St. Denis Catholic Church

Our Kenyan Partners

Our work: We work with and for the needy, the disempowered, and the dispossessed people of western Kenya.   We strive to help them create self-direction, self-reliance, and self-respect.   Together, we build sustainable self-reliance.   Our goal is that present and future generations of Kenyans will benefit from our work long after we are gone and forgotten.

Past Partners

Our Lady of Grace School
Our Lady of Grace School (OLG) is a pre-K-8 school founded by the Dominicans in 2008.  The School serves 220 orphaned, abandoned, and vulnerable children, who probably would not be in school, were it not for OLG. The school provides a quality education, counseling, and two meals a day for its needy students, as well as instruction in “the Word of God and the love of God in their lives,” writes Head of School Maria Oguom Casiraghi. 

St. Denis Konditi School
St. Denis Konditi School is a public elementary school (K-8).  The school serves 375 children from the poverty-stricken Pap-Onditi area, a region where hunger, malnutrition, and HIV/AIDS are all too common.  Thirty percent of families in this region have been impacted by HIV/AIDS.  Many of the students are orphaned but live with their extended families. (The Konditi School added “St. Denis” to its name in gratitude for our parish assistance over the years.)

Christ the King Katito Parish

Christ the King Katito is a rural parish of the Kisumu Archdiocese, serving as the home church for eight villages near Katito.  Until 2016, Christ the King's church was an open-air gazebo and several makeshift chapels.  Led by Fr. Alfred Atemo and a strong parish council,  the community has been building a new and permanent church, and HOW has assisted with its construction.

Nyakach County Hospital
Nyakach County Hospital is a government-run hospital serving approximately 68,000 persons scattered among rural communities near Pap-Onditi.   The hospital has 38 beds, some often occupied by more than one patient.   The majority of its care is outpatient, especially at its 12 day-clinics scattered throughout Nyakach District.   The hospital has only one physician, and performs only simple procedures. 

Nyakach Farmers Cooperative
Nyakach Farmers’ Cooperative is an association of small-scale farmers in Pap-Onditi and neighboring communities.   The two dozen women and men of the Cooperative each farms a small vegetable garden on their own land-holding.   Together, they collaborate to share expertise, to purchase seeds collectively, to improve the quality of their produce, to improve productivity, and to market and sell their produce.    This allows them to provide better fresh vegetables to their neighbors and to improve their own standard of living.   Moreover, their improved farming practices inspire similarly improved practices among home-gardeners in their neighborhoods, thus improving the sustainability, diversity, and security of local food supplies.