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Thematic Program Areas

Dorcas in Kenya works mainly in five different thematic areas. These include Health (including HIV/AIDS, Maternal and Child Health, Malaria control); Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Sustainable Livelihoods, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), as well as Child sponsorship.


In response to the HIV/Aids pandemic in Kenya, Dorcas supports HIV/Aids projects in 3 Counties of Kitui, Makueni and Siaya. The HIV program revolves around reducing the spread of HIV/Aids and improving care of the infected and affected community members while the focus is on the following key result areas:

  • Improving knowledge and level of awareness on HIV/Aids prevention and control.

  • Reducing stigma on HIV/AIDS.

  • Improving care and support for people living with HIV/Aids and orphans and vulnerable children as a result of HIV/AIDS.

  • Improving incomes for people living with HIV/Aids, youth and guardians taking care of orphans and vulnerable children.

  • Improving on lobby and advocacy on issues affecting both people living with HIV/Aids and orphans and vulnerable children.


Dorcas implements 3 projects focussing on MNCH implemented in partnership with Shokut Naretoi Community Project in Kajiado; and the other two are integrated projects implemented in Kitui County (Mwingi Central/ Migwani Sub Counties) and Siaya County (Gem Sub County) which have a component of maternal neonatal and child health. The program is geared towards reducing child and maternal mortality ratios. Key result areas for the project include:

  • Improving maternal, neonatal and child health outcomes.

  • Improving nutritional status of mothers, newborns and children under 5.

  • Improving family planning uptake and sexual reproductive health outcomes.

  • Strengthening capacity of health care delivery systems.


The program purpose is to increase incomes, crops and livestock yields among target communities. The projects focus on the following key result areas:

  • Improving incomes among target farmer households.

  • Increasing crop yields among target households.

  • Increasing livestock production.

  • Increasing access to water for farming activities.

  • Increasing environmental conservation and climate adaptation among target communities.

Currently, three programs of sustainable livelihoods are being implemented in Kitui and Makueni counties in partnership with Muangeni Rural Development Program, Wikivuvwa Development Action and Kitise Rural Development Program.


The aim of WASH programs is to:

  • Break transmission routes for water related infections through up-scaling drinking of clean water and eliminating fecal-oral contacts.

  • Provision of sustainable access to safe drinking water through improved water sources to avoid contamination, enhance water quality (free from chemical, toxins and microbiological pollutants), increase water quantity (minimum of 20L per person per day), reduce distance to water sources (within IKM of user’s dwelling) and expand lifespan of water systems (i.e. improved village level management).

  • Sustainable access to improved sanitation through creating open defecation free communities (ODF).

  • Improved hygiene practices through promotion of personal hygiene, consumption of safe food, drinking clean water, hand washing with soap at critical times, domestic and environmental hygiene, as well as ensuring safe disposal of faeces.

Currently, two WASH projects are implemented within the counties of Kajiado and Siaya.


Dorcas has 1 major project on DRR in Marsabit County, specifically Moyale Sub County. The project is critical for this region as most actors working in the target locations are focused on humanitarian aid. Many of them only react to humanitarian situations, but do not address structural causes of problems or work on longer term development. To increase stability in the region, the project focuses on the sustainable transition from humanitarian aid to structural development. Key result areas for this project include:

  • Increased and diversified agriculture and livestock production and marketing to improve their food security and resilience to drought vagaries.

  • Increased disaster risk reduction and preparedness through community managed disaster risk reduction.

  • Supporting community to adopt and engage in alternative income sources available from off-farm activities.

  • Responding to general humanitarian and rehabilitation needs of target communities.

Dorcas will do so by remaining in the chosen locations for several years, which gives the time needed to go beyond humanitarian aid and structurally address problems that undermine the stability of the area.


The main focus of the sponsorship sector is to support children from poor and vulnerable households to access education in order to become self-reliant. In addition, the sponsorship program enables children to access healthcare, school materials, psychosocial and spiritual services, as well as life skills. Further, the program ensures that children rights are well-articulated and protected by working with the children department and local authorities. On the other hand, parents are guardians are involved in diverse income-generating activities to empower them take care of their families.



For international transactions please use Dorcas' International Bank Account Number: NL04 RABO 0106 2500 00

How We Work

How We Work

Dorcas operates building the capacities of local partner organisations and funding their relief and development projects.

Our Programmes

Our Programmes

Dorcas supports sustainable livelihoods, health, WASH, child development, social care and disaster management.