In 1990, Kariobangi Holy Trinity Catholic Church Pro-Life group, spearheaded an initiative to create a small project, “St. Anuarite”, intending to address the needs of the parish’s young women who were in crises because of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies. Parishioners volunteered to provide St Anuarite’s beneficiaries with pre and post-natal counseling and dressmaking skills. The programme was run in two phases: half year in the parish and half year at the market. After evaluating the programme it was realized that the market experience was too short, thus was lengthened to a full year but results were not satisfactory: there was need of a close professional supervision of the young girls and parishioners could not volunteer enough time for this task.
In 1992 the Comboni Missionary Sisters were called upon and entrusted the mandate to establish a women’s project within the Kariobangi Holy Catholic Church compound. Kariobangi Women Promotion Project was born officially at that time with clear intent of promoting and empowering women through character and spiritual formation, and acquiring technical skills in view to address social, economic stability and human maturity. At that time, 240 students were part of the programme that was run partially in the parish compound for counseling and seminars on life skills. Then the students were sent to the local artisans who owned a shop in the area, to learn dressmaking skills.
Comboni sisters with the help of an external consultant assessment transformed the modality of formation to the Project. Everything to be done at the parish compound. The Comboni Missionary Sisters with support from “Manos Unidas” a Spanish NGO managed to construct the institution for Technical Training of young ladies.
In February 2000 the new structure was inaugurated by the Apostolic Nuncio Msgr. Tonucci. At that time the school offered one year course in Dressmaking, Knitting, tie and Dye and Hand Embroidery, with the purpose to impart quality teaching and follow very closely the students in their learning process the number of students admitted for the year 2000 reduced to 107. From that time the average number of students admitted at KWPP was 100 per year.
In 2009 Kariobangi Women Promotion Project entered into the process of becoming an educational institution recognized by Kenya’s Ministry of Higher Education. Science and Technology to open doors for more beneficiaries to qualify for examinations and certificates from recognized bodies. His Eminence John Cardinal Njue, proposed the new designation of the school: “Archdiocese of Nairobi Kariobangi Women Promotion Training Institute” (KWPTI).