|Uzimatele Educational Centre.|
Uzimatele Educational Centre is a ministry of Tumaini Ministries Centre currently under the headship of Pastor James Mburu. Started in 2008, Uzimatele Educational Centre was meant to mobilize the community, educate them on matters of health, education, family among others.
Tumaini Ministries Centre which is now 18 years old seats on a three quarters of land in Gitwamba, Mwiki was the springboard upon which Uzimatele Educational Centre. The school started from a group of church members and community instituted by Pastor Mburu; one of the Pentecostal pastors who have gone through the VISION Conference as facilitated by Pastor Ayimba. The church started off by offering education to the old people in the community the vulnerable children- orphans within the Gitwamba and the larger Kasarani area of Nairobi County.
“When I attended the VISION Conference, I learnt about serving God and humanity,” says Pastor Mburu. 10 years back, many children within Gitwamba were not going school as there was none in their community. The nearest public school is 5 Kilometers away and thus when the Uzimbatele Education Centre was started, parents within Gitwamba were happy that their children would access education.
The school started off officially in 2007 and to date, has upto class six. Starting off with 6 children and volunteer teachers, the school has grown in leaps and bound to over 200 students in 2016 and atleast 10 teachers.
In the school that now serves over 200 students 12 of whom are from a neighboring Islamic orphanage, Pastoral Programme Instruction (PPI) is conducted every Wednesday where the pupils get to be immersed into biblical worldviews. Assemblies are also held on Mondays and Fridays where the students recite memory verses, sings hymns and pray before embarking in the academic lessons of the day.
The school is devoted to teaching the young ones about God, work, through mentorship programme especially for those who are from class 4 and above. The school nurtures behavior and emphasizes on obedience to God and parents for the school going children.
The church also formed a youth group alongside sports targeted to reach the youth within Gitwamba community with the gospel of the Kingdom. The youth who engage in football, basketball and cricket meet every weekend at the school-church compound where they engage in sports and then end with sharing of the word of God.
Church members have been taught the word of God through bible studies over the years and are living a transformed life. “I am impressed with the sincere love for God and genuine Christianity exhibited in this community” says Amos who is one of the teachers at Uzimatele.
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