Jamii International Outreach Ministries is a ministry that started in June of 2004, when Ministers Maurice Kinyanjui, Kathy Larin, and Emily Soroko living abroad, were searching for a way to give thanks to the Lord for their own blessings and to share those blessings with the community where they grew up.
Having grown up the slums of Kibera in Nairobi Kenya, Jamii’s founders knew firsthand the hardship of growing up in poverty. Kibera is one of the largest slums in Africa with population estimates of over one million. The level of poverty, always high, has deepened in recent years due to population growth, a stagnant economy, and lack of sufficient employment. Medical care has also eroded as the demand for care has increased due to the scourge of AIDS. Approximately 80% of all youth aged 16-30 are unemployed, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that over 20% of the population is HIV positive. After praying for guidance, the founders of Jamii decided to start a children’s center that would provide a spiritual home to those in greatest need, children who had lost their parents to AID/HIV, poverty and other diseases.
The first step came with the donation of a building in Kibera that was converted from a bar to a feeding center. The center has prospered and has become a focal point in transforming the entire community. Soon after, the second center was established in Nakuru, and plans have been laid to break ground on a third and fourth center located in Embu and Nyahururu.
James Njoroge, Virginia • Maurice Kenyanjui-Founder, Maryland • Samuel Kibe, Maryland • Doctor Mutuiri Ituriciu, Maryland • Pastor Niyi Adams, Maryland.
Lucy Simiyu, Texas • Pastor LaVern, Maryland • Emily Soroko-Co-founder, Virginia • Teresa Cornway, Maryland