Headmaster Richard Wanjala Manya together with a group of dedicated local community members set up the Patmos Junior School in 2007. In exceptionally difficult circumstances the school has managed to thrive due to the commitment of the Headmaster, his committee and the teaching staff.
We are a group of volunteers with a sole aim of helping orphans and vulnerable children have access to basic education, healthcare and a daily meal in the Mathare slums of Nairobi.
The teaching staff comprises the Headmaster and 11 teachers. There are 2 social workers assigned to the school. There is also a school cook, an assistant cook and a caretaker. The school provides an education for 136 orphans and vulnerable children and operates a School Feeding Programme to provide a breakfast and daily meal of maize and beans for the school children.
The group is now looking to work with the global community to reach out and find ways to improve the welfare and education of the children. Over the last five years the school has worked closely with Orphan Outreach USA and supporters in the UK which has seen the provision of a mains water supply to the school and FreshLife toilets for the children and staff.
With the help of supporters we have been able to set up a Maize Farm Project and also Pig and Goat Rearing Projects. In 2014 we were able to set up an income generating initiative in the form of a tailoring group to help some of the mothers and guardians of children at Patmos School. We are also running a School Health Program.
Richard Wanjala Manya Headmaster
Patmos School teaching staff
Recognising the importance of the school and the School Feeding Programme to the local children, the group officially registered themselves in 2010 as a Community Based Organisation (CBO) under the name:
The Patmos Care and Development Centre
To continually improve the health and education facilities for the children attending Patmos Junior School. Our aim is to be able to provide a good standard of primary education but to eventually be able to also provide secondary school education. We also want to continue to be able to provide a breakfast and daily meal for all the children.