Kenya Orphans Rural Development Programme (KORDP) is an NGO, established in 1996 to respond to the impacts of HIV &AIDS, poverty and conflict within communities in Kenya and beyond. The community based early childhood education centre approach has contributed to increased levels of literacy and enrollment at primary and secondary and university levels ; raised household incomes, diminished the duration that communities’ families experience hunger and incidence of deaths and new HIV infections amongst children aged 1-8 years. KORDP is a member organization of Orphans Development Programme International (ODPI).


Kenya Orphans Rural Development Programme (KORDP) is an indigenous non-governmental organization that builds on communities' good will to meet the needs and rights of young children living in AIDS ravaged communities. KORDP sets out to prove that community based responses are best suited to serve the vast numbers of orphaned children from poor resource settings. The same way in which HIV debilitates the human frame is the same way it weakens the community's spirit. Addressing the community's apathy is the foundation of KORDP's community based approach to support community's efforts in addressing illiteracy, disease and poverty facing young disadvantaged children and their families.


The outcome we want to see amongst our partner communities in Kenya is:
Empowered, Literate and Healthy Communities.


KORDP is an indigenous NGO working with under-served communities to strengthen their care giving systems for young children and their families affected by HIV & AIDS, poverty and conflict, while contributing to the reduction of these impacts within KORDP’s partner communities.


KORDP focuses on community support for young orphaned and vulnerable children within the early childhood category at ECDs , their care giving families , often headed by elderly grandparents, older siblings and surviving parents. In addition, the wider community in which the children live is addressed.

Why community based initiatives are the answer.

AIDS & HIV a re the flip side of Stigma, Discrimination and Denial particularly where the myths and facts of HIV & AIDS have not been separated. These bedfellows cause apathy and resignation to the status-quo, leaving the affected less dignified and dependant. The children and their families seek dignity, not dependence. Traditional charity often deals with smaller numbers of disadvantaged children and meets immediate needs but too often would not enable people to solve their own problems over the long term. Improvements in dealing with HIV/AIDS related diseases have added life in the years of sufferers but certainly the rates of orphanhood will continue to rise before they level. These unprecedented rates of orphanhood have increased calls for alternative approaches that rise to the challenge of massive numbers of vulnerable young children who buckle the traditional community coping system.

The community based early childhood day care centre (ECDCC) model for the care and support of communities' young children , an innovation by KORDP's partner communities is one such approach that is part of the solution to the big problem of increasing orpharnhood, child abuse, ignorance, poverty and disease. In the ECDCC approach young children gain access to interaction with others, protection, medical care , a time for play and learning through play, at least one meal a day and provision of basic literacy skills in preparation for future formal schooling. The voluntary involvement of community members in the administration of early childhood day care centers on a day to day basis ensures the success of this model which provides a continuum to of care extending to the family and wider community levels, encouraging community ownership and long-term sustainability.


KORDP has worked with under-served communities to improve the quality of life for young children and their families through responsive programming from the ravaging impacts of HIV & AIDS, and poverty, disease and illiteracy in Kenya and beyond.

Founded in 1994 and registered as an NGO by the Government on June 20th 1996, KORDP grew from voluntary visits to affected families to a needs assessment survey in six districts of Kenya with seed capital from the Ford Foundation and individual well wishers in 1999. The inception partner community was the West Bukhayo community, along the Kenya –Uganda border, in Busia district where the ravages of AIDS were most devastating. Since then, other communities surrounding the lake region have been reached including Webuye (Bungoma District, 2003) Budalangi (2004), Usigu (Bondo District, 2005) and Ikolomani (Kakamega District 2008)while secondary school sponsorship of older orphans extended to the whole country. Over the years, KORDP has partnered with several Philanthropies like The Bernard van Leer Foundation, AJWS, Regional Psycho-Social Support Initiative (REPSSI), Tumaini Finance; Agencies like UNICEF, WFP, National AIDS Control Council; The private sector and a wide range of individuals who share our belief in empowering communities to find solutions to illiteracy, disease and poverty that in particular affects young children and their families.

In the last 10 years, significant declining rates of HIV infection in Kenya have been registered. However, the slight gains made are being eroded by increasing levels of extreme poverty within young children's families . In extreme cases families often do not have one dollar a day to meet their basic needs. In this environment, many young children may not be prepared to set a foot in the formal education system.

KORDP’s Interventions:

Community advocacy and mobilization  to rise up to the challenge of apathy, hopelessness and resignation to status quo amongst the oppressed

  • Community spirit energized from “we can’t” to “we can “instituting  ownership  and sustainability of interventions  from the on-set.

Integrated Early childhood care and support

  • Over  20,000 OVCs have attended the Community’s ECDs since 2001with better health outcomes
  • Over 5000 OVCs have been promoted to Primary 1 during  same period
  • Transformation of communities’ attitude towards ECD centers from “schools for AIDs orphans” to normal schools for all children.
  • Elevation of some community ECDs to Primary schools. e.g. Munongo ,Musaka, Mujuru, Iyanga

HIV prevention and Psycho Social Support

  • Information, Education and Communication  (I.E.C.) strategies for HIV/AIDS and Pyscho-Social Support  translating into  improved community knowledge, attitudes and practice towards the affected.
  • Enhanced emotional well –being and health of the suffering
  • Diminished fear of the “unknown” and modified  behavior practices
  • Increased  VCT  and  PMTCT uptake  (Prevention of Mother to child  transmission ) leading to reduced rates of children born with HIV.

Capacity Building and Economic Empowerment
In order to strengthen the capacity of the communities to care for themselves and create sustainability its KORDP’s programmes endeavored to empower the communities economically so as reduce food and income poverty in caregivers families.


  • Training of ECD volunteer teachers at Government run colleges ( DICECE centre)
  • Training in modern farming methods, food preservation and agribusiness  
  • Training in Small enterprise development and provision of loans and saving start up schemes for families living below 1 dollar a day to engage in agribusiness initiatives such as fish mongering, cereals trade, grocery shops, tailoring, dairy farming etc.

Environmental protection

A cross-cutting area which KORDP considers from the start in all projects. Human development is only sustainable if it respects and protects its natural environment.


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$0 Funds raised till date



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