The Anglican Church of Kenya, Mt Kenya West Diocese
The Mt Kenya West Diocese is located in central Kenya, and our projects with the Anglican Church of Kenya are implemented in the Laikipia and Samburu communities.
The Anglican Church of Kenya is a province of the Anglican Communion, and is composed of 33 dioceses. The current Primate and Archbishop of Kenya is Jackson Ole Sapit.
The church became part of the Province of East Africa in 1960, but Kenya and Tanzania were divided into separate provinces in 1970.
The Anglican Church of Kenya performs a range of functions, including seeking to address major areas of societal concern. These are development, communication, justice, peace and reconciliation. The Church also provides education as a pathway to human development.
Anglican Overseas Aid has had a relationship with the Mt Kenya West Diocese since 1996, when Australian Alf Chipman was the Bishop.
Anglican Overseas Aid has had a relationship with the Mt Kenya West Diocese since 1995. Since 2000, we have been supporting the Anglican Church of Kenya in its efforts to improve access to health for women and children, and addressing the links between poverty and violence against women and children.
We work with the Anglican Church of Kenya on the Imarisha Kwa Kuzingatia Haki Na Usawa project and on the Biotisho project.
The Imarisha project, which means ‘Improving the quality of lives by enhancing rights and equality’, is working to reduce violence against women and children.
The project seeks to address the link between poverty, violence against women and children, and the spread of HIV and AIDS by increasing community awareness of violence, how to stop it, and how to support survivors, while also improving people’s ability to provide for themselves and lift themselves out of poverty.
Training and education about violence and child protection is provided to a range of groups, including schools, community leaders, health centres and government workers.
The project also includes education about productive and sustainable farming, particularly in a changing climate, and the establishment of community gardens. People are also taught how to effectively engage markets with produce.
This project aims at improving health access for Maasai mothers and babies in Laikipia County in the north of the country, in the Diocese of Mount Kenya West.
The Biotisho project is building on the significant impact of The Road Less Travelled (TRLT) project, which was a five year grant from the Australian Government. TRLT contributed to a 400 percent increase in mothers giving birth in a health centre as opposed to giving birth at home.
The Biotisho project is a partnership between the Anglican Church of Kenya and the local Ministry of Health.
Funding: The Imarisha project is funded by grants from the Australian Government’s aid program and donations from the Australian public. The Biotisho project is funded by donations from the Australian public.