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Community Name & History
Irigithathi means first born. This community which lies at the slopes of Mount Kenya was inhabited by white British settlers before Kenya gained independence in 1893. After 1893, these settlers sold their land to Kenyans coming from various regions with the majority relocating from the Embu region.
Life & Culture
Even though the community is known for farming, many community members make a living in the tourism industry with many tourists coming to climb Mount Kenya mostly during the months of June, July and December.
The water source for this area is the Tigithi River that runs from Mount Kenya.
The Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) started mission work in this area many years ago. They have planted a hospital, a medical school, a secondary school and churches in the area. The community is one of only two in the country to have a home for children with disabilities.
Stories from Irigithathi
Recently, our Kenyan Staff saw an opportunity to engage students in Irigithathi in a big way! This last year has been taxing on students, teachers,