Parishes in Slums: Ruaraka Deanery
- Nairobi Ruaraka Deanery - Parishes in Slums and Informal Settlements
- St. Joseph Mukasa Parish - Kahawa West
- Holy Mary Mother of God - Githurai
- St. Benedict - Thika Road
- St. clare of Assisi - Kasarani
- St. Joseph - Kahawa Sukari
- Queen of the Apostles – Ruaraka
- Central Deanery - Parishes in Slums and Informal Settlements
- Nairobi Eastlands Deanery - Parishes in Slums and Informal Settlements
- Nairobi Western Deanery - Parishes in Slums and Informal Settlements in
- Nairobi Makadara Deanery - Parishes in Slums and Informal Settlements
St. Joseph Mukasa - Kahawa Parish
Kahawa West Parish was born out of "Queen of Apostles" Ruaraka. The late Cardinal Maurice Otunga gave Kahawa the parish status in 1992, under the Pastoral guidance of the Consolata Missionaries. It has been given as a patron Saint St. Joseph Mukasa . Kahawa West, is the Parish center, and it serves three outstations namely: Consolata Kahawa Farmers, St. Peter and Paul Kamae-Kiwanja, and St. Francis of Assisi, Soweto . Fr. Thomas Barbero was the first Parish Priest .Currently,
Fr. Franco Cellana is the Parish Priest assisted by Fr. Charles Jaggwe.
Kahawa Parish is 25 k/m from the City center in an easterly direction along Thika and Kamiti road.
The main features bordering the parish are Kenyatta University and Kahawa Barracks in the North-East, Kamiti Prison in the West and Kamiti road in the South. Currently it has an estimated multi-ethnic population of 500,00.
Highlights of the Parish
(i) Kahawa West- St. Joseph Mukasa (Parish Centre).
It has a fast growing middle class population.
Part of it is a Site-and-Service settlement with all the social amenities. The rest is characterized by self developed houses with inadequate infrastructure like roads and sewers. There is a slow improvement of those pathetic facilities.
There is a Pastoral Center with different offices and facilities for seminars, and thirty two beds.
Of paramount importance the Church which is under construction will have an Adoration chapel.
(ii) Kahawa Farmers- Our Lady of Consolata
A rapidly growing middle class settlement that has developped in a formerly coffee and maize growing area.
The residents are either workers in the city or business persons.
This Church is also under construction needing the last finishing like floor, windows, glasses etc.
(iii) Kamae-Kiwanja- St. Peter and Paul
A very low income settlement on land that formerly belonged to Kenyatta University.
Incidence of poverty is high arising from acute unemployment. Casual labour, coffee picking and brewing of illicit alcohol characterize life in the area. Crime rate is also high since the youth have no employment opportunities.
(iv) Soweto- St. Francis of Assisi
An informal settlement on land that belongs to the City Council; It is characterized by very poor overcrowded housing conditions, absence of basic infrastructure like roads, sewer and electricity.
There is absolute poverty, unemployment, idleness, prostitution, brewing of illicit alcohol, and crime are the main features of social economic life. There is an upgrading project in progress sponsored by the Italian Embassy and UN-Habitat. The upgrading project focuses on the following areas: toilets, sewer, roads, and houses.