The idea of Victory Community Development Center (VICODEC) dates back to 2001, when it began and was registered under the then Ministry of Culture and Social Services as a Self Help Organization, and going by the name Victory Community Project.
The organization's main goal was in the caring for and rehabilitation of children and aged persons, especially those in difficult circumstances, which primarily included individuals and families living on the streets and in the slums. By extending the love of Jesus Christ, the project focused on creating hope for a bright future through collaborative initiatives, including children protection, education, health care and general welfare.
Early on, the organization leased a space in the Kware slums, where it erected an informal school that doubled as a day rescue center for children. In 2002, the center began providing food for children of the slums through the feeding program.
Thanks to a donation, in 2003, the organization was able to buy two acres of land between the Kware slums and Gataka. Construction began in 2004 and was completed in September of 2005. The Center officially opened in 2006 and all of the programs from the initial center in Kware were relocated to the new location. In 2007, the center was registered as a Community Based Organization under the name VICODEC.
In April of 2007, the Vocational Training Institute was created to offer skills to needy adults in order to allow them to become self sustaining through employment. In 2008, the Medical Clinic was started and registered under the ministry of Health and began to offer quality health care services to the community. In January 2012, VICODEC was registered as CHARITABLE TRUST under the ministry of Lands.
The center is located in Ongata Rongai, which is approx. 25 km from Nairobi City. Within Ongata Rongai, we are located opposite Laiser Hill Academy and behind the United church.
VICODEC's efforts are focused on the Kware and Gataka slums, which are characterized by poor sanitation, dilapidated housing, low income, and high unemployment. Each of these factors contributes to the prevalence of prostitution, family breakdowns, the peddling of drugs (i.e. illicit brew and bhang) and the tragically increasing rate of HIV/AIDS.