Project information

Education, Workshops, and Counselling for Children

Hands Up For Action educate and counsel hundreds of vulnerable children across various project sites in Nakuru, Kenya.

We work with street children, children who live in low-income and slum areas, and children who are in juvenile prison.

We would love to continue and expand our work with support.


Charity information: Hands Up! Education in Action

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  • Need


    Our project aims to support vulnerable children into formal school, with support academically, emotionally, and with tailored counselling sessions. We work with children who are suffering as a result of extreme poverty, and those who are at high risk of being trapped in the poverty cycle without support into the formal education system.


    We educate children so that they are ready academically to join a formal school and are able to work alongside peers of their own age. We also counsel those who have experienced abuse and trauma in their past. In addition to this, we provide workshops on life skills, which covers a range of issues include health, hygiene, sanitation, relationships, etc. If children are unable to join a formal school, we support them academically and through other routes (vocational skills) if necessary.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To educate and counsel children to enable them to attend and succeed in a formal school environment.


    » We work at project sites including low-income and slum schools with high numbers of street children, juvenile prison, and street child rehab centres.

    What success will look like

    Follow up of children who we have worked with during their transitional period into formal school.

    Aim 2

    To provide life skills workshops to vulnerable children and young adults.


    » We send staff to work in small groups to deliver workshops with focus on life skills, including health, sanitation, relationships, communication, etc.

    What success will look like

    Provide opportunities to continue working with us academically or support in vocational skills.

  • Impact


    Our project in the long-term will reduce the number of children who have experienced abuse, trauma, and/or have lived a difficult life on the street. We aim to have more children interested in and succeeding in education, allowing them the opportunity to flourish as adults and providing the opportunity to develop the personal and academic skills required to succeed in business and life.


    Our biggest risk is financial security. We have worked for almost 4 years through simple one-off donations and sponsorships. We will continue to expand our sponsorship programme, increase publicity, and ensure our name is known. We will continue to apply for grants, and will expand our volunteer programme, particularly in fundraising.


    We report to all donors through our social media, and newsletter e-mail updates to those who sign up. In addition to this, anyone who makes a significant donation or covers the cost of a specific project will receive a thank you e-mail/letter, followed by personalised e-mail updates and photographs.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,960

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Per year Staff wages, including teaching and counselling staff working at 6 project sites.
      £480 Per year Resources/Promo
      £480 Per year Admin

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Monthly sponsors £170 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Nakuru, Kenya


    Those that will benefit from the project are vulnerable children from a variety of backgrounds. This includes: children in juvenile prison, those living in low-income and slum areas, ex-street children.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have 3 years of experience so far in researching and working with vulnerable children and adults in a number of settings to provide education. The projects have proved successful.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jennifer Wood

    Founder/Director of Hands Up For Action. Overseeing building process, creator of educational programme being delivered, long-term reports.

    Melanie Otieno

    Kenyan in-country Manager of Hands Up For Action. Overseeing building process, conductor of initial research, will manage project staff and reports.


Will pay for one member of staff for one month!