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Project information

Improving futures for 600 orphans in Western Kenya

In 2016, Ace will establish 12 new Child-to-Child (CtC) Clubs in rural Bungoma benefiting 600 vulnerable children. The clubs develop essential life skills on health, hygiene and HIV and establish kitchen gardens to guarantee one nutritious meal a day. Skills are also transferred to households.

January 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: ACE Africa (UK)

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  • Need


    Bungoma in rural western Kenya, is one of Kenya’s poorest county’s with 1 in 4 households infected with HIV and 20% of children orphaned. 70% of households live below the poverty line. Children face many challenges on a daily basis including orphan hood, early child marriage, child labour, abuse as well as lack of basic needs.. Children lack an arena and support network to discuss issues that affect their daily lives.


    Ace (CtC) clubs operate across primary schools in Kenya (7-13) providing the most vulnerable children with the opportunity to learn essential life skills in a safe environment. Head teachers and teachers are trained in CtC methodology covering topics that will enable children to learn how they can contribute to improving their own health, development and wellbeing through debate, song, poetry, sport, dance and more. This leaves an inter-generational legacy for communities and individuals alike.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Promote health related topics through CtC clubs


    » Equip children across the 12 schools with awareness and knowledge on HIV/AIDS topics such as prevention, transmission, stigma, and treatment.
    » Develop knowledge on these issues through song, games, debates, art and writing.

    What success will look like

    Improved health and psychosocial wellbeing of 600 children.

    Aim 2

    Promote child protection and peer support through CtC clubs


    » Increase awareness on child rights.
    » Identify, solve and refer issues of child abuse, strengthening links between local and national protection systems.
    » Support children affected by the loss of a parent through counselling, peer education, leadership development, and psychosocial support.

    What success will look like

    School drop-out rate reduced by 20% and 35% reduction in girls missing school days.

    Aim 3

    Promote and develop knowledge on agriculture and nutrition


    » Establish a community garden at each of the 12 primary schools.
    » Teach children how to grow their own organic food and how to set up kitchen gardens in their own homes.
    » Increase reach to children’s local households and local community.
    » Provide seeds, drip irrigation and tools for the children, enabling them to generate food for themselves and the wider community.

    What success will look like

    600 children eating at least one nutritious meal per day through 12 school kitchen gardens, benefiting 3,000 household members.

    Aim 4

    Provide educational support for 12 schools


    » Encourage children to participate in sport such as football and netball to increase attendance.
    » Provide school uniforms, sanitary towels, and emergency aid for vulnerable children and their families to facilitate school attendance.

    What success will look like

    600 children with improved health, food and nutritional security. 

    Aim 5

    Equip and train 24 teachers and 12 headteachers


    » Identify teachers for the 3 day training through headteachers.
    » Train 24 Teachers and 12 headteachers on child to child methodology covering health, development and wellbeing.
    » Provide Child-to-Child training manuals after the training to enable teachers to teach children valuable life skills.

    What success will look like

    36 teachers with increased experience and skills through their voluntary roles.

  • Impact


    Critical to successful and sustainable development is ensuring that the next generation of children are healthy, able to participate in their education and to develop life skills and knowledge that will enable them to be independent and successful.

    Long-term success will demonstrate that skills adopted through Ace Child-to-Child Clubs will be transferred to the household and community level leading to improved health, food, nutrition and wellbeing.


    This project relies on the teaching staff at every school. All schools are identified through Ace annual CtC assessment, local community and Ministry of Education district officers. Teachers that move schools will take these skills with them and Ace will select new teachers to train in current schools to ensure no gap. For every school, an Ace Africa CtC coordinator carries out a pre-assessment, including interviews, an analysis of needs and an evaluation of land/cultivation opportunities.


    An Ace Child Rights Officer visits each school regularly for follow-up with teachers and children. Attendance at school is tracked, as well as cases of illness, teenage pregnancy and nutritional intake.
    We will provide regular updates through social media and the news section on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Training Training Head teachers & teachers
      £9,000 Equipment Ace CtC Club equipment
      £6,000 Support Direct Support costs
      £3,000 Administration Overheads
  • Background


    Bungoma, Western Kenya is close to the Ugandan boarder with the Trans-Ugandan highway running across the top of Bungoma town. Poverty is rife with 70% of target communities living below the poverty line and HIV prevalent. The region receives a high amount of rainfall making it a fertile area to grow crops and establish CtC school kitchen gardens.


    600 children in 12 schools will actively benefit from the CtC programme.
    636 households (3,180 members) will benefit from iimproved health, food and nutritional security. 

    600 children across the 12 schools will have one nutritious meal per day.
    36 teachers with increased experience, training and skills through their voluntary roles.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    To date we have established 432 CtC clubs (41% penetration amongst schools in areas where we operate) having helped over 87,361 children lead healthier, happier and self-sufficient futures. All our work is based on robust baseline research where we have a bespoke 10-12 year approach to community development across our target areas in rural Kenya and Tanzania. We also work collaboratively with the community, government and local partners to provide targeted services and avoid duplication.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Augustine Wasonga – Country Director Kenya

    Augustine will be responsible for overall management and technical support to the programme manager and local field officers.

    Chrispirnus Shamwama- Programme Manager, Bungoma

    Chrispirnus will be responsible for identification of schools and managing Child Rights Officers to facilitate training.


Buys tools and seeds for 1 school kitchen garden

'The club has acted as a source of comfort and inspiration. I have learnt a lot from my peers, we are there for one another, we are a family.'

Cynthia Anyang, Ace CtC Club member, Kalenjouk Primary School, Siaya, Kenya