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Ruben Centre Music Ochestra
The Ruben Centre organised a music Ochestra during the August 2018 Holiday for primary and secondary school students who were interested in learning music instruments. This was made possible through partnership with Gheto Classics. Within a short period, the students are now gurus in playing different music instruments.
Watch out for the upcoming Music Camp this April Holidays which will look into empowering the children musically and to grow their confidence to speak and sing to the world. Five of our music students have also been given a golden opportunity to travel to Poland in June to showcase their prowess in playing music instrument as well as engage in other Art and performing skills.
Our vision for this orchestra is for it to be a true instrument for uniting the whole slum community, including the children, youth and adults alike. Primary children when they progress to high school are welcome back every Saturday and holiday period to continue their music education. Eventually these older young adults will become the teachers and mentors for the younger ones.
Ruben Centre runs 27 different development programs, spread across 5 primary categories.
The Ruben Centre Health Clinic began in a tin shed in 1992 and was first started by a Japanese NGO – African Education Fund. After the Christian Brothers began administering the Centre, a new clinic was built and it opened in 2003. This new clinic offered much needed improvements and to date the clinic offers a range of services to residents of Mukuru Slums and beyond.
Ruben Centre’s strategic Objective one is To Improve Access to and provide Quality Primary, Secondary and Vocational Education to children in the slums of Mukuru. A.E.F Ruben Primary is a public sponsored school by the Christian Brothers - Australia.The school has a population of over 3,000 children with 58 teachers ;28 government teachers and 30 project teachers.
Social & Economic Empowerment
Aims to provide livelihood opportunities to extremely vulnerable women and Youth in Mukuru Slums. It uses theoretical and hands-on skills training in different handcrafts to ensure professional, innovative, holistic and technical input that enhances their work opportunities and gives greater awareness around business development and management.
Advocacy & Networking
Advocacy and Networking is Ruben Centre’s fourth strategic direction in the five-year 2016-2020 strategic plan for Ruben Centre. This strategic objective is embedded in a wider advocacy and network of the Christian Brother’s strategic objective adopted in 2014 in Nairobi. Therefore Ruben Centre is achieving the objective for the Christian Brother’s, which is stated in their mission.
With a focus in strengthened human, institutional ad infrastructure of Ruben Centre to effectively continue to respond to the needs of Mukuru Community by: Sustaining Capacity building opportunities including recruitment and retention of staff in all departments and sections including proper succession procedures to avoid any gaps left by staff who leave the organisation.
As the only Community Centre, and “one stop shop” in Kwa Ruben our diversity of projects enables choice and change for people who are caught in the "poverty penalty”, and, whose vulnerability is more pronounced because of the lack of government/donor funded investment in this particular slum. In fact, over the past two years, the slums of Mukuru have been highlighted in a number of international studies, and these indicated the negative impacts experienced by this community, because of the minimal attention or support received from the Kenya National and County Governments.
Children access free primary education
A.E.F Ruben Primary School has continued to offer free-quality primary education to children in the Mukuru Slums and beyond. The school is a public-sponsored. Thousands of students have completed their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education at Ruben Centre. The school has 58 teachers: 30 project teachers paid by Christian Brothers and 28 government teachers. 50 children with disability are also accessing free education through the Ruben Centre Special Unit.
years of serving Mukuru Community
Ruben Centre was started in 1986 by a Mercy Sister, Sr. Mary Killeen who saw the need to start a primary school for children in the slums who did not have access to education. She Handed over the Centre to a Japaneese organisation ;African Education Fund (AEF) who started the first clinic in 1993. The Japanese handed over the organisation to Christian Brothers- Australia in 2000 and they are currently offering 29 programs tailored to empower the Mukuru community.
delivered in ten months
Our first class birthing unit is offering dignified, free, 24/7 maternity services to women in Mukuru who would rather have delivered at home by help of unqualified mid-wife while others would end up in illegal pharmacies operated by quacks offering illegal delivery services. We also have a stand-by ambulance to respond to emergencies that may occur during delivery. We have had over 59 cases Referred for specialized care in advanced facilities.
Inclusion, Integration and Empowerment
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Kurt Fearnley’s Second Visit to Nairobi Kenya
Kurt Fearnley the Olympic games gold medalist and world champion last week visited Ruben centre for the second time now.In 2013 he visited Ruben Centre and it was pre Special Needs Unit days, but he clearly left a challenge for us around the needs of kids with Special disabilities . So in 2015, I had listened to so many stories about children with disabilities locked away in their home, and just knew it was time.
Celebrating World Radio Day 2019- Ruben FM
Radio is the mass medium reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognised as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium. Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level.
2019 is well and truly with us. The Centre opened up on January 2nd after a ten day break for Christmas and New year. However, the birthing unit remained in service 24/7 throughout and I even did a tour of duty Christmas eve waiting for a baby Jesus look alike. It didn’t happen until later into Christmas day.
Christmas Day may have been quiet but that can’t be said of the birthing unit since it was opened on June 2nd 2018. Well over five hundred mothers have presented themselves with around 470 babies and the difference being referrals of mothers with complications.
The birthing project is a free service for the mothers to be spoilt for a few hours and have a baby with the best of care available. The free service was built on the promise of a NHIF (National Health Insurance Fund) rebate to Ruben for every birth of a mother with her I D.
This ‘Linda Mama” (Care for Mothers) was an initiative of Kenya’s First lady some years back and something provoked by the high rates of neo natal deaths in the Country. As good as the rebate promise was it has taken till yesterday February 8th 2019 for the first installment to be paid. Yes, the US$5,000 payment in the new bank account made for great reading. This represents about one hundred and thirty-five mothers, so we have our hands out still for more. The wait was certainly worth it and now that we are on the books, we are counting on things getting faster.
You can become part of the Ruben Centre by getting involved with us in various ways. Ruben Centre welcomes people to join us by volunteering, donating to support our programs, signing up to become a Ruben Centre Champion or by visiting us to have a first hand experience of the work happening at Ruben Centre.
Be our Champion
We need champions (people, organisations, governments) who will work with us to create future opportunities and further the development opportunities for the Mukuru Community. You can do this by fundraising for our programs, linkages with possible donors and create awareness about our work to friends and social networks.
Volunteer with us
Are you a game changer? Are you looking for a place to volunteer your expertise in a Community Based Organisation in the heart of Mukuru Slums? Ruben Centre is looking for professional volunteers in areas of health, education, community development and areas of Organisational capacity to join us. You will get a fulfilling experience.
Our Programs are donor funded with our major donor being Edmund Rice Foundation Australia. We welcome individuals and organisations to donate towards Ruben Centre’s Different Programs. Your donation goes a long way to put a smile on the faces of the less privileged and the vulnerable people living in the slums of Mukuru.