Widows and Orphans in Rural Kenya is a registered “Not-for-Profit” charity (Reg. No. 119959)

W.O.R.K. is dedicated to helping people to become self-sufficient by
supporting education, training and healthcare for widows and orphans

Every penny donated goes directly to the charity’s projects.

W.O.R.K serves the needs of vulnerable adults and children in the Bungoma district of rural Western Kenya, East Africa,
an area which is roughly equivalent in size to Devon and Cornwall in the UK.


W.O.R.K. was established in 2005 by Mary-jane Butler, a healthcare professional, who had spent the previous 10 years living in the target region managing health clinics and a regional hospital.

Mary-jane visits the region every year to directly evaluate the various projects.

Mj with smart clothes and gold chain!
Mary-jane with some staff and pupils of Nangina Special School

W.O.R.K. is focused on practical and sustainable healthcare and education projects that are simple and effective enough to have a real impact on the lives of orphans and widows. .

We channel all donations towards a variety of thoroughly researched, practical projects, including:
• Funding school and university places and educational opportunities for orphans
• Skills and business training for widows and small loans to start a business
• Vocational training and apprenticeship courses for young adults and tool kits for starting work
• Housing homeless families.
• Providing healthcare facilities
• Promoting the prevention of ill-health with education, clean water and skills.
• Providing support for vulnerable individuals and families.