Who We Are - Kerwata
KERWATA is the Social Projects Development Office (SPDO) of the Salesian Sisters of the East Africa Province which is committed to social ministry through its 12 educational and social development centers located where they need them most, throughout Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.
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Who We Are

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KERWATA is the Projects Development Office (PDO) of the Salesian Sisters of the East Africa Province which is based in Hurlingham, Nairobi, and committed to the service of its beneficiaries through its 12 Educational and Social Development Centers that are spread across 3 countries in East Africa. These countries include Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.


KERWATA coordinates and supports all the educational and social development activities of the province, by way of mobilization of resources towards financial assistance, provision of equipments and arrangement for need-based trainings.


KERWATA facilitates implementing, monitoring, evaluating and improving the programs. It takes initiative to build links with other NGOs and to incorporate offices for fund-raising by coordinating programmes and  job placement options.

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KERWATA is committed to be a catalyst for positive change in East Africa (Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania) through effective programs and projects for vulnerable children, youth, women and communities, promoting education, economic, social and spiritual empowerment.


KERWATA envisages a just and harmonious society where the young people, women and communities are empowered through sustainable development programs and projects.

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Core Values

  • Hospitality
  • Reconciliation
  • Communion
  • Integrity
  • Transparency

  • Commitment
  • Family spirit
  • Cheerfulness
  • Upholding human rights
  • Prayer

Where We Are

Who We Are Kenya tab minThe Republic of Kenya is a country in Eastern Africa, with a population of approximately 41 million people. It lies on the equator and is bordered by Ethiopia (North), Somalia (East), Tanzania (South), Uganda (West), and Sudan (Northwest), with the Indian Ocean running along the southeast border. It has an extension of 582,646 sq. km. Kenya is a diverse nation of 42 distinct ethnic groups. Official languages are Swahili and English and the currency is the Kenyan Shilling.


Kenya’s political context has been heavily shaped by historical domestic tensions and contestation associated with centralisation and abuse of power, high levels of corruption, a more than two decades long process of constitutional review and post-election violence. The approval of the new constitution in 2010 and relatively peaceful elections in March 2013 are milestones constituting steps forward in Kenya’s transition from political crisis.


Kenya has the largest and most diverse economy in East Africa, with an average annual growth rate of over 5% for nearly a decade. In terms of Human Development Index Kenya ranks highest in the region. Its entrepreneurship and human capital give it huge potential for further growth, job creation and poverty reduction. The recent discovery of oil and other mineral resources creates great potential for the Kenyan economy. However, despite a decline of the country’s absolute poverty rate, wealth has not been distributed equally. Kenya remains a highly unequal society by income, by gender, and by geographical location. Poverty is highest in the arid and semi-arid areas that cover about 80% of the land area and are inhabited by about 20% of the population. Poverty also affects the coastal area, which receives fewer resources. Rapid population growth is another major challenge, further complicated by high unemployment rates especially among the youth. More than 70 per cent of Kenya’s population are below the age of 30 and the population under age 14 alone amounts to 43 percent.

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The Republic of Rwanda is a sovereign state in central and east Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As of 2015, the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda estimates Rwanda’s population to be 11,262,564. Rwanda is in the African Great Lakes region and is highly elevated; its geography is dominated by mountains in the west and savanna to the east, with numerous lakes throughout the country. The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons each year.


The population is young and predominantly rural, with a density among the highest in Africa. Rwandans are drawn from just one cultural and linguistic group, the Banyarwanda, although within this group there are three subgroups: the Hutu, Tutsi and Twa. The principal language is Kinyarwanda, spoken by most Rwandans, with English and French serving as official languages. Rwanda has a presidential system of government. Rwanda today has low corruption compared with neighbouring countries, although human rights organisations report suppression of opposition groups, intimidation and restrictions on freedom of speech. Rwanda is one of only two countries with a female majority in the national parliament.


Rwanda’s economy suffered heavily during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide (Hutu extremists killed an estimated 500,000 to 1.3 million Tutsi and moderate Hutu), but has since strengthened. The economy is based mostly on subsistence agriculture. Coffee and tea are the major cash crops for export. Tourism is a fast-growing sector and is now the country’s leading foreign exchange earner.

Who We Are Tanzania tab minThe United Republic of Tanzania is a large country in Eastern Africa within the African Great Lakes region. Parts of the country are in Southern Africa. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south; and by the Indian Ocean to the east. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is in northeaster Tanzania. Tanzania’s population of 51 million (2014) is diverse, composed of several ethnic, linguistic and religious groups.


Over 100 different languages are spoken in Tanzania, making it the most linguistically diverse country in East Africa. Among the languages spoken in Tanzania are all four of Africa’s language families: Bantu, Cushitic, Nilotic, and Khoisan. Swahili and English are Tanzania’s official languages.


Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world. As of 2014, Tanzania’s gross domestic product was an estimated $43.8 billion. Tanzania has made little progress towards reducing extreme hunger and malnutrition. The 2010 Global Hunger Index ranks the situation as “alarming”. Children in rural areas suffer substantially higher rates of malnutrition and chronic hunger, although urban-rural disparities have narrowed as regards both stunting and underweight.

Approximately 68 percent of Tanzania’s 51 million citizens live below the poverty line of $1.25 a day and 16 percent of children under 5 are malnourished. The most prominent challenges Tanzania faces in poverty reduction are unsustainable harvesting of its natural resources, unchecked cultivation, climate change and water- source encroachment, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

There are very few resources for Tanzanians in terms of credit services, infrastructure or availability to improved agricultural technologies, which further exacerbates hunger and poverty in the country according to the UNDP. Tanzania ranks 159 out of 187 countries in poverty according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014).

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