The Boran Children's Education Centre's initiation was a brain child of Pastor Mohammed Wario Roba and his wife Phina.
Born from a very devout Muslim family in Ethiopia, Mohammed converted to Christianity in his youth in Kenya as a result he was abandoned by his family thus spent most of his time in the streets. As a result he learnt a lot from a Catholic Priest Father Groa who saved him from the streets and gave him opportunities to learn different trade skills and from missionaries who trained him as a Pastor. He worked with various missionaries evangelizing the word of God and helping the destitute in Kenya starting from 1992. The end result was the starting of Boran Children's Education Centre.
Established in 1997 the main objective of the Boran Children's Education Centre was to help alleviate poverty in the Huruma, Mathare, Korogocho, Ngomongo, KeMaiko and the surrounding neighborhoods by proving education, food, medical assistance, counseling to the orphans, the destitute, poor children and their families. As a result of this early childhood education from Baby class to Primary education level has been made available to all age groups, and youth activities and women empowerment programs have been open to all.
The center is committed in supporting the needy children and their families by providing minimum basic survival requirements and counseling aimed at the promotion of human dignity and self esteem. Education provides children with opportunities to escape poverty, gain a voice in their community and experience a better quality of life. But worldwide, more than 120 million children are unable to attend school.
Boran Children's Education Centre is a community based project situated in the slums of Huruma / New Mathare within Nairobi capital city. The project was well designed to take care of slum children between 1 and 16 years old. It's mission was to rescue, rehabilitate and educate the destitute children who are often neglected, abandoned, and living in the streets.
The project is situated in the economically deprived Huruma / New Mathare slums area where poverty, HIV/AIDS, unemployment, illiteracy and social-economic infrastructure is severly lacking. This results in the neglect of sick children, the breaking up of families, and a growing number of AIDS orphans.
The Boran project offers competitve early childhood education in the community. Plans are underway to initiate income generating activities such as micro-finance schemes to empower women both socially and economically for self sustainability purposes with an aim to disconnect the project from donor dependence.