Project information

The Mango Tree Skills 4 Life Project

The project aims to create educational opportunity and increase the life chances for 5,672 orphans, vulnerable children and their families in Rachuonyo District, Kenya. It has objectives to provide access to education, improve school infrastructure, raise academic standards and family income levels.

March 2015 - March 2018

Charity information: The Mango Tree Orphan Support Programme

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  • Need


    The communities of Rachuonyo District in western Kenya have been badly affected by the spread of HIV/AIDS sadly leading to much higher numbers of orphans than in other areas (there was estimated to be 47,700 orphans in 2005). HIV rates are stabilising in East Africa, however in the areas where The Mango Tree works communities are still showing high HIV infection rates and higher poverty levels. We target this region of Kenya because these disadvantaged economies are taking longer to recover.


    The project will work improve the attendance of vulnerable children, particularly girls, by working with students, teachers and parents to build 15 new school toilet blocks and 15 rain water harvesting systems that will approximately benefit a further 1,500 girls. Guardian families will be supported to establish small farming projects - bee-keeping, poultry, fish farming and fruit farms - that will generate income. Our trained health team monitor orphans well-being and conduct health seminars.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve school infrastructure, attendance rates (particularly teenage girls) and performance.


    » work with students, teachers and parents in secondary schools to build 15 new toilet blocks and 15 rain water harvesting system
    » Run holiday tuition sessions including one to one and small peer group therapy sessions, extra curricula tuition and coaching to support learning.
    » We will provide counselling, peer-led mentoring and workshops on sexual health education, HIV/AIDS, sanitation, child rights, basic health care

    We will measure changes in attendance in those schools that receive new toilets and water tanks, and we will take before and after photographs and child testimonials.

    Aim 2

    Increase household income of 100 low-income guardian families


    » Guardians will be supported with training in crop growing, livestock and other agricultural inputs to establish small scale farming projects

    Progress of the land-based livelihoods will be monitored through group meetings, site visits, peer-to-peer workshops and harvest events. We will document raises in income levels

    Aim 3

    Improve health and well-being of orphans and vulnerable children and their families


    » Provide counselling, peer-led mentoring and workshops on sexual health education in secondary schools
    » Conduct community health, sanitation and disease prevention workshops in the community for guardians families

    We record child testimonials regularly to evidence changes in behaviour, confidence and self-worth. Teenage pregnancy rates will be monitored by social workers.

  • Impact


    Building resilient communities is a long-term strategy. Ten years ago The Mango Tree was helping people to cope with the impact of the AIDS crisis. Our assistance concentrated on the basics - we are now shifting our emphasis towards building sustainable futures for those orphans and their communities. Supporting them to gain qualifications and training for self-reliance and supporting rural communities to strengthen both their social fabric and their rural economies.


    Competitive funding economy. We ensure that the UK costs remain small (less than 4% of overall income) and that 97 pence in every £1 goes to support our projects.


    Through our annual report and regular newsletters

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £219,261

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      Amount Heading Description
      £77,778 Secondary Education day fees, boarding fees, books uniforms
      £64,394 Vocational training, Universit Fees, books and equipment
      £17,623 Family Based Care Workshops, Guardians allowances, counselling, tuition, food and home supplies for 100 girls
      £14,000 School, forster care infrastru toilet blocks, water systems, livelihoods inputs
      £17,266 Education staff salaries 2 programme managers, 4 field staff, 2 drivers
      £28,200 M&E, Direct projects support costs mgtmt costs, contribution to governance, Vehicle repairs, fuel for school visits, monitoring visits

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Samworth Foundation £30,000 Guaranteed
    Tony Bloom £7,000 Guaranteed
    St James Place £38,611 Conditional
  • Background


    Rachuonyo District, Western Kenya.


    Rural poor people, vulnerable children and orphans, young people from 0-26 years of age, people living with HIV/AIDS. The communities and economies of Rachuonyo District in western Kenya have been badly affected by the spread of HIV and AIDS sadly leading to higher numbers of orphaned children than in other areas (there was estimated to be 47,700 orphans in 2005). The Mango Tree UK targets this region of East Africa because their local economies are taking longer to recover than in other areas.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been working in these areas and in these communities since 2005. We are trusted by the local community and have a strong local team. We build girls toilets and help schools and communities to develop their own safe water projects. We provide excellent family-centre rural foster care for those children most at risk, and support community-based organisations with a range of livestock, agricultural and aquaculture projects that are rebuilding and revitalising their local economy

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Consolata Achieng Norbert

    The Programme Director, leads a team of 21 local staff, 278 village volunteers, 113 community service volunteers