Parishes with Slums in Makadara Deanery
- Nairobi Makadara Deanery - Parishes with Slums St. Mary - Mukuru
- St. Teresa of Avila - Makadara
- Our lady of the Visitation - Makadara
- Sts. Joseph and Mary - Shauri Moyo
- Other parishes in the Deanery: Holy Trinity - Buru-Buru
- Blessed Sacrament - Buru-Buru
- St. Joseph - Jericho
- St. Theresa Eastleigh
- Shauri Moyo
- Nairobi Eastlands Deanery - Parishes with Slums
- Nairobi Western Deanery - Parishes with Slums
- Nairobi Central Deanery - Parishes with Slums
- Nairobi Ruaraka Deanery - Parishes with Slums
St. Mary's Mukuru kwa Njenga
The parish is run by the Holy Ghost Fathers.
Parish priest: Fr. Pat O'Toole - Holy Ghost Fathers
Resident priests: Fr. Alfred Mattei - Holy Ghost Fathers and Fr. Dida - Holy Ghost Fathers
and Fr. John Lange, MaryKnoll Father.
The Parish Church is St. Mary's at Mukuru kwa Njenga.
There are 4 centres or Outstations, each one with a Church: St. Jude at Mukuru kwa Reuben; St. Bakita at Mukuru kwa Njenga; St. Joseph at Mukuru kwa Sinai; St. Monica at Mukuru Lunga-Lunga)
There is a new small center at Changombe (accross the Mombasa Road in Masailand with one small christian community.
Each Center is organized as a parish with the same structures as the parish has. The five Church committees come together in the Parish committee with the Pastoral Team.
Number of Small Christian Communities: 55
The Little Sisters of St. Joseph do Pastoral work in the Mukuru kwa Njenga. Other religious men and women help in different tasks in the parish.
Situation of the parish
St. Mary's parish is situated in the industrial area between the Lunga Lunga Road; Enterprise Road; Airport North Road; Mombasa Road. There are a number of slums in the parish: Mukuru kwa Lunga-Lunga; Mukuru kwa Sinai; Mukuru kwa Reuben; Mukuru kwa Njenga and Mukuru North. There are also a number of states for middle class people and flats for more modest people. The slums have grown during in the last 10 years. As an example Mukuru kwa Njenga has doubled its population, calculated actually at 80,000 people. Reuben has about 30,000 and Lunga Lunga about 50,000. The total population of the parish is nearly half a million persons.
The slums in these area provide most of the workers in this part of the Industrial area.
As all the other Nairobi slums, there are no municipal services: no collection of garbage; lack of infrastructures: roads, water, sanitation... As a result garbage is deposited on streets and when it rains there is stagnant water. The rivers are also pulluted.
The four main roads surrounding the parish that most people have to cross to go to work, cause a number of accidents.
There is a lot of poverty and many abortions among women and girls.
In 1995 the actual parish priest Fr. Pat O'Toole arrived at the place to start a new parish, which started officially in 1996.
The small christian communities (scc) are the strength of the parish. They meet once or twice a week to pray together, read the Word of God, share together their christian life and their problems. They identify the needs of the poor, the sick and those who need assistance. There are different services in each scc: liturgy (preparation of the Parish or Center Liturgies); choirs; care of the sick; catechism; orphans, etc. Regularly the Eucharist is celebrated in the scc (jumuiyas) in the slums.
Every three years the leaders of the scc and of the Centers are chosen. Among the leaders of the scc there are quite a number of women. Each scc sends a representative to the different committees of the Centre or outstation.
Each Center has the same structures as the parish does. There is a Justice and Peace Committee that looks after issues of injustices; one or more choirs; catechists and Christian formation for the sacraments; youth groups; women and men's groups; Liturgy committees; and care of the sick and a Development committee and a Church Committee.
In order to create a better knowledge of the different centers, the meetings rotate, and take place in all the Centres. For instance this year the Confirmation for the whole parish took place at Lunga Lunga. The choirs and youth groups also move and go from one to the other Centres.
The Development Committee of the developmental needs of the Church and of the neighbourhood. The Church committee takes care of the finances, the maintenance and the expansion of the buildings, when necessary.
The parish has a Social worker that collaborates with Fr. John Lange (Maryknoll). They visit the sick and the needy in the different sectors of the parish. The sick receive help for their diet. Each day of the week they visit a different sector, and on Mondays and Tuesdays they remain at the office to serve those who come looking for help. They also help some needy families with school fees for their children.
There us aksi a counselling service for those who need it.
There is a program for the protection of single mothers who are very vulnerable.