Mathare Center

Community Profile

Mathare is the second largest slum in Nairobi. It is a densely populated community notorious for crime and gang activity. During one scout trip to this area, a community member told us that many residents raise their children in the Islam tradition because in Kenyan culture a Christian funeral is too expensive, and most children are killed or die during their teenage years because of the violence in this community. CARE for AIDS began working in Mathare in October of 2016. 

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Center Staff


Medical Counselor: Joan Waitherero Njihia

Joan grew up in Nairobi, Huruma location. She is the first born in a family of three. She has been employed with CFA since 2017. Joan says her favorite part of the job is home visits.

" Most of our clients do not get visitors to their homes so when I visit them they feel good and encouraged. Being part of their lives is a joy to me.”

Spiritual Counselor, Jude Muchiri Karanja

Jude was born and raised in Mathare slums. He is the first born of an artist father and homemaker mother. His mother loved the Lord and was a missionary when she was young. Jude dreams his clients will also love the Lord. He wants them to escape extreme poverty as he did and have healthier families and relationships.


center history


2016-2017 80 29 208

2017-2018 78 6 186

2018-2019 TBD TBD TBD

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