Disability Inclusion partnership with National Funds for the Disabled of Kenya (NFDK)
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marleenThe Marleen Project is an income-generating activity of L’Arche Kenya. The project consists of 2 production workshops where persons coming from vulnerable groups are trained to become professional artisans. Through the training, they gain skills in leatherworks or woodcarving that enable them to derive an income.

In addition, the products made by people with intellectual disabilities during their occupational therapy are also sold in the Marleen Crafts Shop together with an assortment of other African artefacts. The profit generated by the sales of the items supports activities of L’Arche Kenya.

The attractive shop is located in the centre of Nyahururu. 

In 2002 a young Dutch volunteer, Marleen Bannink, was volunteering at St. Martin CSA. At the same time that Marleen Crafts was founded, she tragically passed away in a car accident. The project was thus named in her hour honour and memory.

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  • 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.

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