The Past, the Present and the Future
Congregation of the Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
Mary of Nairobi
ASSUMPTION SISTERS OF NAIROBI
Compiled & Presented by Sr. Mary Teresa Waceke
September 27th 2006
THE ORIGIN OF ASSUMPTION SISTERS OF NAIROBI ................................................. 3
Why women? ...................................................................................................................... 4
The First Seed is Planted..................................................................................................... 4
The First Convent ............................................................................................................... 6
THE CONGREGATION AT PRESENT ............................................................................... 7
Organizational Attributes .................................................................................................... 8
Nature and End of the Congregation ................................................................................ 10
Stages in ASN Formation ................................................................................................. 10
Where is your sting? ......................................................................................................... 15
SERVICE DELIVERY AREAS ........................................................................................... 16
Education .......................................................................................................................... 16
Nursing .............................................................................................................................. 19
Social Work ...................................................................................................................... 20
THE FUTURE LIES IN EDUCATION ............................................................................... 24
How deep are the waters? ................................................................................................. 24
THE ORIGIN OF ASSUMPTION SISTERS OF NAIROBI
The idea for an indigenous sisterhood congregation was conceived soon after the appointment
of John Joseph McCarthy Cssp, as Bishop of Zanzibar. He was appointed in the year 1946.
Within that period, Christian missionaries were facing insurmountable difficulties arising from
the MauMau nationalist clamour for land and freedom, primarily directed at the colonial
regime and its collaborators. Indigenous persons considered both the white settler and the
missionary priest as ‘the enemy’. Even a wise saying came out of this encounter: Gutiri
Muthungu na Mubia (i.e there’s no difference between the European and the priest. To J.J
McCarthy, however, the presence of local nuns in congregations run by indigenous people
“would be very helpful” in the integral development of the populace1. He named this new
society “SISTERS OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY OF
The present Kenya was at the time, part of the vicariate of Zanzibar. It had existed as a
prefecture of Zanzibar since 1862, extending along the coast of the Indian ocean and without a
western boundary attached to it. Until 1872, Mgr. Maupoint, Bishop of Reunion remained the
ordinary of the Prefecture but in the same year it was transferred to the Holy Ghost Fathers.
The vicariate of Zanzibar became the present Archdiocese of Nairobi in 1953.2
In the same breath, Nairobi, as a city, developed from a mere watering fount. The name
Nairobi means ‘a place of cool waters’ in Maasai3 language. The once tiny rail workers camp
was growing in leaps and bounds. It has to-date become one of the cities of strategic
importance in Africa and the biggest city in East Africa.
The Founder of the Assumption Sisters of Nairobi, Archbishop J.J McCarthy, CSSp.
Njoroge, 1999; pp 199
Archdiocese of Nairobi, Strategic Plan 2003-2008; pp15
The Maasai are a pastoralist community found in Kenya and Tanzania. In prolonged drought seasons, they
would drive their livestock to the place of cool waters.
Previous and present Superior Generals of the Congregation Sr. M T Gacambi (4 terms), Sr. M F Mwikali (2
terms) and Sr. Leah Kimani (1 term).
The spirituality of Archbishop J.J McCarthy CSSp, was drawn from his favourite Gospel: St.
John. He absorbed the love of St. John’s Gospel and devotion to the Father’s will from his
formatter and friend, Fr. John Kearney CSSp. In the words of the founder: “My food is to do
the will of Him who sent me” John 4:34.
Throughout his apostolate he encountered women in villages particularly in Tanzania who had
a lot of problems during child birth. McCarthy wished to see a dedicated religious women
who would become committed to the apostolate related to women. He saw nursing as a career
taken by sisters would open up women in life saving of mankind and eradicate the suffering of
women. Education in nursing was the way to participate and hence become co-workers with
God in giving life.
J.J McCarthy was awed with the significant role played by women in the rising clamour for
land and freedom. In women, he therefore saw the potential to a developed nation. A society
minus rampant socio-economic ills such as hunger, absence of medical care, lack of
knowledge and illiteracy.
In that very struggle for independence, J.J McCarthy saw and appreciated the support given by
women to the cause championed by their men. Their silent hard work, patience, stamina and
concern to hold the family together through thick and thin at whatever cost to themselves is, to
say the least, heroic4. Women are the backbone of African society. The founder knew that just
a little empowerment to this woman and the African society as a whole will draw great
The First Seed is Planted
A state of emergency was declared in Kenya, when the clamour for independence reached its
peak, in 1952. There were chaos and harassment of the indigenous persons all over. As men
were in the forests fighting, Women and children remained behind to bear the brunt of the
Olga Marlin, To Africa with a Dream, pp. 136
The white sisters had, before the emergency declaration, established a school for Thanya5 girls
in the region. Children born of European settlers and African women were discriminated
against in the villages. As the colonial master continued mistreating girls in the name of
hunting the MauMau fighters, the same MaryHill School became a centre of refuge for african
girls too. The white sisters harboured all and sundry from brutalities.
An Artists impression of the house where the White
Sisters lived as they worked in the school, farm and
dispensary. At right is the house in its present state. The
white sisters gifted it to ASN.
Sr. Teresia Gatama points to the room in which they
were housed by the White Sisters, in 1955, during their
formation. Here she explained they had three rooms.
Just as J.J McCarthy was moulding his vision, there were already many girls who had run for
asylum. It was at this MaryHill School – which is now a government school – that the first
girls to join the congregation settled. The year was 1955.
Sr. Redempta, a cateress at MaryHill Girls’ Secondary
School assists one of the students to get tea. Students
in the School are top performers in national
A kikuyu word meaning half-caste
The First Convent
The land on which the first convent was built was a gift from the Sisters of Our Lady of Africa
(White Sisters) at a place called Karibaribi, in Thika. Construction was completed in 1957 and
ASN sisters moved to their new convent.
Funds for this construction came from penance by children in Europe. They denied
themselves chocolates and sweets and sent their savings to build a house for african sisters.
Each of the sisters had to attend school and work intermittently, to complete primary school.
Others studied by correspondence. They had joined the congregation through a Common
Entrance Test which if failed meant non-acceptance into the congregation. She would have
gone back to working in the plantations for the European settlers.
“The founder wanted us to be educated and be self-reliant. He wanted us to be a link with the
people and help women in Kenya”, reminisces Sister Jacinta. “Those days we used to put on
shoes only on Sundays, when attending mass.”
The first profession took place on 11th February 1959. The seed was planted in ASN
congregation by our first five sisters:
1. Sr. Teresia Gatuma
2. Sr. Martin Wanjiru (the Late)
3. Sr. Immaculata Wanjiru
4. Sr. Josepha Wanjiku
5. Sr. Jacinta Wairimu
These five, as all the others, came from a very humble background. During those days
education for girls was not of value. Society counted their girls as wealth; in anticipation of
the number of cows and goats to be acquired in the form of dowry, upon the girls’ marriage.
But they were all involved in doing ordinary work in the congregation. Later on the Sisters
took other courses and developed skills in crafts, such as tailoring. They supplemented their
upkeep by working in the plantations.
Seated are Sisters Gatama and
Augustine, a former secondary school
teacher in Machakos girls. They now
reside in the house given to ASN to
put novices in 1973.
THE CONGREGATION AT PRESENT
The Assumption Sisters are essentially apostolic, outgoing, and ready to shoulder activities
that would develop the church, worldwide, in Kenya and especially in the Archdiocese of
Nairobi. The sisters work in cooperation with the local church. They are immersed among the
people and influence as large a number as possible. This is the source of accent on education.
The life of an Assumption Sister is one of prayer and service animated by the love of God and
devotion to Our Blessed Lady. The spirit of the congregation is the spirit of Jesus Christ
shown by love, service and self-sacrifice as manifested in the scriptures. The congregation is
a religious institute of pontifical right dedicated to apostolic works of the church, where its
members live a life of prayer and service animated by the love of God and devotion to our
Blessed Lady assumed into heaven.
To date, the congregation has 180 African religious sisters rendering their services mainly in
Kenya and has also ventured out to reach the people of other nations, thus United States and
Jamaica. Within Kenya, the sisters are working mainly in Nairobi Archdiocese, Machakos,
Kitui, Murang’a, Nakuru, Ngong’, and Lodwar dioceses. Multiple service delivery points exist
within each of the regions mentioned.
The Assumption Sisters presence in dioceses
To date, the congregation has:
128 finally professed sisters
38 Temporary professed
5 first year Novices
2 second year novices
Based on J.J McCarthy’s founding ideas, the Assumption Sisters of Nairobi have reached and
wholly uplifted the welfare of the people whilst immersed in the entire dimension of Christian
Spiritual well being. The congregation focuses on the needs of the people, with special
attention to women, the underprivileged and marginalized. The founder in his views wanted
the congregation to be self-reliant. In this regard, the congregation has continued to develop
by establishing projects that are service oriented to the people, without forgetting the idea of
being self-reliant. The congregation has developed the sisters in variety of professional fields
such as education, health, administration and management, Accounts, social workers among
Simultaneously, ASN pursues informal education for its members, especially those who join
without any formal schooling whatsoever. For instance, Sr. Martin Wanjiru is an equivalent to
a doctorate degree holder when it comes to dealing with the poor people, yet she hasn’t been
to any formal school. Sr. Martin is the founder of Good News Centre-Kibagare. This is an
educational institution for boys and girls from extremely poor backgrounds.
The vision of the congregation is to be a witness of love and service reflecting the
ministry of Christ where all people are respected.
It is to fulfil the mission of Christ through evangelization within Kenya and other
Nations and promote integral human development where all people are dignified.
Our congregation’s Logo
captures our wisdom and motto.
The overall goal of the congregation is to proclaim the Good News of the Salvation
and make their lives a true living of the Gospel message. All the activities are
means of evangelization to all the people. The Assumption Sisters of Nairobi are
committed to the ministry of evangelization in the church as mandated by Christ and
they have a great role and responsibility of ensuring that Christian witness is
manifested in deed, love and openness to serve God's people. Particular emphasis is on the
poor: the orphaned, street children, physically handicapped persons, the girl-child, the under-
privileged and the marginalized. Besides development of social ministry, the congregation
diligently continues to strengthen the spiritual life of its members and the greater society.
CORE VALUES OF THE CONGREGATION:
It the sole responsibility of each Assumption Sisters working for the congregation/church to
ensure that Christian witness is manifested in deed; living our call to evangelize in all aspects
through love, service, self-sacrifice, openness, transparency and availability to serve.
A man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions (Luke; 2:15). In another
quotation, "Everyone to whom much is given of her, will much be required" Luke 12:48. A
Christ steward is one who receives God's gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a
responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others and returns
them with increment to the Lord.
As members of the ASN congregation we have an obligation according to social teachings of
the Church to steward those resources entrusted to us in a more fruitful efficient and effective
manner. Therefore we have an obligation to observe transparency and accountability to those
entrusted in our care.
In relation to stewardship, finances, both Church and Congregational, are handled in a
straightforward manner. Transparency and accountability are fundamental in the
administration and management of public finances. The two are fundamental to the
administration of temporal goods of the Church. You are not your own; you were
bought with a price.6 As ASN sisters must be accountable and responsible to whatever is put
in our care.
A steward is expected to be accountable for the good use of resources entrusted to
her. Good stewardship demands the ability to be effective, efficient and productive
in the way spend in our lives, our time, resources and talents. Accountability is a
process whereby the stewards have to render a rational justification on how they
utilized resources entrusted them and strictly following the terms and conditions
agreed between the master and the steward before assuming formal stewardship.
Community and Solidarity:
As members of ASN we are to understand solidarity as a moral act of mutual
commitment to others. Reflecting on the book of Acts chapter 2, where the first
Christian community live together, pray and share everything in common, we too as
ASN are called to live in community that is able to share in a common vision and
interest and gives us our solidarity. We will continue to work closely with each
other in the spirit of community life and supporting each other. Community life and
solidarity with each other is one of the ASN key values which is seen in
determination to commit oneself to the common good of the congregation.
Nature and End of the Congregation
Assumption Sisters of Nairobi are persons who grow. Dynamism enables members of the
congregation to truly fulfil her mission among people at a particular time in history, even as
the name and spirit of the congregation remains constant.
The end of the congregation is to guide its members towards a fuller Christian life and the
perfection of charity manifested in service to the Church. Towards this end, the sisters pledge
themselves to God and the congregation through vows of celibacy, poverty and obedience as
interpreted by the church under inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
The spirit of the congregation is aptly captured in our motto: Love, Service and Self-
Sacrifice. To enhance this spirit, sisters live in prayer. Our dedication to mission is shown
through love, understanding, care, availability and concern for God’s people.
Our life, lived integrally through simplicity of lifestyle, humility, gentleness and obedience,
helps others to recognize and value their dignity as children of God. It was to restore this
human dignity that God sent His Son into the world. Christ accomplished this through his life,
passion, death and resurrection. “The life of an Assumption Sister – a gift of God- brings to all
‘the immeasurable greatness of the power of Christ…and the infinite might of the Holy
Stages in ASN Formation
Our religious life in community is rooted in the life of the Trinity. Each person of the Trinity
is unique: the Father is the Creator, the Son the Redeemer and the Spirit the Sanctifier; yet
they are one in their being. Likewise, as Assumption Sister lives and shares her love in the
community through self-giving, receiving and mutual respect. This enables us to move out and
serve the wider society. Community life becomes the starting point of our witnessing Christ in
the wider world.
In the African society, there are rites of passage associated with every stage in life: childhood,
adolescence, adulthood and even old age. The rites are a way of passing on African values to
different members of the community. The same is true in the congregation through formation
programmes. To us, formation is a continuous process through which we, in cooperation with
the Holy Spirit, respond to God’s call.
The three key stages in the life of an assumption sister are: postulate, novitiate and Juniorate.
Juniorate is concerned with the process of continuous formation of the young sisters. Each of
these rites is marked with pomp and colour in measurement of the means of the congregation.
Directory of the Congregation of the Assumption Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Nairobi, pp. 1
Postulants in class: A holistic formation is offered to aspirants who will eventually be Religious Sisters ready
to serve in love, service and self-sacrifice.
Charism of the ASN Institute
Assumption Sisters of Nairobi is an Institute of African Religious women under the Patronage
of Mary Assumed into heaven, who are deeply rooted in Jesus Christ, and who have an
apostolic zeal for the service of the Church. By being immersed among the people as life
givers, they bring the Good News of salvation in order to uplift the dignity of all people,
especially women and with openness to the needs of time.
Spirituality of the ASN Institute
An ASN is called to live out of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ who came so “that they
may have life and have it in full” (John 10:10). To this end, an ASN is a woman who is rooted
in the personal Love of Jesus Christ.
This spirituality is reflected in our entire way of life that is dedicated to prayer and service.
Inspired by the life of Mary the Mother of Jesus, whose obedience to God brought life and
hope to the world, an ASN is a life-giver in her whole life of total commitment. In this way,
we further the mission of the Church which is to bring the Good News of Salvation to all
Postulate: Young girls in formation prepare maize grain for long term storage. Below, Jemimah hand-milks
the community cow, Maryanne tends the chicken and Veronica cleans up the cow pen. Duties are rotated.
Novitiates, in the second key stage in the formation of ASN religious, sing in the chapel. Below Emma is all
smiles sharing a light moment with other girls as they prepare beans for their meals. The beans are harvested
from the community farm.
A rite of passage recently held at the Mother House, Karibaribi. Twelve sisters took their final profession.
Below is a huge crowd of friends and relatives who came to witness their loved ones and priests who
celebrated mass in the occasion.
Where is your sting?
The mother house in Karibaribi is also home to ASN’s Ressurection Community. In the fifty-
years if its existence, the congregation has lost 8 sisters. They are all buried in the graveyard
at this mother house.
SERVICE DELIVERY AREAS
In ASN, projects are a means or tools to evangelize. These include nursery schools, health
centres, and women empowerment, all in slum areas. They are established to address a local
need, to help people cope with their social issues, to exploit local development potential or to
solve a problem within the congregation that is in line with objectives of the sorority.
Following the vision of our founder, ASN sisters are called to serve people in the spirit of
Love, Service and Self-Sacrifice. We are mandated to do everything within our means to help
the less fortunate, the marginalized and the under-privileged in our society. This is the
foundation of our interventions. The interventions address specific needs and problems of
target beneficiaries who happen to be the local communities. Our services are directed
towards alleviating the suffering and improving the quality of life of our beneficiaries.
This photo of the Mathare slums was taken through a window from one of the houses to avoid violent robbery
on the camera crew. Life in these dwellings is characterized by rampant alcoholism, rape and sodomy, violent
crime, dysfunctional families, absence of health care services and learning institutions. ASN Sisters deliver
services to occupiers of these dwellings. There are over 200 slums in Nairobi.
Services of ASN sisters are primarily focused in the following fields:
The education style in Kenya has changed a lot, for the worst. Parents are out to educate their
children in foreign countries, mainly America, Australia, India and our neighbouring Uganda.
But why the run, we ask ourselves, top among the reasons that come to the fore are:
1. Scarcity of institutions for higher education in Kenya. Year in, year out, the ministry of
education, when announcing the results of national examinations ‘proudly’ announces
that over 60% of the candidates miss vacancies either at secondary or university
institutions within the country. Just recently a prominent economist urged universities
to de-link their intake from the number of beds in their hostels, to be able to
accommodate the large numbers of applicants into degree programmes.
2. Education in Kenya is very expensive.
3. High cost of living in the country
These and many other factors make the poor not to afford nor access education. Majority of
those missing the chances for an education are girls. They end up in simple employment in
plantations and as house-helps where they become victims of circumstances and all manner of
Above are pupils at Madaraka primary school, where the first batch of sisters also taught here. Assumption
Sisters live in the same compound.
Pupils of the St. Francis Parklands Nursery school in class and inset is Sr. Jane Mumbi the head-teacher. She
aspires to see the development of these young ones, from nursery school through university education, in a
single set of reknowned hands: The Assumption Sisters of Nairobi.
The development of schooling in Kenya is hampered by drug abuse, arson, HIV/AIDS, all of
which render endless frustrations. There is therefore a great need for quality secondary as well
as university education in Kenya.
Spiritual activities form an integral part of education in ASN-run institutions. Fourty girls at the CMO
Centre, including muslims, were recently baptized and confirmed. Catechism and daily mass also form part of
the spiritual menu. Every Wednesday the girls go to the adjacent graveyard of Cardinal Maurice Otunga
(CMO) to recite the rosary, as seen in the photograph on the right.
Despite the hard work of the congregation, we have not been able to bring up our own school.
The immense skill-base within the congregation will be better utilized when we are masters of
formation, from Nursery school through to university. Facts on file indicate that our sisters are
expending a lot of energy in government schools wherein they are neither involved in decision
making nor policy formulation.
School Name Owner No. of Sisters
working in the
Parklands Nursery School Archdiocese of Nairobi 2
Murang’a Primary School Murang’a Diocese 2
Tawa Secondary School Machakos Diocese 3
St. Mary Girls H. Sch. Runda ASN 1
Mary Hill Secondary Government 2
Gatitu Government 2
Kabati Primary ASN 2
Karen Nursery & Primary ASN 2
Kisiwa Primary Government 2
Madaraka Primary Government 1
St. Martin Slum School ASN 2
St. Martin de Paul TTC ASN 1
Regina Pacis University C ASN 1
There is a dream to establish quality secondary educational institution for girls, to be owned
and run by this congregation. This dream is yet to be realized due to lack of funds. However,
the girls’ school will be a huge step forward in the educational value chain. It will contribute
greatly to the formation of future leaders of the church and country. This school will serve
Thika and Kiambu districts. The two districts were recently ranked as leading in lack of
education for women, characterised by early marriages, HIV/AIDS, Drugs and other
substances of abuse. Once actualized the school will have 50% of its learner population as
At the Karen Nursery School, Sr. Josphene
Warau stands by her pupils in class. Below,
Sisters prepare the little ones after attending a
However, the congregation does not get discouraged. She works hard to prepare the sisters in
the field of education. Human resource is abundant within the congregation for the said
dreams. Institutions are however not available. Institutions that will take hold of the current
situation in the land and transform the whole scenario.
The annex is a list of Sisters in the Congregation who have undergone university education.
Other sisters have gone through various post-secondary educational institutions, obtaining
certificates and diplomas in a variety of fields.
The great manifesto of 1963 indicated that Kenya will eradicate illiteracy, hunger, diseases
and inequality by the year 2000. Six years after this deadline, we can only laugh at our own
joke. Health issues in the country are now of greater concern than ever before. As a basic
human need, the facilities are simply inaccessible. Either too expensive or not available.
In many parts of the country, large numbers of people die at home or on their way to health
facilities. Women die giving birth due to lack of facilities, personnel or medicines.
Though this is the real cause where the congregation’s founder desired to see African women
serving African women, we are still very far in terms of personnel. Unlike education, our
sisters work in dispensaries belonging to dioceses. There is a great need to educate the sisters
to degree level to be able to respond to current challenges facing Kenyans. There are two
sisters presently pursuing Bsc. Nursing. The rest are Community Nurses and Registered
Sr. Patricia, a nurse and administrator of ASNs Mang'u dispensary takes measure of a baby’s weight.
Maternal and Child Health are services offered by the dispensary to the local community. The child’s mother
said “The touch of a sister contributes to a faster healing process.”
In the early days, social work was regarded as a low job. Today, our country needs this
discipline more than ever before. The need is brought about by transitions of both social and
political climates which has resulted in loss of a sense of life’s worth amongst the people.
Interventions are necessary in the areas of counselling and psychotherapy to build the self-
esteem of people bogged down by day-to-day socio-economic challenges.
Economically, majority of Kenyans live below the poverty line, spending less than a dollar a
day and earning even less. This is the root cause of many social upheavals: insecurity, murder,
rape, abortions all of which do not count as diseases requiring hospitalization. The silent
natures of these upheavals make them a potent, lethal and formidable force behind the
degenerating sense of living.
A professor at the University of Nairobi gives free
drama lessons to girls at the CMO Centre. On the
left the girls adorn their drama attire and below are
some trophies they have won in competition with
Nobody expected street children to be the winner.
This is a proof that, to be poor does not mean
Assumption Sisters of Nairobi encourages her members to take up this field and address this
need. Her efforts to redeem the fallen children are visible in CMO Girls’ Empowerment
Centre and Good News Centre.
At CMO, for instance, girls from very destitute backgrounds are given a chance to better their
lives. They are drawn from the Korogocho and Mathare slums of Nairobi City. Some girls are
forwarded to secondary schools and their fees catered for by the centre, through mobilization
of the local community. Others are given training in Vocational skills such as tailoring and
catering. As they progress through the training, the girls are taught life-skills. They also get
skills in Micro-Entrepreneurship, small scale business management and basic ICT skills.
Upon graduation, they are assisted to establish income generating activities as individuals or
in groups. Some have been retained at the centre and employed to teach their peers. In the two
years that CMO Girls’ Centre has been in operation, it has changed the lives of 140 girls, all
for the better.
Learning Tailoring skills at the CMO Girls' Centre: The institution addresses wholistic development of the
girl-child and assists her to gain life skills. Below the girls practice agricultural skills acquired in the
o Counselling and testing programmes
o Sensitization campaigns in drugs and substance abuse
o Support for Orphaned or otherwise Vulnerable Children through de-stigmatizaion and
reduction of discrimination against the children, promotion of foster parenting,
counselling, home support.
o Orphan education through payment of fees and provision of general schooling
requirements. Sisters also work hand in hand with teachers to motivate and keep a tab
on the school performance of OVCs.
o Support in Home-Based Care programmes (for HIV management) where community
health workers are trained in nursing care, counselling, nutritional support, legal
advice, hygiene, opportunistic infections and patient referral systems. CHWs are also
equipped for service.
Upendo village and Thika Integrated Programme respond to the above in the Assumption
Young men and women in a group counselling
session admire an unopened HIV/AIDS testing kit.
Inset the test results of one youth come out
The first sisters in the congregation worked very hard and supported those who came after
them through hard work in their small gardens. This initiative runs through the congregation
and in each community sisters cultivate vegetables in their gardens for their own consumption.
The vegetable of preference is commonly known us sukuma wiki (a Kiswahili phrase meaning
‘to push the week to its end.’)
With the short rains in the horizon, Sr. Jacinta,
herself the first seed of the ASN congregation,
tills the land and plants potatoes. They are inter-
cropped with sukuma wiki (kale).
On the right is Sr. Immaculate also weeding a
bumper crop of kales.
Fr. Santoro, the priest-in-charge of the Resurrection Gardens has great concern for the less fortunate in
society. He has mobilized the equipment of two schools, among them CMO Girls’ Centre, with computers. The
girls graduate with ICT skills too.
THE FUTURE LIES IN EDUCATION
How deep are the waters?
As a congregation, ASN realizes that the integrated problems facing this society can not be
solved single-handedly. A critical look at Kenya reveals the lack of schools, lack of
leadership, lack of formation, lack of goodwill, selfishness and political upheavals as the main
problems. As a result, the woman in general and in particular the girl-child has become a
victim of circumstances. Attacking this woman, whom we established as the backbone of the
society, is leading to family and societal disintegration.
Solutions must also take on an integrated approach. The way forward is to get involved in a
wholistic education system, from basic to higher education, keeping in mind integral
development of the broken persons.
If we have to save the people in our society we must aggressively:
o claim the children from the basic level
o Bring parents on board and sensitize them on the dangers facing the family
o Do the formation of the parents and break the vicious cycle of family disintegration
o Religious/missionaries must get out of institutions and embark on the aforesaid
Great attention must be paid to all secondary schools – to bring forth those children to
university level while fully formed. That is the only time we shall be assured of future leaders
of the church and country.
Thank you and May Our Mother, the Blessed Virgin, shower you with her blessings.
The Assumption Sisters of Nairobi.