The only thing separating us from these childrenis that fact that we live in the United States andthey live in the Mukuru slum in Nairobi, Kenya.
• Most families in the slum live in single room homes about 10 square feet.• The average house size in America is 2,700 square feet.
• The life expectancy in the Mukuru slum is 40 years.• In the United States the life expectancy is 78 years.
• Of the children in the slums who are privileged to go to school, 44% will drop out for financial reasons.• In the United States there are 26,407 public secondary schools students can attend for FREE.
• In the slum, the adults lucky enough to have a job make on average $2 a day.• The average yearly income in America is $50,221 a year.
• In the slum there is no sanitation or running water, there is no waste collection and most of the waste goes directly into the nearby river.• The average American home has at least 2 bathrooms.
The cost to attend Our Lady of Nazareth school is $125 a year, compared to over $3,000 for the average Catholic elementary school education in the United States, yet most people living in the slums cannot afford it.
Starts Ends Activity Starts Ends Activity7:40 8:26 Period 1 7:00 am 8:00 am Morning Preps8:30 9:16 Period 2 8:00 8:55 Period 19:20 9:33 Advisory 8:55 9:35 Period 29:37 10:23 Period 3 9:35 10:15 Period 310:27 11:13 Period 4 10:15 10:40 Tea Break11:17 11:42 Lunch A 10:40 11:20 Period 4 11:20 12:00 Period 511:42 12:28 Period 5A 12:00 12:40 Period 611:17 12:03 Period 5B 12:40 1:40 Lunch12:03 12:28 Lunch B 2:00 2:40 Period 712:32 1:18 Period 6 2:40 3:20 Period 81:22 2:08 Period 7 3:20 4:00 Period 92:12 2:58 Period 8 4:00 5:00 Remedial Gross Catholic Our Lady of Nazareth
• wake up to the alarm on our cell phone• are able to take a warm shower• turn the TV or music on while getting ready• put on clean clothes• eat breakfast if we so choose• walk outside into our cars with heating and air condition
• they put on the only uniform they own• if they do shower, it is with unsanitary water• put on their shoes• walk through dirty, sewage lined streets
We…• walk into a heated/ air conditioned school• have the option of buying food from a vending machine• complain about being at school
They…• do not have seven vending machines to choose from• must walk across the campus to a restroom• are completely grateful for being there• do not wish to return home
At Gross Catholic At OLNWe have… They have…• seven vending machines to • the only food they will eat choose from all day• four microwaves to warm • a breakfast of our leftovers from last night’s dinner porridge, which is maize flour and millet flour boiled• catered food from local restaurants • a lunch of boiled maize and• the option of bringing our beans own food from home
At Gross Catholic At Our Lady of Nazareth• We have a stomach ache • They are battling:• We are starting to notice – Malaria signs of a cold – Typhoid – Dysentery• We are unprepared for a – Tuberculosis test – AIDS • They are too malnourished to walk to school
• We often complain of hating school, rushing to leave and return home.• We get into our cars and drive home, many times at night, thinking nothing of it.• Once we are home, we can eat dinner, check out the internet, and watch our favorite show.
• Children attending Our Lady of Nazareth do not want to leave school. School is better than their home.• If they were to leave at night, on foot, they would face dangers of attackers.• Once at home, they face possibilities of work, eviction, or even fires, forcing them to leave what little homes they have.
Kindergarten to standard eightMore than 1,800 studentsIncluded: Sports Counseling Library Computer classes
• Gross has 17 sports and many organizations to choose from• OLN has 8 sports and activities – Karate – Basketball – Music and dancing – Soccer – Scouts movement – Gymnastics – Netball
… they cannot afford a $30 sweatshirt for participating or a $10 t-shirt for every sport and organization they are involved in. Most cannot afford the $125 it costs for tuition and lunch each year.
We spend….• $800 on the Marianist LIFE summer trip• $800 on the service trip• $500 on a trip to Washington, DC
Because of our Catholic and MarianistTradition, we aim to educate the youngest andthe poorest in the Mukuru slum area ofNairobi. Our mission is to work at the mostfundamental of all development projects: thehuman person. We seek to develop the God-given life and talent of each child in theschool, according to the Five Characteristics ofa Marianist Education.
• Educate for Formation in Faith• Provide an Integral, Quality Education• Educate in Family Spirit• Educate for Service, Justice, and Peace• Educate for Adaptation and Change Our Lady of Nazareth and Gross Catholic are based on the same principles.
We would like to share what we have with students at Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya.
There are 425 students at Gross. We are trying to support 15 students at OLN. It costs $125 to support one student at OLN.If everyone donates $4.42, we will have raised $1,875, which is enough to support 15 students.
"For it is in giving that we receive." St. Francis of Assisi
“Oh God of all creation Bless this our land and nation Justice be our shield and defender May we dwell in unity Peace and libertyPlenty be found within our borders. Let one and all arise With hearts both strong and true Service be our earnest endeavor And our homeland of Kenya Heritage of splendor Firm may we stand to defend. Let all with one accord In common bond united Build this our nation together And the glory of Kenya The fruit of our laborFill every heart with thanksgiving.”