About Us

The project team were all studying engineering at Durham University when they entered the Mondialogo competition:

  • David Irving
  • Ewan Jones
  • Samuel Jupe
  • Andrew Warner
This group consulted with St John's Community Centre in Nairobi to gain further insight into the needs of developing world communities. Andrew Warner had spent time at St John's during a gap year.

St John's Community Centre

St John’s Community Centre in based in Nairobi, Kenya, in the Pumwani slum. Pumwani has diverse population of over 40,000, with 69% under 25. It is a long established informal settlement comprising of six “villages” tightly packed into a small area within Nairobi. It is estimated that over 30% of the population are HIV positive. On average the residents survive on less than $1 US per day.

St John’s community centre was set up in 1957 by the Church Missionary Society to respond to social and economic problems facing Pumwani residents.

From St John’s own literature:

“The main focus of the Centre is poverty reduction among the Pumwani slum residents. The Centre recognises that problems caused by poverty in Pumwani are immense and require substantial efforts and, given its limited resources, it has to focus on interventions which will result in the greatest impact and which demonstrate viable approaches to poverty reduction. The approaches used have the potential to not only reduce poverty in Pumwani but to also influence urban poverty reduction policies in Kenya in the long run.”

Today St Johns is undertaking projects in three main areas: Economic Empowerment, Education and Training and Preventive Health.

Further details of St John’s work can be found at http://www.sjccpum.org/


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