About us


The Christian Ministries to the Destitute (CMD) was founded in the year 2000 by Bishop Laban and Rev. Gladys Wekesa. Bishop Laban and Rev. Gladys Wekesa are ordained ministers of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Nakuru, Kenya. CMD was born out of the compassion the Wekesa’s had for the increasing number of orphans and vulnerable children in the Rhonda slum of Nakuru, Where their church ministry is based. Rhonda is the largest slum in Nakuru hosting over 250,000 households.


Nakuru is the fourth largest city in Kenya with an approximate population of over a half a million people. It is the headquarters of the Rift Valley Province of Kenya. It is centrally located in the middle of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley that runs from the north to southern Africa. This is the province that has the largest game parks which attract tourists from all over the world. The increase in the number of orphans and venerable children in Nakuru area is as a result of several factors among them:- The Escalating HIV and AIDS Scourge. Rhonda slum has the highest prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS in the whole of Nakuru City


The 1990s ethnic clashes in Nakuru District and the neighbouring districts contributed a lot to the increase in the number of homeless people. Most of the people who moved to Nakuru settled in the Rhonda slums within the municipality of Nakuru either for security reasons, or as an alternative place of refuge away from the clash prone areas. As a result of apathy and loss of livelihoods, some of the internally displaced persons and their children ended up living on the streets of Nakuru. Ethnic violence in the Rift Valley is largely spurred by the contest for resources. The region featured very prominently in the most recent 2007 post election violence and bore the largest number of internally displaced persons.


Tough economic times experienced by Kenya, like many other Sub-Sahara Africa countries, have also aggravated the poverty levels, leading to many impoverished people ending up on the streets


Rural urban migration in search of employment and better living standards has also contributed to the swelling numbers of orphans and homeless people. Hence, the proximity of Nakuru to Nairobi, Kisumu and Eldoret – three other major cities has made it possible for street families to re-locate to Nakuru with great ease at any given time. The above factors coupled with numerous other social-economic pressures led to the emergence of CMD – Pistis Centre as part of the solution to alleviate the plight of the orphans and vulnerable children in Nakuru and her environs.

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