Siloam was created in 1992 by Bishop Stephen Munyolo & his wife Esther. They witnessed some members of their church dying and leaving children as orphans, and decided to shelter them. Because of the children’s very young age, Stephen first created a nursery school and a kindergarten. But then in 1993, with no money to send the growing children to elementary school, he decided to form their own school so that the children could get an education with their small budget, whilst outsiders attended the school as fee payers. As the years passed he added new classes and in 2007 he opened a Secondary School (or High School). Siloam then became both an orphanage and a school.
Siloam is located in the slums of Kibera, the second largest in the world with one million people living in conditions of extreme poverty, crime and insalubrity.
Siloam is made up of :
-One Kindergarten and one Elementary School (8 classrooms, one office and one teachers room);
-One Secondary School, (3 classrooms and 1 office);
-One kitchen and one storeroom.
For 8 years we supported this orphanage. The secondary school in Kibera has grown into a successful business. Today the orphanage has moved to western Kenya, close to the town of Bungoma. There, in a rural environment, it is safer, especially for the girls and also cheaper to run. Finding it difficult to monitor our help from Nairobi, we decided to let Stephen and Esther run Siloam with the assistance of other organisation.