Disability Inclusion partnership with National Funds for the Disabled of Kenya (NFDK)
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happy valleyThe Happy Valley is a region in the central part of Kenya that is the subject of innumerable books and quite a few films though its significance has been lost to many locals. The Valley was made famous by the escapades and antics of it’s by then residents. Largely British and Anglo-Irish aristocrats, their lifestyles, wild parties, drinking, and drugs attracted equal measures of loathing and admiration depending on the audience.

Overlooking the so-called Happy Valley on the hills of Engineer township is where I found myself and five other colleagues on holiday recently. I must hasten to state that the destination for our holiday did was not based on the fame of the location.

L’Arche Kenya core members have holidays from time to time. They are intended to allow them to reconnect with friends and family, travel, get out of the dreary routine of work and do something exciting. Assistants like myself of course have the welcome privilege to join in.

Many core members are clear where they want to go and I as an assistant can with reasonable certainty the trip following their ideas.

But for Jane and Allan, the issue is not straightforward. Jane’s family lives far from the community. She also has special needs requiring extended support. These factors make a holiday at her home challenging. Allan on the other hand has no close family members where he could go for a holiday.

Luckily, a former assistant invited the two core members and the accompanying assistants to join her family. And that is why we ended on the outskirts of the (in)famous Happy Valley. This was proof of how relationships formed at L’Arche Kenya can last even if people leave the organization. We had a great time and the holiday was a success for all involved.


  • Effatha and Betania Home

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    At the centre of L'Arche Kenya are the two homes, Effatha and Betania, where people with intellectual disabilities live and work together with their assistants. The core members find there a safe and supportive environment that allows them to pursue their own interests and grow. The homes also serve as a showpiece to the communities an how to give people with disabilities a normal and dignified life.

  • Occupational Therapy Workshops


    L’Arche Kenya also implements an occupational therapy programme that provides adults with intellectual disabilities with a meaningful engagement while nurturing their gifts. Currently, the organization supports 33 adults in various workshops. candle-making workshop, craft workshop, sensory workshop, kitchen and catering workshop, cleaning workshop and carpentry workshop. These workshops give persons with intellectual disabilities with real-life work experience and prepare them for integration into employment.

  • Disability Outreach Programme

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    The Disability Outreach Programme links the organization to the local community by providing spaces for PWIDs to make known their gifts and offering services to children, youth and adults with various disabilities. Some of the activities include:

    • Advocacy forums at the grassroots level to advocate for the inclusion of persons with disabilities
    • Community engagement and mobilization to address the issues  that persons with disabilities encounter
  • Social Enterprise


    L’Arche Kenya runs a social enterprise that aims at providing the organization with some level of financial sustainability as well as showcasing the gifts of our core-members through internal work placement. The projects include the Marleen gift shop, a bakery, the Maranatha welcome and rescue unit, a leather workshop,a  poultry project, and a vegetable farm.

  • Marleen Crafts



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    At Marleen Crafts, we sell the produce of your social enterprise.

    Come and visit us!

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