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  • Writer's picturePippa Hackett

Mukuru Promotion Centre in Kenya

Presenting a vase made by Laois based Vale van der Merwe to Sr. Mary Killeen.

I concluded my trip to Kenya with visit to a project with strong Laois links.

I was invited by Vera Smith, a Graiguecullen local, to visit Sr. Mary Killeen, and the Mukuru Promotion Centre in the Mukuru slums, Nairobi.

Vera explained how she was part of a group of women who supported Sr. Killeen’s work with street boys.

“We travel out at least twice a year for the past 9 years. We help street boys to get back into school. Our project this year was to build a new dining/community room as they were eating in very bad conditions.”

I was honored to officially open 'Calary Hall'

During my visit I was thrilled to officially open ‘Calary Hall’, a multi-purpose Dining Hall. It was lovely to meet with Vera, Catherine and the other inspirational, Irish based, supporters

of the Centre who were visiting for the official opening.

The centre is run by Sr. Mary Killeen, and provides education and support for boys aged 6-18 years from the Mukuru informal settlements, or slums. They also learn skills in cooking, carpentry and art.

None of this would be possible without the help from generous volunteers and donors, who work collectively to improve the lives of vulnerable boys. The next stage of the project is in planning and I would encourage people to support in any way they can.

Pictured with, left to right, Graiguecullen locals, Vera Smith and Catherine Nolan.


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