The Parish of Saint Stylianos Gymea supports the
running of an Orthodox school in Nairobi, Kenya.
The school, St Clement's Orthodox School for Orphans was founded
in September 2002. The aim of the school is to give Freedom
from poverty through education. St Clement’s provides
education to approximately 125 children who otherwise would not have
been able to afford education in Kenya. The students of the school
come from the surrounding villages of the Riruta-Satellite slum areas,
on the outskirts of Nairobi. Some children walk up to 50 minutes to
get to school each morning. The students within the school come from
deprived backgrounds. Some are AIDS orphans, others are refugees from
neighbouring war torn countries such as Burundi, Rwanda and the Congo.
Others are children of single parent families who struggle to find
work and survive.
St Clement’s began with two classes, a Pre-School class and
a Kindergarten class in 2002 and has now expanded into a Primary school
which currently goes up to Year 4. Each year St Clements continues
to grow and take in an extra 20 students, and expand into the next
In its early stages it became evident that teaching the children was
a difficult task whilst they were hungry. The Parish of Saint Stylianos
came to the call of this problem and raised money for a 'Feeding Program'
to begin at the school. A member of the parish was present in Nairobi
to start and run the project in its initial stages and keep local
donors in Australia updated in the projects progress.
The Feeding Program provides 2 freshly cooked meals every school day
for the students at the school, breakfast and lunch. Each year the
parish organizes a Fundraising event (this years fundraiser will be on October 14 2012 at Parish of Saint Stylianos). People
from parishes all over Sydney attend to support St Clements and receive
updates on the schools fruitful progress (see details below).
If you would like to make a contribution to the Sutherland
please contact the Laiki Bank with the following
account details to make a
donation via electronic payment or using
a deposit slip in person.
Parish of Sutherland Kenya Account,
Laiki Bank, Sydney Branch,
BSB 942202 Account number 194480