Development: Progress and achievements since the inception of the Diocese
The Diocese of Nyeri and Mt. Kenya has gone through tremendous growth and development in all aspects from its inception ranging from economic, spiritual, physical and social growth. Some of the accomplished projects include:
1. The Chancery and Diocese Spiritual Center: This building caters to all the spiritual needs of the Diocese: the priests, laity and the community surrounding it. This spiritual center is where the administration offices and all the records are kept. It is located at the center of the Diocese to allow accessibility from every side of the Diocese. This center is also convenient because this where we have enough space for establishment of Diocese offices and other institutions and projects.
2. The Convent: The housing of the convent has been established to the Diocese center. This was built by funds or donations from our brothers and sisters in the United States of America. This convent could not have been started and completed without the effort of mother Johanna who labored looking for all the resources that were needed. After its completion the convent will serve as our spiritual hub for our monastic nuns in order to attend to their spiritual needs and those of the Diocese as well.
3. Bishop Kong’ai Girls High School: The school was started in January 2020, in order to meet the educational needs of the girls in the Diocese and beyond. We were able to admit our first students February, 2020 and 31 girls were admitted into form one. The school was transformed from the previous St. Antony Day and Mixed Secondary School which was not doing very well in academics and general structure of the school. It is anticipated that in the next four years the school will have about 180-260 students. Most of the students studying in the school are sponsored by the church.
4. Motorbike project: This was the first mission that the Diocese embarked on immediately when the Bishop was enthroned in may 2016. The Bishop has managed to acquire for every priest a motorbike to help with the mission work and in their pastoral duties.
5. Farming: The Diocese has embarked in agricultural investment whereby it has bought five acres of land in Laikipia through the help of financial support from the church of Finland and Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) in the United States. The land is for growing maize and other food crops for substantive food production. Other farming activities are also being practiced at the Diocese center like dairy keeping, poultry, beekeeping for papadhias and maize farming.
A. The Diocese projects for women:
We focused first on women because of their immediate need and interest. Now the women are doing table banking, giving loans amongst themselves to promote their small scale and large businesses. Women are also engaged in basket making at St. Nina in Meru and Mat making in Embu.
B. Establishment and Construction of new churches: New communities have been established and some churches which were under construction have been completed and consecrated. The Church of Saint Katherine and Virgin Mary in Kaluli-Meru has been completed and consecrated. The other semi- permanent churches that have been completed are; Saint Moses and Nektarios at Gatitu, Nyeri, St. Dionysios Orthodox Church at Naibrom, Nanyuki, Saint Anne Orthodox Church in Meru Town, St. Mark Orthodox Church at Gatuanyaga, Embu, St. Athanasius Orthodox Church at..in Laikipia and archangel Michael at Ngamongo, Nyahururu.
C. Established Institutions: We have the following institutions in our Diocese: St. John Orthodox Secondary School, Ngoru Orthodox Secondary School, Lobere Orthodox Primary School, Bishop Kong’ai Girls Secondary School, St. John primary school and orphanage, St. Makarios primary school, St. Mark Academy and St. James primary school both in Meru.
The Diocese has established several orphanages which are largely supported by donations from sister churches abroad. Many individuals and friends of our Diocese have continued to be the backbone of this philanthropic mission. These orphanages are;
The Diocese has established several orphanages which are largely supported by donations from sister churches abroad. Many individuals and friends of our Diocese have continued to be the backbone of this philanthropic mission. These orphanages are:
The St. Nina's Orphanage and Mission Center, located in Gacorone-Marimanti, Tharaka Nithi County of Kenya, serves as a beacon of hope during these unprecedented times for the local people of the Diocese of Nyeri and Mt. Kenya.
Recently established in June of 2020 by His Grace Bishop Neofitos, along with mission priest and director Fr. Makarios Chipalila Mulenga, the St. Nina’s Center addresses the spiritual needs and great poverty that affects many who live in the acutely arid region. Such needs consist of local Orthodox pastoral care through catechism, a healthy Church life, care for the orphaned, opportunity to empower women through trade development, and most importantly, access to clean drinking water and food.
Established Institutions: We have the following institutions in our Diocese: St. John Orthodox Secondary School, Ngoru Orthodox Secondary School, Lobere Orthodox Primary School, Bishop Kong’ai Girls Secondary School, St. John primary school and orphanage, St. Makarios primary school, St. Mark Academy and St. James primary school both in Meru.
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