St Joseph Technical Secondary School has a rich history that dates back to 1987 when it started only as a Training Centre. It was later converted into St Joseph Technical Secondary School in 2005, blending both secondary education and vocational training to children and youth within Kangemi.

We at St Joseph are committed to working with stakeholders and students to provide quality learning facilities for technological, professional, and technical education for the industrial development of the Kangemi area and the country at large.

The institute is a secondary, post-secondary technical, industrial, vocational, and entrepreneurial training (TIVET). It is a direct outgrowth of the increasing demand for technical manpower required in Kenya today.

The school targets youths aged 18-35 years and offers courses in Hairdressing & Beauty, Fashion & Design (i.e., Tailoring and Dressmaking), Computer Studies, and Electrical & Electronic Installation.

All students enrolled in the Vocational section are required to undertake the Computer course, which is offered for free. The computer classes begin at 8.30 am-10 am before the students proceed to their respective workshops for other lessons.

St Joseph Technical School has highly trained and qualified teachers and staff committed to providing quality training that is innovative, competency-oriented, and research-based that consistently meets the market expectations and demand.

Ongoing practical lessons at the Hairdressing and Beauty Workshop.

Every student is assured of getting a quality education because:

  • We have industry-driven courses
  • We have state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • We have the best-qualified Lecturers
  • We Embrace Technology in Learning
  • Our environment is conducive for learning
  • We install church values in our students

Mission- To transform lives through evangelization, pastoral care, and socio-economic development

Vision- A community living a Christ-like life in the service of humanity

Core Values

  • Respect and uphold the dignity of the human person
  • Preferential option for the poor
  • Honesty
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Communion with and service to others
  • Stewardship

Thematic Focus

  • Pastoral Care and Spiritual Development Pillar
  • Education
  • Livelihoods and empowerment
  • Health Pillar
  • Institutional Development

Location- Kangemi, Along Thing'o Road of Waiyaki Way

The parish adopts the system of subdividing a parish into manageable portions best known as Small Christian Communities (SCC) which ensures efficiency in ministering to the high population of faithful, a concept highly recommended by both the Association of Members of Episcopal Conference of Eastern Africa (AMECEA) and the Kenya Catholic Conference of Bishops(KCCB). Over time, the number of the SCCs has grown and increased to a current of 31 communities. In their structures, each SCC has a moderator, secretary and treasurer and their assistants. The parish retains eyes and presence on the ground through various leaders and ministries who also play various designated critical roles. These individuals inform the parish of any urgent matters affecting the vulnerable including cases of death, neglect of children and so on. In return, the Development arm of the Parish works with such leaders to offer appropriate support; youth representatives who link the parish with the youth in the slums; the liturgical ministers who are well adept with the Roman Catholic liturgy and help prepare their communities for the weekly masses; and catechists who teach catechumen the Catholic faith and prepare them for sacraments. As a best practice, these community leaders are drawn from the communities living in Kangemi since they are more in touch and in close proximity with the community members.

St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Parish strives to continually build the capacities of the various leaders in an effort to ensure that they are best equipped to execute their mandate effectively and efficiently. The parish also retains a strong connection with the community through encouraging members to participate in decision making as well as through meeting their various needs to the best possible levels.

St. Joseph Development Programmes is the developmental wing of the broader St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Kangemi. St. Joseph the Worker Parish, a parish in the informal settlement areas of Kangemi, is a Catholic Parish under the Nairobi Archdiocese.

The Parish was established in 1985 by the Jesuit Fathers of Eastern Africa Province. As the developmental wing of St. Joseph the Worker parish, St. Joseph Development Programmes Office was created in its current form in 1987 to coordinate and manage the various social apostolic works of the Parish.

SJDP Board of Management pose with management staff of SJDP during a visit to the Offices

Started in 1985, St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Parish is one of the 112 parishes of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi and is one of eight parishes that constitute the Nairobi Western Deanery. The church was started by the Jesuits of Eastern Africa Province, under the leadership of Late Archbishop Maurice Cardinal Otunga, in response to various gaps identified within Kangemi.

The news of absence of a Catholic Church in Kangemi reached Fr. Gachuga and the late Sr. Martin Wanjiru with the Sister starting an initiative to mobilize sponsors who would aid towards the purchase of a land on which a church would be built. With the generous support from Mr. and Mrs. Mary Hues, a piece of land was acquired where a grass thatched house, only adequate to shelter the priest during Mass celebration, was put up. From 1981-1984, Christians continued to contribute towards the construction of a church made of iron sheet with the Kangemi Church still operating as an outstation of St. John the Baptist-Riruta. Language was still a big challenge and as time passed, Christians had to learn Swahili language and songs for use during mass.

On 1st May 1985, the Jesuit Provincial and other priests visited the Kangemi outstation. It is this day that St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Parish was officially opened and handed over to the Jesuits by Late Cardinal Michael Otunga. Fr. Joseph Payeur, SJ was the first Parish Priest of the new Parish.

Since its formation, the parish has grown into a beacon of hope lighting the larger Kangemi slum. Today, St. Joseph the Worker- Kangemi Catholic Parish is the only catholic parish serving the larger Kangemi area which spans around 10 Kilometers.

In line with the motivation behind the establishment of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Parish, the Jesuit missionaries, the early Jesuit priests, a pool of generous donors, and many more stakeholders, the Church is renowned for its work among the poor and the least advantaged in society.

How we Work

Empowering Youth