SRC at a Glance
A people drawn to God through physical and spiritual expression of Christian love
Effectively identify, develop and manage social responsibility programs, build capacity, respond to and coordinate rapid response in times of national disasters.
- Identify, develop and manage appropriate and applicable social responsibility issues and programs.
- Build capacity for supporting social cases.
- Empower SRC to achieve its mission.
- To build and strengthen collaborative networks, partnerships and linkages.
1. Weekly Church Services And Feeding Program For Street Boys At Joseph Kang’ethe Street Boys Rehabilitation Center In Kibera.
This program was launched on 1st November 2015. Members of SRC visit the center every Sunday where they hold a church service with boys from 10.30am to 1pm. The church service includes a praise in worship session, intercessory prayers, a sermon and a session of prayer requests presented by the boys.
After the church service, the boys are given lunch which they share with the visitors.
SRC has identified other needs at the center and have met them through donations of items such as: detergents for cleaning, clothes, shoes, books, benches.
SRC has partnered with other church groups in this ministry such as the Health Professionals ministry in holding medical camps at the center where the boys undergo medical checkups and are given medicine for issues identified.
SRC has also partnered with PCMF in placing some street boys from the center who meet the criteria to HAWA Children’s home so that they can have a more permanent residence and can go through school.
2. Training Of Social Cases.
By virtue of its location at the heart of the city, P.C.E.A. St. Andrew’s church receives cases of social nature who visit the church seeking assistance of various kinds. The needs received and attended to include: medical issues, food, clothes, shoes, beddings, school fees, transport for people stranded in Nairobi, on a one off basis.
All the donations are received from well wishers who are mostly the members of the P.C.E.A. St. Andrew’s church.
Some of the social cases who frequent the church are identified and taken through empowerment skills trainings so that they can be able to cater for their needs and those of their families.
Over the years, social cases have been trained on areas such as: making soap/detergents, baking, beadwork, milk value addition/making yoghurt, poultry farming, savings, and group formation. From these trainings, several success stories have been reported of people who were previously homeless but can now rent a house and fend for their families.
3. Emergency Response
Over the years, P.C.E.A. St. Andrew’s has responded to disasters in Nairobi and beyond. This is from the 2007/2008 PEV victims to disasters that have happened later like collapse of buildings, fires, terrorist attacks, etc.
In the recent past, P.C.E.A. St. Andrew’s has partnered with the government and other humanitarian organizations to respond to emergencies. In September 2013, the church donated items towards the Westgate terrorist attack.
In March 2015, the church offered hospitality services to the relatives and friends of the Garissa University attack who were there to identify the bodies of their loved ones by camping at the Chiromo Mortuary where they would gave catering services throughout that period.
In April 2016, the church responded to the Huruma collapsed building by donating; bread, milk, vegetables, water, sanitary towels, diapers, shoes and clothes.
The church also gives donations of foodstuff, clothes, beddings, etc. in times of fire outbreaks especially in the informal settlements in Nairobi.
4. S.R.C Visits Needy Institutions To Offer Physical And Spiritual Support.
Every year, SRC identifies needy institutions and makes donations of: foodstuff, clothes, shoes, etc. They also visit those institutions to minister to and pray with the residents. Some of the institutions that have been visited in the recent past include:
- Huruma home for the aged in Nairobi
- Decip Childrens home in Dagoreti
- Nairobi Childrens home in Kabete
- Upendo childrens home in Murang’a
- ibiku childrens home in Ngong
5. Capacity Building Trainings For Church Members.
SRC organizes trainings for members of the committee and also members of the church through the other church groups so that they are empowered in their social responsibility work. Some of the areas members have been trained on in the recent past include:
- Basic First aid skills
- Fire fighting
- Psychological first aid
- Program management
6. Social Office And Store
All the social activities of St. Andrew’s Parish are coordinated at the social office. The social office is currently manned by 2 social workers who are full time employees of the church. Adjacent to the social office is the social store where all donations are received, stored and then distributed to the relevant needy people and institutions.
Structure, Upcoming Events and Contacts
The Social Responsibility department is headed by a Chaplain. The current chaplain is Rev. Cyrus Wachira.
The Social Responsibility Committee is chaired by a Liaison elder. The current chair is Elder Mary Mugo.
The activities of SRC are coordinated by a social worker(s) who is (are) a full time staff member(s) of the church.
The Social Responsibility Committee meets once per month to take stock of their activities through the month and also to plan. The committee currently has 30 members who are volunteers from the congregation. The committee is further divided into 4 subcommittees to enhance proper running of its programs.
Social Responsibility Week
The first ever Social Responsibility Week of the St. Andrew’s Parish was held in the month of August 2016. This will be an annual event in the parish every August. The week is dedicated to celebrating the social responsibility activities in the parish.
Networking And Partnerships
Social Responsibility committee partners and networks with other organizations such as NGO’s, CBO’s, other churches, and also the government in serving the needy members of our community. Within St. Andrew’s, SRC partners with other church groups such as PCMF, Health Professionals, the Youth fellowship, Disability Ministry, etc.
- The activities and programs of SRC are currently fully funded by the church. Appeals are usually made to the members of the congregation who have continued to give generously towards the social responsibility work.
- The needs are however many and therefore need to mobilize more resources towards this noble work. The committee is currently working out fundraising strategies to enhance their work and expand the social programs.
- All donations towards social responsibility activities are usually accepted in cash and/or in kind. They can be dropped at the social office, the church office or the accounts office any day of the week.
- Have a Social Responsibility Center serving members of the community with various needs.
- Empower 100 disadvantaged people in society annually through empowerment skills trainings
- Enhance our networking base with other churches, NGO’s and other organizations in Social Responsibility.
- A piece of land to set up the Social Responsibility Center
- Funds to build workshops and classrooms in the Social Responsibility center
- Funds to offer Empowerment skills training to the social cases
- Dry foodstuffs (cereals, unga, rice, cooking oil, salt)
- Clothes, especially for men and children
Phone numbers :- 02027284657/0723732705
Social Responsibility Week 2017
Members agreed on the following activities for the week:-
Day/ date Date
Reading of mission statement and invitation to the week’s activities
All main services
Launch of the week and exposition of the Theme
Midweek service at 12.30-1.30 pm
Visit by all members to Nairobi Hospice
High Tea to raise funds for the empowerment center
Participation in all the church services