In 1991, the parents of Lunga Lunga, Reuben and Mukuru central came looking for help for their children thus leading to the establishment of St. Catherine’s and St. Bakhita primary schools in 1992 and 1995 respectively. Initially, the schools had temporary classrooms of concrete
floors and mabati galvanized sheeting walls and roofs but now have got permanent structures. It was soon realized that the children could not concentrate in school on empty stomachs. At first, a local businessman sponsored a school lunch programme until 1993 when world food programme came to their assistance. Also, many of the children were sickly so a clinic was set up to treat them and some very sick adults in the neighborhood. Social and community development workers were engaged to identify the neediest children as well as improve their living standards. The social workers soon discovered many HIV/AIDS orphans and abandoned street children in the villages.
At first, the MPC cared for some of children in rented houses in slums but for genuine rehabilitation to take place, these children needed to be in a safer place away from temptations of substance and sexual abuse. Thus, King Baudouin’s Children’s Home came into existence in 1994. Currently, the home accommodates approximately 60 children who attend Bakhita Primary School.
Mary Immaculate Centre, South B was opened in 1996 to rehabilitate street boys of that area and if possible to integrate them into the formal education system and back into their families. About 80 boys are catered for at the Centre for the one-year programme, 20 of whom are accommodated there at nighttime. In 1994 a group of doctors from Trnava University Slovakia and Slovak businessmen set up Mary Immaculate Clinic on the same compound as St. Catherine’s School and Mary Immaculate Centre. As well as treating ordinary illnesses, the clinic also has a comprehensive HIV/AIDS programme in place.