The Primary School serves the local community of slum children aged 4-12 and is a place where they can get food, clean water, clothes, and even basic medical care and emergency assistance.
We offer a safe environment where almost 1000 of the most vulnerable children from the Kibagare slum can thrive through education and be empowered to change the futures of their communities. We also serve breakfast and lunch 5 days a week for those being educated in the school and up to 800 who aren’t due to unfortunate financial constraints. Although we know what we are doing is having a huge impact on improving the immediate lives and long term prospects of the local children, there are so many more in need that we want to be able to help with your help – find out more.
What we do all started when the late Sr. Martin Wanjiru founded the Kibagare Good News Center in 1980, building it from locally sourced materials to house a hugely needed feeding program for destitute children. Expanding on this with funds from kind local and international sources, a hostel was built in 1990 to accommodate 100 children, but Sr.Martin quickly realized that education was the key to sustainably changing the lives of these street children, most of whom had been surviving incredibly harsh living conditions.
SCHOOL MOTTO – caring, sharing and daring.
To be a centre of learning that produces citizens who are polished academically, spiritually, and physically who are confident and knowledgeable enough to pursue productive and independent lives being guided by a sense of humility.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT.
To educate as many children as possible, providing them with a safe school environment where they can play, learn, and receive regular meals. This will help in discovering and developing learner’s talents while acknowledging their individuality and capitalizing on their strengths to enable them to fit in the global world.
St. Martin’s primary school is under the ownership of the Assumption sisters of Nairobi (ASN). The sisters manage the school under strict catholic Christian values under the patronage of Saint Martin De Porres. Our school is situated amidst Kibagare slum in Kangemi, Westlands sub-county, Nairobi county. In this slum poverty, drug and substance abuse and sicknesses are the daily occurrences.
Presently the school serves 780 pupils with 386 boys and 394 girls. The majority of these pupils are vulnerable from the slum. They live in harsh conditions, others are orphans brought up by guardians or foster parents while others live with irresponsible parents. St. Martin’s tries to offer a safe environment for these children for education, offer a daily meal in school and empower them to change their future, that of their family.
St. Martin’s primary school was started in 1980 by Sr. Martin Wanjiru to uplift the poor children by providing education and food as well.
The school offers the Kenyan curriculum of education. Presently with pre-school and Grade 1-4 under the competence-based curriculum which is being implemented in the whole country, whereas class 5-8 is under the 8.4.4 system of education.
Major emphasis is done on the following areas:
*Sports and games.
The school is served by 27 members of the teaching staff who are competent and have a passion to teach the children and inculcate values.
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT ST. MARTIN’S PRIMARY SCHOOL.
*A well equipped and spacious computer lab – with modern computers loaded with current school curriculum content. Wi-fi available.
*A good modern leap lab – with standard and upto date tablets loaded with CBC content
*A spacious and well-equipped school library.
*A well-equipped games department.
*A Spacious twenty physical classes accommodating upto 45 learners.
*A Spacious dining hall able to accommodate upto 1000 learners.