Kenya, on the east African coast has a popultation of more than twenty-eight million people in thirty eithnic tribes.
A former British colony they gained independence in 1963. Life expectency for the people is 55.7 years while infant mortality is 69 per 1000 live births.
In January 2002 the Daughters of Charity opened two houses in Kenya. One in Thigio in the Archdiocese of Nairobi the other some five hundred kilometres further north in the mountains in Chepnyal in the Diocese of Kitale.
Two years later, in September 2004, in view of the wider needs, a third house was opened in the Karen/Nairobi area. Called 'Chanzo', which in Kiswahili means roots or source this house has been established as the administrative headquarters for the Daughters of Charity in Kenya for the future. It was here in January 2008 that the Seminary (formation house) was opened.
While the Province of Ireland takes responsibility for this Mission Outreach, it is a collaborative venture involving, in addition, the five Provinces of the USA, Australia and Great Britian and the African Provinces of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Nigeria.