Breaking the cycle of poverty through education.

an initiative of Ololo Safari Lodge  & St Johns School ,

Kibera Slum, Nairobi 

St. John's primary school was started by Josiah Munyutu in the year 2002, with the aim of helping the orphans, street children and the poor. It now has over 400 students.

Goal #1. To completely renovate every classroom in the school, to create an environment for learning.  It is difficult to learn and concentrate in a classroom with minimal light, or a leaking roof. We want to change that. By giving each classroom a complete structural renovation, we will improve the quality of education and the future of these kids lives. 

Kibera is Africa's largest slum, with 800,000 people living in an area the size of New York Central Park. Most of Kibera slum residents live in extreme poverty, earning less than $1.00 per day. Unemployment rates are high. Persons living with HIV in the slum are many, as are AIDS cases. There are few schools, and most people cannot afford education for their children. 

Coffee Table Book


How you can help. 

In 2019 we published the coffee table book Kibera: a maze of life, in conjunction with photographer Whitney Palmer. All proceeds from the book go directly to supporting the school. 

Kibera, a maze of life captures life inside Africa's largest slum, and St Johns School, Nice Coffee Co's first school project. A collection of stories, photographs and poems that tells the story of a place filled with hardship and challenges, juxtaposed with the hope and opportunity that education provides. 

Copyright © 2019 Ololo Lodge.  All Rights Reserved.

Photo Credits: Vanessa Knight, Kimberley Hickok, Stephan,

Sean Dundas, Jim Chapman.


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