In order to uplift our people, we engage in different development projects like agriculture. In some of the places in which we live, people mostly use crude methods of cultivating or keeping of animal. When we created communities in theses areas, most of the people can now till their land or keep their animals which enable them get enough produce for their family and even some surplus for sell. We too get enough to eat and even sell to those who have no farms or animals in this way we uplift their standard of living and also create jobs for many.


The Holy Ghost Missionaries came to Bura in 1882 from France. As soon as they arrived, they started helping people in different ways; they taught religion, treated the sick and started orphanage for boys. These boys were taught different skills especially masonry and carpentry.

In 1909, Precious Blood Sisters came to Bura to help the priests in the work of evangelization. In the course of their work they opened a girl’s school, build a dispensary and other departments such as Home Science and orphanage for girls. The orphans who were admitted were infants. The first orphan to be admitted was premature, whose mother had died in child birth. The girls who were big enough were taught sewing, cooking, laundry, and house wifery as well as child care. These girls stayed in the orphanage till they were ready to marry or join sisterhood.

In 1928, Kenyan girls came to Bura to join sisterhood and they were taught the work of caring for the orphans. These Kenyan girls became the first sisters of the congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. After some time the sisters of St. Joseph became independent and took over the orphanage and combined the girls and boys to form the present St. Joseph Children’s Home.

Currently we admit children orphaned during childbirth, those taken from streets as well as children from broken marriages. We also admit girls who run away from early marriages. These girls are taken to school.

We sisters of St. Joseph are happy to continue with the work started by early missionaries. We admit children not only from the locality but also from different parts of the country for example Kisumu, Kiambu, Kwale, Machakos, Kilifi, etc. Some of these children stay in the home until they are adults and can take care of themselves. Others are taken in by relatives while others are given for adoption. Presently, we have 26 children aged between 8 months and 16 years. We have 16 boys and 10 girls.

The following are some of the successes we have had since the home was started

  • Through the home, the Sisters helped in the formation of many children who have gone on to become responsible citizens. 
  • Some of the children raised up here started families of their own and we have witnessed the fruits of priests and sisters from parents whom we brought up. It is a great joy for the Sisters to see the glory of God in the lives of the people they so carefully nurtured. 
  • Some of those raised up by Sisters hold prominent positions in the society and are themselves role models for many young people 
  • We have promising children in Primary and Secondary Schools and also in vocational training

Some of the problems faced by the management are as follows:


1There is need to accommodate more children but we are currently unable to do so due to: Lack of Space (small house) Shortage of water storage tanks Limited funds Transportation challenges 

2The children also need learning material eg school uniforms, text books, audio visual learning aids 

3We need land to cultivate and grow food that will be consumed y the children to ensure sustainability of the project 

AWe struggle to offer adequate and well balanced food for the children as well as to pay wages for those workers helping us with the children

Your charitable donation towards our children in the home will be highly appreciated.

  • Mercellino sleeping with his little brothers

    Mercellino sleeping with his little brothers

  • Small girls with their little sisters on their hands at St.Joseph Children's Home basking in the morning sun

    Small girls with their little sisters on their hands at St.Joseph Children's Home basking in the morning sun

  • Time for playing

    Time for playing

  • Day of the African child, Posing for the photo

    Day of the African child, Posing for the photo

SSJ News & Events Updates

  • SSJ Mombasa Celebrates Final Vows, Silver and Golden Jubilee

    August 15, 2023 Sr. Jacqueline Muchuma


  • Mother Superior on behalf of the religious - during chrism mass at Holy Ghost Cathedral

    April 05, 2023 SSJ Admin

    April 03, 2023 Sr. Jacqueline Muchuma

Sisters of St. Joseph

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Mombasa are a religious and apostolic order of Diocesan rite. As a Congregation of consecrated women, we live and work among ordinary people, guided by the spirit of SIMPLICITY, SERVICE and PRAYER.


P.O. Box 97285 Mombasa Coast Province 80112, Makupa Kenya