Children of Africa Hope Mission School (COAHMS) was founded in 2009 by a group of 14 women from Riruta United Methodist Women (now called the New Hope Community Chapel). They saw many children in the Dagoretti slums of Nairobi languishing in poverty and sickness, so they took to action. The purpose of the school is to give hope and purpose to the orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) of the area. The nutritional, educational, and psychological needs of OVC must be addressed holistically to save a generation of the future. High levels of chronic poverty puts basic education and food beyond the reach of many families in our region. This has negatively impacted the general development and growth of children in the slums which has in turn led to increased drop out rates and malnutrition.
Today, COAHMS has 188 pupils;98 boys and 90 girls. The school has 17 members of staff, 12 teachers, 1 administrator and 4 support staff. COAHMS fights community problems through various initiatives:
- Increasing literacy and education through the Universal Primary Education system
- Increasing food security through a school feeding program (click here to learn more)
- Providing students with clothing such as uniforms
- Increasing mental stability/self-confidence and fighting the adverse effects of poverty on the soul through psychological counseling, mentorship, and support
Unfortunately, the school does not receive any government funding, but with the assistance of donor partnerships, we are able to run a school that is an oasis and a beacon of hope and purpose. We welcome donations of any size, and you can click here to read more about how helpful such donations will be to our cause.