Oasis Africa works in 2 slum areas of Nairobi, Kenya.
Oasis Africa began working in Kibera slum in June 2005. Assistance was given to a local school providing facitlites such as kitchen, staff rooms, security fences, multiple pit latrines, water tank and water connection, library and classrooms that can accommodate up to 1,000 students.
In 2008, we began to also provide Secondary School Scholarships for P8 students who met the eligibility criteria. Since then we have granted scholarships to over 100 students.
In 2015, we have over 80 students studying at Secondary Schools around Kenya under an Oasis Africa Secondary School Scholarship. We believe that this higher level of education provides the opportunities for employment and ultimately the ability to break the poverty cycle.
The scholarship program for Secondary Schooling is now the central focus of Oasis Africa's involvement in Kibera slum.
Soweto Slum, Bethlehem Community Centre (BCC):
The Bethlehem Community Centre (BCC) was founded in 1990 by Pastor Mary Gakembu who was touched by the plight of the vast number of destitute children in the slums of Nairobi who did not attend school.
The vision was to initiate a project that would help improve the living conditions of the community and in particular address the problems of children living in difficult circumstances in the slums. Soweto slum is basically characterised by high population density, low levels of income and lack of adequate public facilities and amenities.
There are no public schools in the slum and Bethlehem Centre currently runs the largest community based school offering formal education in the area. They have 300 children in the Primary school (baby class to standard eight). 80 among them are in the boarding section. The last level in primary education is standard 8 where pupils are enrolled for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations.
Although the school facilities are well-established which includes; library, kitchen/dining facilties, community hall, small greenhouse project on site and a live in boarding house for up to 100 orphaned children, the school was finding it difficult to meet the ongoing financial monthly commitment of staff and teacher salaries.
Oasis Africa was very pleased to meet with BCC in 2013 and agreed to forming a formalised partnership with them to assist them to meet these financial needs in the running of the school and its facilities.
To ensure that Oasis Africa provided a hand up and not just a hand out, the partnership was based on supporting a sustainable farming project. BCC owns 40 acres of land in Kamulu, about 45 minutes away from the Primary School in Soweto slum. They have however been unable to cultivate this land without the means for capital investment.
Oasis Africa agreed to invest in the development of infrastructure for 20 out of the 40 acres of land to grow crops that could be harvested and sold for a profit. The goal for this project is to harvest enough crops every month to provide fresh vegetables to the Primary school students, completely pay all financial needs in the running of the Primary School and its facilities as well as all expenses associated with the farming project.