St. Stephen’s is a mixed High school which was established in the year 2016 by the Missionary Society of St. Patrick Fathers under the Catholic Diocese of Lodwar. Currently, the school is headed by a Reverend Sister, Sister Mary Kanyi from the Congregation of the Mercy Sisters. The founding father, Fr. John O’ Callaghan saw it was good to start a secondary school in such a place, in order to cater for educational needs of the needy students who mostly stay at the I. D. P camp near the school. There being no secondary school in the area students had to walk many kilometers away to St. Kevin’s the only mixed school in the locality. The school began with 37 students, 7 teachers and 5 support staff. The first candidates sat for KCSE in 2019 under Sister Mary and registered a mean score of 5.4 points emerging in the 7th position Countywide, 5 out of the registered candidates attained the minimum requirements to join the university.
Currently the school has a population of 292 students, 15 teachers and 7 support/ non-teaching staffs. A boarding section was also incepted in the year 2018 to aid students who come from distant places.
The school is located at Kanamkemer village few Kilometers from Lodwar town in Turkana County – Northern part of Kenya. This part of the country experiences low rainfall and it has very harsh weather conditions. The school is surrounded by vulnerable families living in the I. D. P camp nearby, most of which were affected by the 2007 post-election violence
The school encounters many challenges in its daily operations especially financial constraints as most parents are not able to pay fees for their children. It is the principal’s prayer that through God the school will find well-wishers who will come in and help students financially to enable them achieve their dreams. In addition, as a new school in a marginalized arid part of Kenya, whose community has been left behind in development, the infrastructure of the school also requires improvement and any help would go a long way.
“With God we move forward,”