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St. Francis de Sales Secondary School, Mlolongo, Kenya

Grant Dollars Provide Secondary School Educational Opportunities for Poor and Orphaned Youth of Mlolongo, Kenya.


The Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS) mission at Mlolongo opened in 1999. The mission is situated in the Machakos Diocese of Kenya. It is in a rapidly growing rural-urban center located 25 kilometers southeast of the city of Nairobi. From its humble beginnings, the mission now includes the MSFS community house, St. Joseph Parish Church, St. Joseph's Vocational Training Center (which has successfully trained 3,500 youth and women for employment), and the SFS Integrated Primary School at Katani, which supports the education and care of HIV/AIDS orphans and other marginalized children.

The mission's most recent addition is St. Francis de Sales Mixed (coeducational) Secondary School. The new venture was launched due to the dare need of the place to accommodate rapidly growing number of Secondary school going boys and girls of the migrating families to the urban setup of Nairobi. Grant funds for construction of this school were obtained through the assistance of Living Waters International. The school entails a mixed (co-ed) secondary school comprised of four classrooms, an administration unit, a staff room, science lab, and a reception area.

Opened in 2011, the school contributes towards the local community's evangelization and human development efforts in the following ways:

  • The school offers holistic formation and education to girls and boys to enable them to grow to be responsible members of the community. It instills Christian morals and good behavior, as the teaching curriculum gives preference to pastoral and religious education. Students are encouraged to form and participate in Catholic students' associations in order to strengthen and practice their faith.
  • It nurtures a spirit of a Christian community. Teachers, parents, MSFS Fathers, Sisters and members of the community interact to support the successful formation and excellent academic performance of its students.
  • It contributes to the community's efforts to shield youth from negative influences and to prevent youth from engaging in risky behaviors. (Mlolongo town is a busy hub and stop-over center for long distance truck drivers who have a reputation of luring young girls and boys into prostitution and other social evils.)
  • The school promotes religious vocation opportunities for male and female students through religious formation and spiritual encounters with priests, Sisters and other religious. Religious practices are fostered through daily celebration of Holy Mass, morning prayers and other sacramental activities. During school holidays and weekends, in collaboration with St. Joseph's Parish, the school conducts retreats and other formation programs for the youth and other members of the Christian community.