Compassion News and Blogs

COVID-19 Response in Nairobi Slums

Aug 18, 2020 Evanson Njeru

We know from past crises that women are typically left out of traditional disaster relief efforts. That's why we're stepping in as women led organisation...

We need a new school!

May 27, 2018 Evanson Njeru

In April 2018, our school was demolished. We need help to start again.

Nairobi cancer survivor has hope at last

Sep 13, 2016 Evanson Njeru

Margret is among many women Compassion CBO trained in 2015. She has survived breast Cancer 2 times.

Now aged 63 years it was in 1993 she underwent total Mastectomy sad enough it had a recurrence in 2013.

She was put under adjuvant chemotherapy where she has spent over $5000 in treatment from 2013.

Every day she takes Tamoxifen. Through thin and thick she has managed to pay $3000 for her medication but has to raise the remaining $2000 and pay for Tamoxifen every month.

Margret is a…

Compassion CBO launches FGM Campaign Video

Compassion CBO launches film about Anti-FGM campaign in Kenya

Jul 27, 2016 Evanson Njeru

Compassion CBO launches short film about their Anti-FGM campaign in Kenya

FGM Seminar at Heri School

Compassion CBO conducts Anti-FGM Seminar In Heri Junior School.

May 25, 2016 Evanson Njeru

In May, Compassion CBO conducted another Anti-FGM Seminar, to educate children and teachers about the dangers and health hazards related to FGM.

Compassion CBO opens office in Nairobi

Compassion CBO opens office in Nairobi

Mar 17, 2016 Evanson Njeru

Thanks to a grant by Amplify Change to support a new Anti-FGM hotline, Compassion CBO has opened an office in Nairobi.

Compassion CBO campaigns to end #FGM in Kenya

Compassion CBO awarded grant for Anti-FGM Hotlines in Kenya

Feb 06, 2016 Evanson Njeru

Following an intensive selection process, Compassion CBO has been awarded a grant by AmplifyChange to run Anti-FGM Hotlines in Kenya.

Desks donated to Compassion CBO In Memory of Aunty Polly

In Memory of Aunty Polly

Jan 17, 2016 Evanson Njeru

The children of Compassion CBO school in Nairobi are the beneficiaries of a heart-felt tribute from the friends and family of much-loved Parthenia Adams - ‘Aunty Polly’ - who passed away, age 97, in Detroit, Michigan.

Building school roof

Keeping the children dry at school

Oct 24, 2015 Evanson Njeru

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we managed to repair our school roof before the rains started.... Panic had set in at our school in the Githogoro Slums when we heard that there was going to be heavy rain.

UNISON - The Public Services Union

UK Trade Union Helps Grassroots Group in Kenya to End FGM & Empower Women

Jul 27, 2015 Evanson Njeru

At a UK Trade Union conference a delegate, Debbie Hollingsworth, proposed that this year's collection should go to Compassion CBO, a Kenyan non-profit who she had visited. This is the story.

Young AIDS Victim Brings Hope to Kenya's Slums - Joy Needs Our Help

Joy and mother

By Evanson Njeru, Founder/Exec. Director, COMPASSION CBO

Compassion for Joy

Compassion CBO has been on the frontline when it comes to fighting HIV/AIDS in the Nairobi slums and its environs since 2005. It’s in one of the slums at Githogoro where mother-to-child transmission is very high and as a result, many children are living with HIV/AIDS.

One girl has borne the brunt of the pandemic and has come out strongly to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS to other children in many public arenas. For example, on World Aids Day 2012, Joy recited a poem about HIV/AIDS in an open air public meeting; she was at that time age 7. Her feeble body said it all.

Her name depicts life full of joy, but she has not known joy since she was born.

In the Slums of Nairobi – Women’s Empowerment is Progress for All

Women in villages make kiondos from recycled material and mats using crotchet.

By Evanson Njeru, Founder/Exec. Director, Compassion CBO

International Women's Day

With International Women's Day on March 8 being celebrated by us and Safe World For Women, with the theme of 'Women's Empowerment is Progress for All', we would like to appeal to our well-wishers to help women access grants and come to the rescue of these honorable ladies languishing in poverty.

Many of them are trained and are saving little by little, but it takes three to four years before they can save enough to start a small business. Sometimes other issues arise making them lose their savings, such as drought, disease, or other factors.

Those who are trained by us and get some grants immediately live a successful story.

Compassion CBO - Helping Children Heal After Westgate Terror Attack

Children dig Westgate Memorial

On 21st September 2013 at around 12:55 pm, Westgate Mall in Westland, Nairobi, Kenya came under scathing attack by Al-Shabaab terrorists.

Faith Muiruri, age 10, was taking part in a cooking competition on the top of the mall when gunmen entered and started shooting. She lay down and crawled into a cupboard where she hid.

Kenya: Cutting the Ribbon - Working to End FGM in Tharaka Nithi

Grandma Beatrice

'Rite of Passage'

Almost all the 42 Kenyan tribes practice Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)1 for teenage girls,

Culturally, FGM is coveted as a 'rite of passage' from childhood to adulthood and every tribe has its own ways of performing the practices.

Despite the enactment of the prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act, 20112, the practice is very alive in Tharaka Districts of Nithi County in Kenya – mostly South District (Igambangombe) and in both North and South Tharaka Districts. Girls as young as 7 years old of age are circumcised.

In those areas, the culture is most important for shunning circumcision through social rejection.

Nairobi: The Grandmothers Who Support Orphans Through Small Animal Farming

Kabae guardian group

Nairobi's Slums

Kenya’s capital city Nairobi has some of the most dense unsanitary and insecure slums in the world.

Almost half of the city’s population lives in over 100 slums and squatter settlements with in the city with little or inadequate access to safe water and sanitation. Housing conditions in slums are deplorable and most residents have no form of secure tenure.

The UN estimates that Nairobi has the fastest population growth rate per annum on the continent. There are two counties that are under Nairobi metropolitan which are categorized as arid areas.

About 65 percent of the urban population live in slums. Those slums occupy only five percent of the capital’s total land area. They are more congested than any informal settlement in this part of the world, hosting 1,177 people per acre in grim 10*10 feet’s sacks.

Over recent years, Compassion CBO has initiated projects like pig keeping, pawpaw (papaya tree) farming, and sweet potatoes, within the Nairobi metropolitan area.

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Mungania Self Help Group

Mungania Self Help Group

Based in Karurumo, outside Embu, Mungania Self Help grouped formed in 2014 to fight FGM in the area. It has thirty members, all of whom are women without husbands, most of them have been widowed.