John Baptist de La Salle was born into a world very different from our own. He was the first son of wealthy parents living in France over 300 years ago. Born at Reims, John Baptist de La Salle received the tonsure at age eleven and was named Canon of the Reims Cathedral at sixteen. Though he had to assume the administration of family affairs after his parents died, he completed his theological studies and was ordained a priest on April 9, 1678.Two years later he received a doctorate in theology. Meanwhile he became tentatively involved with a group of rough and barely literate young men in order to establish schools for poor boys.
Attentive to God’s voice, a voice calling him to place all his trust in Him, John Baptist stripped himself of everything: first of his title as canon, then of his patrimony which he distributed to the poor during a famine that desolated France in 1683 and 1684, thereby becoming completely poor himself just as the young people who came to his schools, and just like the teachers whom he encouraged to place their faith in God Continue reading
Mwangaza College is administered under the Diocese of Nakuru by the De La Salle Christian Brothers (a world wide educational religious Congregation with a 300 year tradition). The goal of setting up the Centre was to provide a technical post-secondary education to mainly but not exclusively young women of the Nakuru area. In this society the needs of women have previously not been given the same priority as that of men.
The Brothers considered this an important issue and addressed it with the establishment of Mwangaza Centre (Currently Mwangaza College Nakuru). The institution is rich with history of academic performance and excellence throughout its existence since its inception in 1993.

The Brothers took up the challenge and through funding from MISEREOR, the LA SALLIAN WORLD FUND and contributions from friends, were able to build a quadrangle of classrooms and an administrative building. Much appreciation is due to Brothers John Moriarity, Chuck Gregor and Paul Ackerman from various Districts in the United States for providing an oasis in an otherwise neglected area of the town. The De La Salle Christian Brothers have been administering a number of educational projects in Kenya since before independence in 1963.


As time went on, the focus and type of their educational efforts changed according to how they perceived the needs of the country. Before and shortly after independence, there was a need for an educated civil servant work force. Since the number of schools was still very small in the country, the Brothers academic-style schools fulfilled a very real need for a newly independent country. As time went on, however, and the number of schools in the country multiplied significantly, the Brothers initiated more career-opportunity oriented schools. Accordingly, a more technical and agricultural sill’s program was introduced into its existing schools and newer educational projects focused exclusively on this type of curriculum.