You can help me try to bring peace to Nairobi slums

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‘Blessed are the peacemakers’

Sept. 13, 2013, edition
By James K. Kimeu

In July 2012, armed with a St. John’s University undergraduate degree in political science, a St. Cloud State University master’s degree in social responsibility (Justice) and a Minnesotan accent, I joined Caritas Nairobi — the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi, Kenya, in their peace building mission.

jameskimeuA large population, congestion, lack of jobs and idleness explain the crippled slums of Nairobi.

As many live in shanties and struggle to get their daily basic needs, the youth find themselves in gangs of crime and destruction which are easy targets of dirty politicians who pay them to make menace where and when needed.

Ethnic-based crimes and theft cause insecurity, death and tensions between the residents.

As the St. Cloud Diocese calls us to “do good to the earth” this year, Caritas Nairobi would like to invite you to join its mission in justice and peace-building activities in the most affected slums of Nairobi.

James K. Kimeu is Justice and Peace Building Coordinator for Caritas Nairobi — Archdiocese of Nairobi, Kenya. Reach him at

World Mission Sunday, a great chance to connect with, pray for and support the many mission efforts of the Catholic Church world-wide, is coming up Oct. 20. Please pray and give generously.


James Kimeu gives out Peace Club materials, left, to grade school children in the Kariobangi slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Kimeu is currently in the St. Cloud area and available to share details of his experience and work of Caritas Nairobi towards holistic human development, alleviating human suffering and enhancing social justice.
To arrange for Kimeu to speak with your school, parish or group, or to support the peace building efforts of Kenya, contact the St. Cloud Mission Office: 320-251-1100.