CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya

Long-Term Volunteering in Kenya

St. Charles Lwanga Children's Centre and Secondary School

St. Charles Lwanga Children's Centre and Secondary School

St. Charles Lwanga Secondary School and Children’s Centre started as a place where orphaned, homeless and abandoned children were rescued and provided with shelter, food and a place to call home. The students, all former street kids living a difficult life in crime-ridden neighborhoods, now proudly wear their school uniforms and call the Children's Center "home".


Project Profile

Brother John started by gathering children, rehabilitating and relocating them into schools, but later realized it was becoming difficult in some cases as existing schools didn’t want to integrate children from the street into their classrooms. This necessitated, in part, starting the school, which is just four years he transformed the little-used residence, owned by the Order of St. Charles Lwanga, into classrooms, a dormitory, dining hall.

The children were rescued from the dumps and slums of Nairobi and given a chance to gain an education and end the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Today they are provided with a safe place to live, a reliable source of nutritious food and the opportunity to gain high school education with the possibility of post-secondary education. Brother John hopes that with donations to the Centre, he and his team can build a bigger school with an integrated approach to nurture children through academics to become responsible citizens of the world.


Ruai, Eastern part of Nairobi.

Volunteering activities

  • Teaching a combination of subjects i.e. Mathematics, English, Chemistry, and Sciences
  • Counseling sessions on issues relating to drug and substance abuse
  • Organizing life skill sessions with students
  • Playing and organizing games and sports with the neighboring schools


Volunteers will be accommodated in a small room at the project site and all meals will be provided. The rooms can sometimes be shared.