Where it all began
Mother Esther School and Rescue Center was founded when 26 young women demanded a better life and a brighter future for themselves. In December 2015, these girls, ages 12-14 years, fled their rural homes for fear they would be forced into child marriage like so many of their peers. They ran to Loodokilani PCEA Church to seek sanctuary and searched specifically for Reverend Charles Maina, a vocal advocate for the rights of girls and women in the area. The Loodokilani congregation responded by turning their church sanctuary into a dormitory and classroom for the girls – a place where they could learn and grow in safety.
Mother Esther School is a ministry of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa located in Kajiado Presbytery and supported by PCEA members and congregations throughout Kenya.