A volunteer in a VSO T-shirt sits in a row with other women, who are wearing traditional dress


We've been working in Kenya since 1959, building healthy communities, strengthening inclusive education systems, and supporting people to develop sustainable and resilient livelihoods.


We reached a total of 27,825 people in 2018/19.


We supported 7,615 people to develop secure and sustainable livelihoods.


Enrolment at Vocational Training Centres has increased by 20%.

Healthy communities

Close up of a woman's outstretched palms holding a packet of contraceptive pills
VSO/Jason J Mulikita

Our health programming supports women to make empowered family planning choices.

We work to improve access to, and delivery of, inclusive family planning and sexual and reproductive health services. Focusing on adolescents, people with disabilities and poor rural women, we’re reducing inequalities in access to modern contraceptives, supporting women to plan their pregnancies safely.

By addressing socio-cultural barriers and collaborating with both public and private sector actors to improve delivery, we aim to empower 322,000 women to take control of their sexual and reproductive health.

Inclusive education

Pupils practise Kenyan Sign Language

Young Deaf pupils practise using Kenyan Sign Language.

We work to improve access to Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE), and inclusive education for children with disabilities, with a particular focus on girls. We promote social inclusion for young people with disabilities, supporting them to benefit not only from opportunities for accelerated learning, but also career and life skills development.

Our work in ECDE focuses on supporting local governments to improve their provision of early childhood education.

Resilient livelihoods

Tailor Christine Syombua using her sewing machine
VSO/Jeff DeKock

Support with business training and capital enabled tailor Christine to set up a small shop.

Our youth programming in Kenya focuses on supporting some of the country’s most marginalised and disadvantaged young people – particularly those living with disabilities, young girls, young heads of households, and those from informal settlement and pastoralist communities. We support people to develop employability and entrepreneurship skills, empowering them to find employment or establish their own income-generating activities.

We’re working to ensure that 10,000 young people benefit from relevant skills development and training, and 5,000 are supported to access entrepreneurship and employment opportunities.

Annual Impact Report 2020-21

This year saw many adjustments and adaptations to our programmes, majorly due to the continuing impact of COVID-19. In Kenya, we aimed to reach the most marginalised, vulnerable, and hard to reach children, women, youth and people with disabilities within communities. This report analyses the impact and reach of operations in Kenya during the past year.

Download the report here

Through partners like VSO... we are enabling citizens to respond as volunteers to tackle poverty in Makueni County through public participation.
Professor Kivutha Kibwana
Governor, Makueni County

Contact us

We work with a number of partners including the UK's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), USAID, ERIKS Development Partner, PS Kenya, ActionAid, and Leonard Cheshire.

If you are interested in supporting our work, or if you have another query, get in touch:

Address: VSO Kenya, Timau Plaza 5th Floor, Argwings Kodhek Road, Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: (+254) 720 890 184, (+254) 203 871 700
Email: vsokenya.comms@vsoint.org

Volunteer with us

We are always looking for more skilled specialists.

Find out more about volunteering with us in Kenya

Find out more about our work in:

Regina Mwaba sharing her story and encouragement to some young girls inside the Youth Friendly Space at Mbabala Clinic.
Chosa Mweemba

Inclusive sexual and reproductive health and rights

Supporting the most vulnerable people to realise their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Children using tablet computers on the VSO Malawi Unlocking Talent project

Education system strengthening

Developing inclusive education systems that leave no child behind.

A student watches intently as her instructor demonstrates machinery in a welding and metal workshop

Employment and entrepreneurship

Ensuring that everyone has access to decent employment and market opportunities.