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.

Pr W & MJ laughing


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 helps orphans and widows to become self-sufficient.  It provides health care for some of the poorest people and provides education for children with special needs.

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
  • Providing healthcare for orphans and widows
  • Promoting the prevention of ill-health through education which develops knowledge and skills
  • Providing support for vulnerable individuals and families

If you would like to help support our work, please donate here