Objectives of Chepngoror Education Foundation (CHEFO)

Chepngoror Education Foundation (CHEFO) is a community development organization, working to improve the lives of marginalized children, youth, their families and communities through an approach which puts children, youth and women at the centre of community development. It is dedicated to change by focusing on holistic education in the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change. In keeping with this focus, our volunteers are involved with and support projects that are secular and have an education-related component to them.

For over 3 years, CHEFO and its partners have worked with communities in western Kenya to break the cycle of poverty by helping children, youth and women access their rights to protection, basic education, proper health, a healthy environment, livelihood opportunities and participation in decision making which affect their lives. We encourage children, youth and women to express their views and be actively involved in improving their communities. CHEFO’s work is not possible without the support of funding from individuals, corporations, institutions, foundations and government agencies within KENYA and abroad.

Our Vision & Mission

Our Vision

CHEFO’s vision is a world in which all children, youth and women realize their full potential in societies which respect people’s rights and dignity. It is an independent organization, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

Our Mission-CHEFO aims to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children,  youth and women through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives by:

  • Enabling deprived children, youth, women their families and their communities to meet their basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies.
  • Building relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples of different cultures and countries.
  • Promoting the rights and interests of the world’s children, youth and women.
  • To provide education to underprivileged children and youth.
  • To support and cooperate with persons and groups already engaged in similar activities.
  • To raise the required human and other resources to achieve the group objectives.
  • To provide opportunities to individuals living outside KENYA who wish to participate in CHEFO activities in KENYA.
  • To address, whenever possible, other issues affecting human life such as health, environment, socio-economic aspects and women’s issues.

Our Approach

With an increased focus on child rights, we involve children, youth and women as active participants in the development process. In the past, our community development programmes that benefited children alone, but lately, we have expanded our reach to encompass youth and adult community members. Now, with an increased focus on child rights, we involve them as active participants in the development process. As a result of the success of these changes, CHEFO has adopted the Child Centred Community Development (CCCD) as its programme approach. This integrates the more recently developed methods of working with children and our long experience of community development.

CHEFO’s second approach is in developing the potential of women and girls to drive long lasting equitable changes. We strategically emphasize on promoting quality health, inclusive education, gender equity and sustainable livelihood opportunities and disaster relief and preparedness.  Our efforts are focused to fight against underlying causes of poverty, building secure and resilient communities and ensuring a life of dignity for all women and girls from the most marginalized and vulnerable communities.

As we move ahead our key programming approaches will include social analysis and action, gender transformative value chain approaches, leadership and life skills strengthening, building capacities and leadership roles at multiple levels, advocacy on national and international platforms and facilitating links and dialogues between public, private and civil society.