Joytown was established in 1962 in Thika, Kenya as a rehabilitation centre for children with physical disabilities by the Salvation Army Church led by Brigadier Woods. The children were enrolled from all over Kenya. The founders envisaged a place where the children would stay, nourished with the word of God and entertained by the church and visitors thereby making them feel happy and less disadvantaged away from their homes, hence the name, Joy town Mji wa furaha.
Joytown primary school
After the success of the rehabilitation programme, it was felt there was need to have a school for these children as a way of guaranteeing their future independence. Resulting from the felt need, in January 1963, Mr. Peter Myatu was employed and tasked with the responsibility of starting the school. His first task was to assess the enrolled children after which he came up with three classes, fundraised for the construction of dormitories, and oversaw the staffing of the school. Among the first teachers was Mrs. Margaret Kangethe.