In the middle of the slum, in a neighbourhood called Makina, a group of proactive women created the “Stara Rescue Center” a special place of protection and education for orphans and street children. “Stara” is a phrase in Swahili and its full meaning is “If you insist on your way, you´ll have peace in the end”
In 1994, the women began a self-help group called “Stara Peace Women Organization.” In 2007, the UN Information Centre in Nairobi described one of them, Josephine Mumo, as the driving force behind the Stara Project.
The centre began in 2000 with half a dozen street children. Today, around 600 children aged from 4 to 18 years are cared for through a daily program of food and education.