Updated 29 October 2019

   Linked with Pacong - South Sudan, Kutigi - Nigeria, Southern Nyanza - Kenya, Ijesha North - Nigeria, Karnataka Central - South India

Southern Nyanza consists of 6 districts bordering Lake Victoria near the Equator. They are poor areas, but the land itself has a high agricultural potential. Existing institutional and policy structures are weak. HIV/AIDS is higher than the national average.

A community development project has the following aims:-

1. The strengthening of local institutions and community driven development activities.

2. Improving access to healthcare and safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

3. Increasing farm labour productivity through improved food security and nutrition.

4. Heightening of community awareness of social behaviours and their consequences.

The community planning action process includes self-help groups to promote economic activities and local community committees to develop and manage clinics, water points and latrines.

Southern Nyanza is one of 30 dioceses in Kenya. CMS first arrived in Kenya in 1844. The first African priests were freed slaves. Over the years the Bible was translated bit by bit into the local languages such as Swahili, Dhuluo and Kikuyu. From 1916 there was a considerable growth in the Anglican Church in Nyanza and Central Kenya. A United Theological University was established in 1954 and the first bishops consecrated in 1955. The first African MU members were at Kabeta around this time although European women had established the MU in Kenya way back around 1918.

The first African archbishop was appointed in 1970. The current archbishop is Dr Elud Wabukala who was appointed in 2009. Interestingly the organisational structure includes Boards of Mission, Education & Training, and Social Service. The Mothers’ Union is specifically mentioned in relation to the Board of Mission which “works through various evangelical organisations”.

The diocese of Southern Nyanza has 3 archdeaconries, 2 big enough to be divided into 2 deaneries each with 20 parishes. The cathedral and bishop’s residence are in Homa Bay, the current bishop being Bishop James Ochial, appointed in 2002.


The MU in Kenya as a whole has 450,000 members. The focus of their work is in community reconciliation, healing the wounds of past conflicts. This is done by training community-based facilitators. They work with widows, young mothers and girls. They support vulnerable women who have resorted to prostitution to support their children. They also work at raising awareness of the dangers of HIV/AIDS. They visit prisons, hospitals and orphanages.

Southern Nyanza - Kenya