. Service to Handicapped and Chronically ill Children.
6. Dispensary:

Catholic Dispensary Kariobangi (Comboni Sisters) (300 - 500 patients per day)
Tel: (020) 789572


7. Community Health Care:
Medical Missionary Sisters + Parish Volunteers (Sick+AIDS patients) - Mobile Clinic
P.O. Box 76160 / 00200 Nairobi City Square
Tel: (020) 5604792

8. Cheshire Home for the Elderly
Run by the Franciscan Sisters: 34 residents and day care for 120 elderly people.
Rd-Loc: Kariobangi Road
P.O. Box 64250 / 00620 Nairobi Esso Plaza
Tel: (020) 782854
Fax: (020) 782854

9. Lepers day care at the Cheshire Home: 120 weekly.
10. Women Promotion Project:
Training School for 120 girls or young mothers.
P.O. Box 16644 / 00619 Nairobi Muthaiga
Tel: 787671

11. Street Children Centres:
- Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga with Informal School for 350 poor or street Children.
- Korogocho Street Children Programme (Under St. John Korogocho Outstation)

12. School Feeding Programme: About 9,500 Children a day.
13. Pro - Life group: Services provided for about 50 pregnant Women per week.
14. Education for life:
Awareness Programme about AIDS for Youth in and outside School
P.O. Box 16516 / 00620 Nairobi Esso Plaza
Tel: (020) 8560804 - (0722) 392 927 (0733) 614 586
E-Mail: Website:
Education for Life Kenya (EFL) is a National HIV/AIDS Prevention Programme. It offers a variety of programmes, which promote value based living in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis. It begun in 1994 and operates under the Kenya Episcopal Conference's pastoral and lay commission and it is a project of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa.

15. Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Programme:
Active patients 4,025
VCT Services: 4,217 patients attended January-July 2006

Other Educational Institutions in the area:

Secondary Schools:
1. Our Lady Of Fatima Sec.
2. Comima High Sch.
3. Moi Forces
4. Genesis Sec. Sch.
5. Lili Vision
6. Faith Homes Of Kenya
7. Global Vision
8. Riverside Academy
9. Community Urban View
10. Pag Sec. School
11. Dycent View Academy
12. Marura Academy
13. Anointed Sec. School
14. Several Others

Other Primary Schools in the area:
1. Flower N. School
2. Ngomongo N. School
3. Daima N. School
4. River Side Academy.
5. Kariadudu N. S.
6. St. Charles Lwanga (Non-Formal)
7. Moi Forces Academy
8. Faith Homes Of Kenya
9. Watoto Wetu (Parish Owned)
10. Pag Pry. School
11. Ndururuno Primary Sch.
12. Daniel Comboni Pry. Sch.
13. Salama Primary School
14. Huruma Primary School
15. Ngunyumu Pry. School
16. Daima Primary School
17. St. Johns Informal School
18. Moi Forces Academy Pry.S.
19. Kariobangi North Pry. Sch.
20. Thayu Primary & Youth Centre

Holy Trinity Kariobangi is a tremendous complex family of the people of God where both the Wheat and the Weed grow together. Challenges of poverty and misery are evident all over the place. All the same one can clearly see the Holy Spirit at work even when it would seem humanly speaking impossible. One can see the poor helping the poor, those with nothing sharing everything available; the smiling face of the terminally sick; the simplest trying to share the WORD of God with those willing to listen. Yes, the miracles of God witnessed every day

St. John - Korogocho
The Korogocho slum
Korogocho slum houses some 120,000 dwellers crammed within one single square kilometer. It is made up of 7 villages called: Highridge, Grogan, Ngomongo, Ngunyumu, Githaturu, Kisumu Ndogo/Nyayo and Korogocho.

It is one of the more than 200 slums of Nairobi, covering together a mere 5% of the city territory. The population is estimated at 2.5 millions, out of the total of 4 million Nairobians.

Korogocho ranks fourth in the size of population after Kibera, Mathare and Mukuru Kwa Jenga. It is an illegal settlement born in the early eighties. Over half of the land is State property and the rest is privately owned - it seems - by a single person, Mr. Gatheca. The slum is multi-ethnic, counting some 30 ethnic groups: Kikuyu, Luo and Luhya are among the major ones. The Chief and the Administration Police have a permanent residence at the very centre of Korogocho village.
The slum socio-economic reality is very poor: there are no public services and the absence of the State is keenly felt. There are 2 City Council schools with over 4,000 children and many other informal private schools are mostly inefficient. It is well to note that 70% of the Korogocho population is less than 30 years of age. The most relevant problems are: prostitution, unemployment, drug addiction, alcoholism, rapes, criminality, domestic violence. There is also a massive presence of street children who try to escape from police round ups in the city finding a hideout in the slums. Also many illegal firearms find a place here, furthering criminality which is now moving to the city.

Presence of Comboni personnel at Korogocho
In 1983 the existing two Small Christian Communities built the first chapel of ease of the central parish. From 1990 Fr.Alex Zanotelli went to live in the yard of the informal school for poor children. A year later he moved to Githaturu in the old chapel which, in the meantime, had been replaced by a bigger one in the area of Highridge having the catholic community increased numerically. Adjacent to the chapel a community informal school was built which served and still serves some 1000 children from poor families, with kindergarten and primary school.

For the last 16 years a small Comboni community has been living fully within the slum reality with all its problems and richness. A valid choice, lived in full awareness and sobriety but above all seeped in spirituality, sharing and solidarity with the slum poorest. The missionary presence, along with the growth of the Christian community, has addressed the pastoral and human needs existent in the territory. Along the years many projects of human promotion have been realized like the informal school, the kindergarten, the rubbish recycling co-operative, the care of the sick, etc .

The religious Comboni community has always consisted of two priests and one lay missionary. Currently, and for the last few years, the personnel is made up of Fr. Daniele Moschetti, Fr. Paolo Latorre, two lay missionaries, Gino Filippini and Luca Clochiatti and two jesuit pre-novices, Chrisantus Odhiambo and Michael Ochieng. The community has hosted and accompanied, for periods of one year in turn, during the last four years, some 20 pre-postulants of various religious congregations on agreement with their superior provincials and vocation promoters.

The Korogocho christian community
We have 26 Small Christian Communities spread all around the Korogocho territory. Two of them, Mukuru Recycling Centre and Ujamaa, are made up of scavengers who work in the next dump and Tanzanian lepers who go begging in the city and live in a degraded area called Grogan. We reckon the practicing faithful to be around 3000. All the pastoral activities have always been coordinated with the central parish of Kariobangi. We notice also the presence of youth groups: under and over 16, the liturgical dancers, altar boys and girls, the Sunday school for the youngest. The children catered for, between the school and the community, are over a thousand. We celebrate two Sunday Masses with a particular Misa ya Sinodi (The Synod Mass).

Services (Hudumas)
To express concretely the charitable activity of the Small Christian Communities, 16 services have been set up. Each service has a representative from each community for every specific service to be offered to the whole christian community in the territory. They are autonomous, have their leaders and have days and times to meet and organize the services. Each Huduma chooses its leaders every three years.

The services are: Justice and Peace, Faith, Liturgy, Council of Leaders (Baraza), Catechists, the Poor, the Sick, Legio Maria, the Eucharist Extraordinary ministers, Alcoholic Anonymous, Ushers, School, Funerals, Pro-life, Widows, Sport. There are also three Associations: Catholic Women Association, Pioneers and Korogocho Women Awareness Programme (KWAP).

Baraza St. John (Zonal Council)
The Baraza is composed of 78 leaders: 3 from each Christian community, democratically elected every three years. One of the 3 must represent the youth of that community. The Baraza meet every Wednesday evening for a couple of hours, twice a month to discuss emergent problems and possible solutions and the other two times for moments of spiritual and human formation open to the whole christian community. It is an important organization for programming and realizing the evangelization and human promotion in the territory. The Baraza elects an Executive body of 10 people who hold the office for 3 years. Responsibilities are shared among the members: chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, vice-secretary, treasurer, vice-treasurer, ambassador and 3 youth representatives. They prepare the Zonal Council agenda and implement the baraza's resolutions. Five representatives attend the monthly Parish Pastoral Council at Kariobangi.

KOSLA. Korogocho - Ecumenical Group
The Different Christian Churches of Korogocho meet several times a year.
On the 1st of January the organize a Peace pilgrimage to several Churches. The Prayer Week for Unity a an other opportunity to meet each other. The Catholic Parish brings several pastors together in mutual fellowship.

Collaboration and networks
From the very beginning, the Comboni missionaries of Korogocho, together with the Kibera Christ the King parish, have relished a combined action in the realities of the two slums and a pilgrimage to each respective parish. They founded the Kutoka Network in Nairobi to unify the parishes bordering with the slums that intend to fight for the improvement of the conditions of life in the slums, including the land.

There is also a good relationship with pastors of other churches and from time to time we meet for formative encounters, prayer and community initiatives.

As a pastoral team we are committed to the campaign for the debt cancellation in collaboration with the Amecea and the Catholic Economic Justice, and other NGOs and various organizations.

Holy Cross Parish - Dandora
Holy Cross Catholic Parish, Dandora, is located eleven kilometers east of Nairobi center. Dandora is a relatively new low-cost housing area for the urban poor, established by the Nairobi City Commission with the WorldBank in 1977. The hopes for this model "site and service scheme" were to enable plot ownership by the poor with access to good water, garbage disposal, proper sewage disposal, and electricity. Mismanagement and corruption soon lead to a failure to provide most of these essential services and the needs of the rapidly growing population of urban poor had not been met.

Slums and Informal Settlements in Dandora Parish
Whilst there are patches of slum dwellings within the greater Dandora Housing Estate, there is only one informal settlement within the Parish's area of Jurisdiction which can justifiably be referred to as a slum; it is called Gitare-Marigo.

There the houses are made of mud and scrub-metal roofing. The residents have no access to sewerage facilities and energy. They have to buy water within the slum. The slum is not accessible by a vehicle~that is, infrastructure is nern-existent. There are no health care -facilities.

Many of the residents live by occasionally going for domestic household casual jobsin the greater Dandora Housing Estate as well as far-off places like Komarock and Buruburu estates. A few live by scavenging for food at the nearby garbage dumping site, while others rely on hand-outs from well wishers such as the church. An insignificant number engage in informal business activities and crafts commonly known as "JUA KALI".

History of the parish
In 1978, Holy Cross (CSC) accepted pastoral responsibility within the Archdiocese of Nairobi to administer the Holy Cross Parish at Dandora. Fr. James Rahily, Holy Cross Father (csc) was the first Father-In-Charge. with Fr. William Blum, csc, Fr. Thomas McDermorty, csc and the late Frs.George McInnes, csc and James Karafa, csc among others served with him . Since then the Parish h as beenadministered by the Holy Cross (CSC), a missionary congregation, whose African Regional Headquarters are based at Kampala in Uganda. In 1987 Fr. Tom Smith, csc took over as the Father-InCharge. Fr. Frank Murphy, csc served the parish from 1989 to 1996 and Fr. John Wababa, csc took over in 1995. In the late 90's leadership of the parish was handled by Fr. Fulgen-Katende, csc until Fr. James Burasa, csc took over up to the year 2001 when the mantle was handed over to Fr. Silvester Makwaliy csc. Fr. Silvester, csc was succeeded by the present Father-In-Charge Fr. Andrew Massawe csc in September, 2005. He is assisted by Fr. Simon Mwangi, csdc and Fr. William, Lukati csc.

Development of the parish
Since its beginnings, the parish has sought to expand pastoral and developmental services to meet the demands of the growing population, which now numbers over 200,000 people. Most members of the parish are poor but warm-hearted, loving, and God-fearing. They come from different ethnic backgrounds and have brought with them varied gifts to enrich the faith, liturgies and prayer of one another in the parish.

The Parish has more than 30,000 parishioners and one sub-parish.

Small Christian Communities
The parish is organized in Small Christian Communities which meet weekly to share on the Scriptures, to discuss common problems and to plan care of needy neighbors. The Small Christian Community Groups in Dandora were started in 1984 and have grown up to be ranked as among the best organized Christian Groups in the Archdiocese. Actually there are 41 Small Christian Communities (scc) in the parish.

The Small Christian communities practically constitute the foundation on which the church is built; they not only infiltrate every activity that is, undertaken by the parish, but also determine the course of action to be taken in any issue, since their recommendation is sought for any undertaking. Many of the ministries of the parish are handled through the Small Communities, including charity to the poor, teaching parents about Sacraments, animation of Justice and Peace activities, liturgical planning and ministries, and care for the sick.

The Small Christian Community Groups offer spiritual, moral and material support to impoverished and marginalized groups in the neighbourhood. This is undertaken through committees such as the assistance to the Poor Committee, Community Health Workers Committee, Justice and Peace Committee and the Lay Apostolate Committee.

Education ministry in the parish
The parish offers: nursery and primary education,

St. James Primary School is located within Dandora Holy Cross Catholic Church Compound. It developed in 2000 from the nursery school that had already been in operation for twenty years. Although the school is surrounded by city council and private primary schools, the Holy Cross Religious and lay group in Dandora saw a need for a church run school which would promote Christian living and moral behaviour. The school caters to the children in the area, yet it is not even able to absorb the number of students that come from the parish nursery school because of limited space. Its objectives for the future are to continue to grow to meet the need of the community while still providing quality education, addressing the intellectual, spiritual and moral needs of the children.

The school began from a good foundation and has set the highest academic standard. It is counted among the best school in the area and achieves the first position in Terminal Exams since its establishment.

The parish has also a library for reading and borrowing for students who lack study facilities.

Social ministry
The parish, through the Small Christian communities, assists the residents of the slums and the poor by providing some food and clothing to the slum dwellers.
There is a program for the elderly "Holy Cross Help Age Project". As the conditions of the houses of some elderly persons is miserable, the project helps some of the needy members to construct dwelling units wherever previous ones are swept away by rain.

Our parish has attempted to arrest the deteriorating situation by identifying a few of the most vulnerable residents, - particularly the aged, through the Sponsor a Grant-Parent Programme, Thanks to HelpAge International of London. This is in addition to our Assistance to the poor Programme mentioned above.
Although the residents' response to our efforts is encouraging, our limited resources, once again, are our main constrain.
Much as the parish would wish to help, on this, because of limited resources, represents "a drop in the ocean".

The parish has also a social welfare program for the refugees and most destitutes..

There is also a family life education and counseling services at the parish.

Health Ministry
The parish runs a dispensary to provide affordable healthcare for the people of Dandora.
The health program also includes outreach to the sick in their homes to provide them with necessary treatment.
The health program is a collaborative effort with the Nairobi Archdiocese eastern deanery, which provides nurses to assist in the parish. Lately, the parish also initiated a Health Workers' Community -Based Programme whose main objective is to address the Health and Nutrition needs of the residents.

Eradication of poverty
There is a revolving loan scheme to enable the poor to develop their plots and to encourage small scale business.

Youth Ministry

There are a number of youth projects.