BUCKNER KENYA

Transforming lives and Building strong families.

Changing the lives of our vulnerable communities using innovative and progressive means.

About Buckner Kenya

Buckner Kenya is registered in Kenya as an NGO to transform the lives of vulnerable children, and build strong families. Since 2001 Buckner Kenya has maximized on resources and leadership and witnessed exponential growth and expansion in service delivery to the vulnerable.

About Us

Empowerment Programs

Providing focused holistic training and opportunities for sustainable livelihood.

Family Programs

We engage, equip, elevate and strengthen families in our Hope Centres.

Community Programs

 Providing  highly specialized community driven approaches in health, education, business skills and family coaching services.


HOPE SHINES HERE®. EVERYONE. EVERYWHERE.

We are Buckner Kenya, a non-profit organization that offers a variety of services to children and families to build socio-economic skills  to succeed in life.

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  • Give humanitarian aid
  • Be a kinship family
  • Be a member of Buckner Kenya local donors.
  • Internship opportunities
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We acknowledge that offering educational scholarships, medical supplies, clothing, foodstuff, stationery and sanitary towels to children and families through Buckner Kenya is the first step of their transformational journey. Donate today!

News from Our Blog

  • 03/08/2020 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Cash Transfer Elicit Smiles to Families Hit Hard by COVID-19

    A bubbly smile filled the face of Caroline Wandera, a 67-year-old grandmother of five and a resident of Nambale Sublocation in Busia county, after receiving COVID-19 relief funds from Buckner Kenya, amidst the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

    A small mud structured house and iron sheeted roof, on a small piece of land, is where Caroline and her family call home. Her husband has been bedridden since 1998, following the demise of his mother, rendering Caroline, the family’s breadwinner by default.

    She resorted  in doing laundry for her neighbors in making ends meet; however, the peanuts earned from her business could not provide entirely for her family. Her grandchildren
    failed to attend school regularly due to lack of school fees, stationery, and proper school uniforms.

    “Life has been tough on my side, especially after my husband suffered from a stroke. We all depended on him, but life took a different twist. I had to look for a casual job to make ends meet, but the money earned from the business was insufficient,” said Caroline.

    That pessimistic situation has made her rely on the support of well-wishers to place food on her table. The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic placed a hot nail on a fresh wound, rendering Caroline hopeless. Her children lost their livelihoods, a situation that forced her grandchildren to go to bed hungry.

    “This pandemic has reduced us to beggars. My children lost their jobs, I also can’t go to people’s homes to work from there, since most of them do not have enough money to pay for my labor, we are leaving from hand to mouth and depend on well-wishers for food,” said Caroline.

    To ease the family burden, Buckner Kenya gave Caroline some money through its money transfer initiative, aimed at lessening the aftermath of COVID-19 on vulnerable households residing in rural areas and informal settlements.

    Caroline was able to purchase cooking oil, salt, sugar, millet, maize, fish, bar soaps, and tea leaves for her family.

    “I am grateful to Buckner Kenya for providing me with money to purchase essential items for my family, during this pandemic,” said Caroline

    More than 100 vulnerable families in Cherangany, Busia, Nairobi, Kitale, and Bungoma have benefited from the cash transfer program.

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  • 23/07/2020 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Shinning Hope amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The unprecedented Corona Virus Disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic has changed how people interact with each other, with shaking hands and hugging their loved ones being a thing

    of the past. Most people are currently adjusting to the new normal life of wearing face masks and observing social distancing when visiting public places.

    Life took a different twist for most Kenyans after the confirmation of the first COVID-19 case in the country early this year, with the numbers skyrocketing daily. The move by the Kenyan government to close borders and limit the number of people visiting public places has left people hopeless and miserable.

    Those living below the poverty line had a hot nail on fresh wounds after the government made it compulsory for everyone to wear face masks when visiting public places. An
    essential that left many people contemplating between putting food on the table, and purchasing a face mask, which goes for less than a dollar.

    Buckner Kenya comes in handy to distribute free face masks across all its programs in Cherangany, Nairobi, Kitale, Busia, and Bungoma. A move that has seen more than
    2000 households protect themselves from contracting the virus.

    "The gap between the rich and the poor in the country is huge, therefore, those living below the poverty line cannot afford a facemask that goes for less than a dollar. Buckner Kenya is here to protect the vulnerable by providing them with food, facemasks, hand washing soaps as well as buckets, during this pandemic," said Dickson Masindano, Executive Country Director, Buckner Kenya.

    Mulumia Okumu is a 72-year-old resident of Busia county, who solemnly depends on farm produce and dairy farming to make ends meet. However, life has taken a different angle,
    following the government's move to enact curfew between 4 am and 9 pm. A situation that has limited his movement and sells of his produce, outside his area of residency.

    "The COVID-19 pandemic has made life very difficult for my family. Most of them depend on me, yet I have nothing to offer. My children's jobs have been affected, hence
    forcing us to take a meal a day or even sleep on an empty stomach," said Mulumia.

    His life turned into a new leaf after Buckner Kenya's Busia Family Hope Centre donated facemasks, food supplements, and handwashing buckets.

    "We are glad that his life has been transformed. His grandchildren are happy and can comfortably play with other children. Buckner Kenya will continue offering them
    the support, where need be," said Steve Gumba, case manager, Buckner Busia Family Hope Centre.

    Mulamia's family is now a happy lot. They received information about Covid-19 and how to prevent themselves from contracting the virus. His family no longer lives from hand to
    mouth; his grandchildren are happy and can comfortably sell milk to his neighbors without fear of contracting the virus.

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  • 16/07/2020 - Bertha Lutome 0 Comments
    Embracing Out- of Class Activities during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


    The move by the government of Kenya to cancel the 2020 academic calendar has left many students in limbo, with those expected to sit for their national examination this year, being the most affected.

    The Ministry of Education's announcement left many learners heartbroken after spending close to four months at home, following the confirmation of the first COVID-19 positive case in Kenya early this year. Learners from most private schools were lucky enough to conduct online classes, with those from public schools and marginalized areas were left to study independently.

    Buckner Kenya has encouraged its learners to embrace out-of-class activities, initially regarded as unsupervised activities without specific learning objectives, that prepare them for
    real-life challenges such as time- management, independent learning, and self-efficacy. The learners can practice farming, cooking, and crocheting, during their free time, to prevent them from indulging in behaviours that will destroy their lives.

    " We encourage all learners to shift their schedule to deal with the new situation, especially now that learning in all primary and secondary schools will resume next year. The learners should be open to acquiring new skills, which can help boost the country's economy," said Ken, a teacher at Seed of Hope Academy in Kitale.

    However, Buckner Kenya continues to empower its learners during this pandemic by offering online classes and assignments, through digital learning platforms and social media sites such as whatsapp and text messages. The move has seen more than 2000 pupils from all Buckner Kenya run schools interact freely with their teachers, despite the distance.

    " We conduct online classes and offer our learners assignments to prepare them for national examination, even though the government has cancelled this year's academic calendar.

    The students also interact freely with their teachers and use the platform to ask questions and submit assignments," said Alex, a teacher at Baptist Preparatory school in Nairobi.

    Teachers conduct classes in examined subjects such as; Mathematics, English Grammar, English Composition, Kiswahili Lugha, Kiswahili Insha, Science, Social studies, and Religious Education. (Christian/Islamic/Hindu).

    An idle mind, as they say, is the devil's workshop. Learners can practice several educational activities at home, with the help of their parents, friends, or siblings.

    Ways in which children can learn while at home include;

    1. Generating a workable study timetable
    Learners can create a one or two-hour daily study timetable that can guide them as they study independently. The schedule should include all subjects and topics that they intend to cover. A question a day keeps them on toes.

    2. Practicing science experiments at home.
    Several topics covered in the science subject have experiments that can efficiently be conducted at home. Some of the most straightforward tests highlighted in the question include germination, types of plants, and parts of a flower.
    3. Practicing writing.
    Learning can get creative by writing short stories on different experiences, both good or bad. The stories can be based on topics as simple as; Myself, My worst day, my pet or even,
    my family. Writing helps sharpen their skills and gives them ideas on exciting topics that can be written.
    Above all, parents should educate their children on COVID-19 prevention measures.

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