Activities: Waves - Kenya


The Mukuru Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, is run by the Sisters of Mercy, and provides education, skills training, community development, healthcare and feeding programmes in the slums of Nairobi.

Waves provided a football pitch on reclaimed rubbish dump land at St Elizabeth’s Primary School in Lunga Lunga, one of the worst slum areas in Nairobi, where there are 1,200 pupils. A sprinkler irrigation system was also provided. An estimated 120,000 people live in 20 acres of land - in terms of a quarter acre garden; can you imagine 1,500 people living there? The surrounding area has been planted with 250 trees. A second pitch at Ruben School in Ruben slum was completed in Summer 2003, funded by Barclays Bank of Kenya and a 3rd pitch at Bakhita School, which is shared by the children’s home there, was completed at the end of 2004.

An annual football tournament between the four Mukuru slum primary schools takes place in May / June. The final for the Mukuru Kerrigan Challenge Cup is held on one of the Waves pitches. 2500 children attend.


Waves sends all approximately 100 children, many of them orphans, from the residential home at Mukuru on a holiday to the Kenyan coast, near Mombasa. The children rarely get to leave the slums where they live, let alone take a holiday, and certainly not to the coast. So for them it is a HUGE adventure. They spend 5 days, which includes day trips, with the journey there by train and return by coach. Waves funds this holiday every 2 years.



A secondary education sponsorship scheme for Mukuru children was launched in January 2001. Secondary education is beyond the means of a slum family, but without it the children have absolutely no chance of finding employment. To date 7 boys and four girls are receiving education sponsored by Waves supporters.

A tertiary education sponsorship scheme starts in 2006, when the two eldest begin courses to qualify as Certified Chartered Accountants (CPA).



Starehe Boys Centre motto Natulenge Juu (Aim High) is a charitable organisation, which gives secondary education to gifted boys from severely disadvantaged backgrounds who are either orphaned or from one-parent families. Academically this boarding school rates as the best boys’ school in Kenya. Most Starehe boys will qualify for state university.

Waves is sponsoring 4 Starehe pupils through school and university. John is reading Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), and Jamleck is reading Commerce at Kenyatta Univerity. Dennis is in his fourth year and final at Starehe, and Peter started school in Jan 2005



AFEW Kenya

AFEW (the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) Kenya is a non-profit company whose membership serves on a voluntary basis. Their objective is saving endangered species from extinction. AFEW is dedicated to educating Kenyan youth in the conservation of the environment and preservation of endangered wild life and their habitats.
Waves sponsors disadvantaged Kenyan children to go on educational safaris, organised by AFEW. Local children rarely get to do this and accordingly are denied a real knowledge of their country and their heritage. Waves also donates books on wildlife, as an incentive to the children who made the most of their opportunity.

Waves organises, through AFEW, day trips for street children and slum school children to visit the Nairobi National Park, the Giraffe Centre, the Crocodile and Ostrich Park and the orphaned baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The trips are fun and also educational, fostering an appreciation of the Kenyan wild life.


To foster and encourage the spread of knowledge amongst children in Kenya about care of their environment, AFEW run courses to show teachers from all over Kenya the best ways to teach environmental science. There are 5 courses per annum. Each course will run for 3 days and involve 40 teachers, i.e. 200 teachers each year. Rather than simply give the attending teachers a diploma / certificate at the end of their course, AFEW challenge the teachers to each undertake an exercise of up to 6 months duration, in which they demonstrate the practical aspect of what they have learned via a project with children at their school (e.g. tree planting). Their certificate is awarded at the end of the project. However there are no resources or funds available for poorer schools to be able to undertake such work, so Waves provides funding to enable them to take part. Click here to see the 2004 - 2005 school projects.


David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT)

At the northern edge of the Nairobi National Park, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) runs an animal orphanage. Orphaned elephants need constant 24-hour care for their first year of life. The keepers accompany the young elephants out into the park each day to familiarise them with life in the wild. All of the keepers have remarkable elephant empathy.

In the Tsavo National Park, where the orphaned elephants from DWST are introduced back into the wild, snaring has a major detrimental effect on the animal population. Currently 6 de-snaring teams, led by highly motivated graduates from Moi University, encourage the local communities to recognise and take care of their heritage, by giving wildlife presentations and explaining the importance of conservation. Waves has helped equip the teams. Support is given to schools in the communities, where Waves has donated text and wildlife books and sports equipment and sponsors school field trips into Tsavo. Click here to see a letter of appreciation from the Kwa Kimwele primary school.