In October 2007, Oasis Africa opened an Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) project: The Mashaka Children’s Center in Meru District. Mashaka, is a rural slum area within Meru, about four hundred kilometers from Nairobi.
Most of the children in Mashaka slum live with child labor, early prostitution and teenage pregnancy, child abandonment, and HIV/AIDS. Some of the children in our project are orphans who were abandoned as newborn babies, rescued and taken care of by nuns in Catholic shelter and turned back into the community in young childhood.
Mashaka Children’s Centre started with 120 children, the school currently supports 200 children from Kindergarten to Grade 8.