Project information

Empower churches to improve lives in Nairobi slums

E3's vision is to see needy communities in the two-thirds world transformed by the most effective grassroots organisation on the ground: the local church. E3 partners in Nairobi’s slums are training and equipping church leaders to serve their communities, especially as they respond to HIV and AIDS.

January 2013 - December 2013

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  • Need


    In Nairobi’s slums, people face acute poverty, few jobs and severe health problems, including the effects of HIV and AIDS. Many living with HIV are neglected. Most families can’t afford school fees. Local community churches are well positioned to respond to these needs and support people who have little to be hopeful about. As well as meeting their immediate felt needs, they provide emotional and spiritual support with a gospel of both words and action, bringing hope into people’s lives.


    E3 partners will build the capacity of slum populations to enable vulnerable households to realise rights and access to basic services and be economically empowered. For example, churches that were mobilised previously started many HIV-related ministries, including decent care for people dying of AIDS, provision of school fees, uniforms and books for orphans and vulnerable children, and small micro-enterprise loans to help people provide for their families by setting up small businesses.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build the capacity of 40 churches to have a transforming impact, not just establish projects.


    » Envision 40 churches in community mission through workshops and training in home based care, entrepreneurship and support for vulnerable children.
    » Agree requirements of this programme (develop indicators, monitoring, evaluation and reporting) and the roles/responsibilities of all partners.
    » Help churches assess their “health” through an audit tool and take steps to better support their members and reach out in mission.
    » The churches will be encouraged to begin projects in their community that demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ through the use of local resources.

    Success will be... Use church audit tool to monitor “health” of the churches at the start and end of each phase of the programme to ensure that they are improving.

    Aim 2

    To help around 7,800 people to realise their rights and access to basic services by December 2013.


    » Establish care committees and develop criteria and identify vulnerable households who need support.
    » Care committees with help of church members conduct home visits with vulnerable families to understand individual and community advocacy concerns.
    » Train care committees on rights and advocacy. Each church, through its committee, will identify advocacy issues to be taken to the area forum.
    » Church and community care committees to meet monthly and work with other partners to address local needs and advocacy issues and share experiences.

    Success will be... Through a household survey, see % increases in access to basic services, school attendance, food security, access to health care etc.

    Aim 3

    To have 880 households acquire better skills and access to credit-savings schemes by December 2013.


    » Mobilisation of 400 Female-headed and 40 Youth-headed households within 3 years.
    » Training 40 people to effectively implement livelihood and economic empowerment training for households.
    » Sustainable livelihood training will help churches to identify and build on local assets and resources.
    » The women and youth will form savings groups and receive training in business skills, group dynamics, finances, marketing etc.

    Success will be... Each church will have a savings group comprising of at least 10 women-headed households, 1 youth head and at least 11 vulnerable members of the community.

    Aim 4

    For churches to be an effective and collective voice in advocacy for slum-wide improvements.


    » Establish an Advocacy and Action Forum where care committees can meet at least quarterly to identify, action and report on advocacy issues.
    » Task groups set up to deal with specific advocacy issues will report back to the forum.
    » Share forum activities locally and nationally through sharing materials and partnership with local authorities, faith and community organisations.

    Success will be... Service delivery taking place as a result of church leaders engaging local government authorities through our advocacy programme.

  • Impact


    The project will create and equip stronger churches in the slums, which will be better able to support and nurture the faith of members and enable them to reach out in community mission. Their approach and activities will be sustained into the future empowering the wider community. Vulnerable families, particularly those caring for orphans and vulnerable children, will benefit from improved lives in terms of ability to generate an income, access to basic services and knowledge of their rights.


    There is a risk that the activities started by local churches will not be sustainable in the longer term, but community forums will be established to champion the work on an ongoing basis and these will be supported for three years so they become entrenched. Churches will also be supported in starting income generation and savings groups to fund the work and not rely on outside support. This has already been proven to be successful for churches already involved.


    Donors to this project will receive an email during the project period and an email at the end of 2012 detailing project progress and the impact the project is having, including stories and pictures from project workers and beneficiaries.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £43,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £22,560 Personnel Including Programme Manager, Advocacy Officer and two Field Officers
      £13,660 Training Training and capacity building for local churches
      £6,780 Travel and office costs For Programme Manager and Officers and cost of annual meeting for monitoring and evaluation

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Donor £15,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Despite donor efforts and govt. policies on upgrading, life for slum dwellers is characterised by demolitions, evictions, violent conflicts and inadequate access to most basic services. For example, in Kangemi slum, the unemployment rate is 50%. Nearly 70% of people live below the poverty line, nearly one third are HIV positive. Churches are often inward looking, rather than reaching out into the community. If they reach out, they have a myriad of issues needing help and very limited resources.


    E3 partners working in Nairobi’s slums directly support over 1,800 people and the work is impacting the lives of almost 8,000 family members indirectly. Local churches will be empowered to reach out in word and deed, and there will be a particular focus on orphans and vulnerable children in female-headed households and youth-headed households. This is because there is a general disempowerment of women in the slums and this is made worse if they have added responsibility for vulnerable children.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We believe in empowering local churches to transform communities stricken by poverty and HIV and AIDS. It is local people who understand what solutions will work, and who have unrivalled passion to see the work through for the long term. Our partners in Kenya have a proven track record in bringing about sustainable changes in their communities and we provide the financial and spiritual support to help that happen, with strategic input as needed and close project monitoring by Programme Directors

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Colin Smith

    CMS mission partner, Director of Centre for Urban Mission, doctorate in missiology, teaches urban ministry courses, on staff of Parish in Kibera slum

    Nancy Njagi-Mbithi

    Leads 6 informal training progs for pastors in the slums, HIV/AIDS focus, lecturer in community transformation, expertise in community organisations

“I knew that the widows needed to be empowered with skills and knowledge to help them earn a meaningful living to meet the needs of their families."

A Pastor in Korogocho slum, Nairobi