Widows and Orphans in Rural Kenya is a registered “Not-for-Profit” charity (Reg. No. 1119959)
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 gives children who had no hope of an education a chance to fulfil their potential. As they become qualified in various roles they are able to support their families and make a contribution to their communities.
- Here are a few examples of the effect W.O.R.K. is having on the lives of some of the poorest children:
> A message from some orphans who have completed their education and are doing well shows how much they appreciate having been given a chance:
‘To the U.K trustees of WORK, we can never thank you enough. We will forever be indebted to you. Pass out heartfelt greetings.’
> As an orphan, Delphine would not have had the chance to go to college but she is now a qualified teacher.
Celestine has almost finished her training to be a quantity surveyor.
> Young people who were sponsored through their education are now volunteering to help W.O.R.K. in acting as mentors to orphans at school and college.
Nellie, Kevin, Balentine, Stephen and Mercy all took a week off work to help orphans settle in to their new school life. Having been sponsored through their education they all have good jobs and now want to help others.
They started The Eagle Association to support orphans during and after their education.
When thanked for their help they said: ‘We are committed to supporting this noble cause in any way we can to ensure that our young brothers and sisters have a smooth life at school and make the most of the opportunity.’
- Look at the newsletters to see how lives can be transformed when those who have nothing are given a chance.
- The ripple effect: Read about how orphans who have been helped by W.O.R.K. now help other orphans.
- Outreach work:
> Jiggers are fleas which burrow into the skin causing huge problems. WORK is going out to villages to treat this debilitating condition.
> The Kangaroo project is working hard to prevent unwanted pregnancies in young girls. For those that are pregnant it provides a safe haven for them to give birth in the clinic and be supported.
> Tuberculosis: Clinical Officers and nurses from St. Bakhita’s clinic have been travelling to rural villages to identify and treat case of TB.
You can read more about these outreach projects here.
- Mary-jane Butler, the founder of WORK, has received the MBE for charitable service in Kenya.
Read about Mary-jane’s award
- Read about A Trustee’s Visit to Kenya