Photo: The construction of Mugumoini Community Center 2018
Christian Best Camps of Kenya (CBCK) was founded in 2010 by Pastor Erick Agoro Simba.
Pastor Simba was born and raised in Kibera. He experienced the challenges that children and adults have living in the slums. Basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing were always in short supply. Pursuing useful education and being blessed with an opportunity to work in the USA in an exchange program gave Simba the opportunity to meet friends and partners who invested in him spiritually and offered financial support to change the narrative of Kibera. CBCK was started as a tool to respond to the challenges that many children, young men and women are faced with living in the slums of Kibera, one of the largest slums in the world. This vision came about after serving for two summers in (2009 and 2010) In Summer’s Best Two Weeks (SB2W) in America in an exchange program. Simba’s experience in the camp inspired him to adopt the camp model to inspire young .
CBCK aims to respond to the breakdown of family values in Kibera and other Slums. Many children, young men and Women, lack parental support due to incarceration, death, and sickness. Many parents have had to work far away to provide for their children. These conditions have denied deserving children, young men and Women, a healthy relationship with their parents hurting their well-being and development.
The initial approach of CBCK was through sports and Christian day camps organized three times a year in public and private schools. Camps were held during the school breaks in April, August and December. A total of 400 campers were admitted every camp session. Occasionally, overflows were experienced with over 700 campers being admitted. God provided! The campers were organized in Biblical groups based on their ages (8 to 10 years Romans) (11 -13 Years Galatians) (14 – 15 Years Ephesians) (Philippians 16years and above).
The camp activities included Mentorship and Discipleship, Sports, Bible studies, Career Guidance, Praise and Worship Services, and Fun for all the Campers. To date, 20,000+ campers have been impacted by the CBCK’s activities and over 600 have been assisted to complete, their primary, secondary, and college education. If interested, former campers can directly support CBCK as volunteers or full-time staff in its various programs and activities.
Mugumoini Community Center built-in 2018 is now the primary location for CBCK programs and the camp activities