The Tujisaidie Self-Help Group, Nairobi (formerly UDP) is a Christian community based organisation which was set up in 1991 to look after 350 families who were displaced from their homes in slum demolitions. CMSI has been involved with Tujisaidie since 1992.
Today the project works with the local community to improve health and sanitation, encourage education and youth work, and nurture income generating activities. Through these things Tujisaidie is seeking to make the love of Christ visible at the heart of a local community. CMSI has helped support many community initiatives including water provision, the Tujisaidie Community Centre School, the Tumaini African Foundation Youth Centre and Sports Outreach, care of the elderly community members, sanitation and community health, as well as income generating projects such as sewing and crafts.
The programme was co-founded by community leader Lucy Irungu, with support from Louise Wambui Githire, Isabelle Prondzynski (CMSI mission associate) and Kathleen Anyako Anangwe who continue to take an active role in overseeing activities, along with TAF CEO Antony Njoroge and Tujisaidie school principal John Omondi.
“We really value the personal relationships between the communities, the CMSI staff, the link churches and other supporters in Ireland – and we hope for the continuation of these relationships in the future.”