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In the spirit of our founder, we the Nazareth Sisters engage in the apostolate of education with an aim to impact knowledge and skills for children and youth, especially in the primary schools.  We have started six primary schools, including Consolata Primary School in Meru, Bishop Lawrence Bessone Primary School in Nkabune, Our Lady of the Annunciation Primary School in Ndekero, Victor Bessone Primary School in Isiolo, Holy Family Primary School in Kiamuri and Bessone Primary School in Fukayosi, Tanzania.  In all of these schools we teach orphans and poor children who cannot afford to pay anything even for food, hence the school has to take care of everything for them.

The biggest challenge is that most of these schools still need physical facilities including classrooms, skills labs like computer and science labs, and other facilities like offices, staff rooms and dining facilities. For example, we urgently need classrooms in Victor Bessone Primary School in Isiolo, along with staff room and dining facilities.  Currently the children are eating outside and when they have an assembly, they gather under a tree.  In Fukayosi at Our Lady of Annunciation, Ndekero we need a kitchen, toilets and housing for the staff, including a convent for the Sisters. In Bessone Primary school, Fukayosi we need more classrooms, staff room, dining facilities and staff housing to accommodate the teachers coming from far.  Pictured below are some of the facilities available at the schools we operate:

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Victor Bessone Primary School in Isiolo where students assemble under a tree since they have no hall.

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Bessone Primary School in Fukayosi, Tanzania where students meet under a temporary shelter for classes.

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The Nazareth Sisters own and manage two Rehabilitation Centres: St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Centre in Nkubu, Meru County, Kenya, and Jesus, Mary and Joseph (JMJ) in Isiolo County, Kenya.  In both centers we discourage placement in institutions and strengthen families to care for their disabled.  We only keep those children who are abandoned in an effort to rescue them as we seek alternative care for them.  We lack good facilities to assist both the mentally and physically challenged persons. We lack proper physiotherapy machines and other equipment. We also lack a decent shelter in terms of dormitory, dining room, kitchen and Matron’s house.  We also need a motor vehicle to visit the disabled and their families and to offer home-based care.

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Children receiving care at St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Centre, Nkubu, Meru.

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Wheel chairs and other equipment used by workers at the rehabilitation centers.

“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed because they cannot repay you.  For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:13-14)

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