Ruben Maternity Clinic First Anniversary
Ruben Maternity Unit First year Anniversary
The Ruben Centre Maternity Unit was officially opened 0n 22nd June 2018. This was after a feasibility test and an exit interview with our customers who when asked which other services they would want to access at Ruben Centre, 99% of the responses pointed out he need for a birthing unit in Mukuru. After a great effort by donors, ruben clinic and the ruben management, the new unit was started.
The vision of the Maternity is to offer dignified, accessible,respectful and affordable maternity services to the women of Mukuru and beyond and in a period of one year only, we have managed to serve over 950 mothers, delivered 855 babies and referred over 130 mothers to higher health facilities after they developed complications.
The Maternity Unit also has grown from a four-bed to 12 beds maternity. The Nairobi Governor has been very supportive and is currently funding four nurses who are working at the unit. He also donated 15 modern maternity beds and an ultra- scanning machine.
We are looking forward to a great year of offering respectful maternity health care to our women in Mukuru and beyond.
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.
accessed Maternity services in a period of one year
The Ruben Centre Maternity Unit was officially opened 0n 22nd June 2018. The vision of the Maternity is offer dignified,accessible,respectful and affordable maternity health care services to the women of Mukuru and beyond and in a period of one year only, we have managed to serve over 950 mothers, delivered 855 babies and referred over 130 mothers to higher health facilities after they developed complications.
Message by Laura Saldanha on her experience at the Ruben Centre
I can’t believe my 12 months at Ruben Centre has come to an end. I came here with little knowledge about the culture and what exactly I was supposed to be doing, but I was welcomed so warmly by all the staff at the centre and quickly felt a part of the team. Freddy the Occupational Therapist had already done an incredible job in increasing the size of the Therapy Department and I came at the right time to assist in managing the increasing client load.
This proposal and Business Plan for The Mukuru Employment Agency (MEA) – has been developed as a way forward towards viable employment for residents of Mukuru Kwa Ruben. The concept is developed to support the challenges faced through the employment placement and transition to work, and most importantly to create opportunities to connect employer to employee.
Information Technology Centre Opens at AEF Ruben School
On July 17 AEF Ruben School took another big step forward with the opening of the Information Technology Centre. The opening was attended by teaching staff and members of the management team. Principal Scholasica and Director Frank cut a ribbon for the occasion.
The biggest event by far to impact on Ruben Centre in the past couple of week was the conclusion of the Centre Development Director volunteer placement and her subsequent departure.
Bev Watkinson came as a Pacific Lay Missionary Society volunteer in April 2016 and soon was totally immersed in a million and one things, and such was the scale of her immersion that she even forgot about time. Her placement was for two years and the first two years flew by with such a hiss and roar that she extended her time here until three years and three months before finally throwing in the towel.
Bev began working as a Coordinator of the Human Development and Skills Training Program but by the end of that first year she had sorted that out and so I asked her to run with a new position to be known as Centre Development Director. In this position Bev brought the Centre into the 21st Century with a myriad of organisation systems and procedures.
On behalf of the whole Ruben Centre Community I thank Bev for her enormous contribution to the Centre and of course we hope that her connections with the Centre will not end here. Please take 14 minutes and click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkBHCn5wk8w and watch the last interview with Bev during our Project leader’s monthly meeting.
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.