Project information

Vocational empowerment in Rural Kenya

We support young people with disabilities in rural Kenya. Stigma and lack of resources mean they often lead lives hidden from the community. They face lives of isolation, malnourishment, and no medical intervention. Vocational empowerment can help them overcome these challenges.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Friends Of Kianjai Kenya

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  • Need


    Set within the challenging conditions of life in a community where drought brings frequent famine, children living with disability also face significant additional problems - isolation, abandonment, acute malnutrition, minimal access to medical services.These factors can lead to a life of extreme poverty and squalor. In addition young people remain in special needs units into their twenties Currently there are no opportunities for them to earn an income.


    Our empowerment project targets three groups - 1)Our playgroups operate from 8 village health centres, they are a place where mothers can meet ,have access to peer support, and the child receives medical and nutritional support. We support small scale farming ventures to enhance self esteem and raise incomes.
    2)Special units will be supplied with vocational training in tailoring and farming.
    3)Our Assisted Paper Technology workshop provides on the job training for the disabled community.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide vocational training within the disabled Community


    » Provide Vocational training within Special Units
    » Provide training opportunities within our APT workshop for the disabled community

    What success will look like

    Young people will leave the Special Unit with a vocational skill enabling them to feed themselves and purchase medical items etc.

    Aim 2

    Empower families with disabled children and young people to generate revenue and improve self esteem


    » Support small scale farming venture for families within our community playgroup network

    What success will look like

    Families who have received support will go on to generate ongoing income changing outcomes inot the future.

  • Impact


    The families and young people who respond to these opportunites will gain independence and take ownership in changing outcomes for themselves. Enrolment at special units will increase, parents will form self help groups,disabled children will not be hidden and community attitudes to disability will slowly shift.


    The main risk is shortage of funds to continue into the future.
    We are exploring multiple avenues for funding in UK and Kenya.
    In 2018 we held our first major fund raising event in Nairobi which raised £7000 and increased awareness amongst affluent Kenyans
    Parents are not proactive in maximising the empowerment opportunity given.
    We have built up a network of community volunteers who support the parents and encourage them to accept the child and maximise opportunities that they are given.


    FKK trustees make two visits a year at their own expense, and bring back first hand reports which can be delivered via email , powerpoint or newly updated website. FKK volunteers on the ground in Kenya post regularly on the charity facebook page with updates .

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 APT workshop training weekly workshops for special needs families
      £4,500 Chicken / farming empowerment 80 families receive grants of £50
      £4,000 Vocational Training Twice weekly training in tailoring and farming in 8 special units
  • Background


    The project is based in Tigania West in Meru County Kenya, 180 kms north of Nairobi. The community are peasant farmers relying on rain fed agriculture. With recurring droughts the community faces regular famines, and the disabled children suffer severe malnutrition.
    Within this community disability is seen as something shameful and the result of a curse/sin, as a result family units often break down when a child is diagnosed, with no support from any area many mothers abandon their children.


    The disabled community will receive vocational training and empowerment proving young people with an exit strategy from education, a source of income and enhanced status within the community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FKK have been working within this community since 2011, offering famine relief, education sponsorship, and outreach projects for the disabled community. FKK UK trustees include two members born in this Kenyan community who have a good understanding of the culture of these villages.This has enabled us to slowly build the trust and support of people on the ground. This includes the trust of teachers, the trust of the health centres,and the trust of the disabled community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Nkanta Mwiti

    Nkanata is a Kenyan Special Needs teacher who coordinates projects for the disabled on behalf of FKK. He will organise training at the special units.

    Mr Cyprian

    Cyprian is a disabled man with expertise in Tailoring who will provide vocational training at the special units and an outlet in the local market.

    Mr Lawrence

    Lawrence is a father of a disabled child who has trained at our APT workshop and will provide training opportunities there.