AVSI in Kenya
- Nairobi HQ Office St. Kizito Building Off Thika Rd, Exit 8
Tel: + 254 721 537 657
- Dadaab Office UNHCR DMO Dadaab sub county, Garissa County
Tel: + 254 742 171 999
- Otiende Office Sister of Adoration of the blessed sacrament Center, KENYA POLICE DOG UNIT ROAD 18A
Tel: +254 707 861 619
- Little Prince office Little Prince Primary School – Fort Jesus Kibra
Tel: + 254 729 786 335
- Meru Office Off Makutano Road, Ronogone Parish
Tel: + 254 721 867 929
For over thirty years, AVSI has been working in 26 Counties to promote the development of local communities with a focus on education.
AVSI supports schools, vocational training institute and teachers in the poorerst area of the Country: Nairobi slums, rural villages and Dadaab refugee camp.
In Kenya, AVSI collaborates with numerous local partners in implementing development projects and managing works in the capital Nairobi, several villages, and the Daddab refugee camp on the border with Somalia.
- St. Kizito School. It is located on the suburbs of Nairobi and since 1994 has been offering about 700 boys and girls each year the opportunity to obtain a vocational qualification valid for entry into the world of work. It offers 11 Courses including: Mechanic, Business Secretary, Electronics Technician, Catering, Hairdresser, Computer Technician, etc. St. Kizito collaborates with various foundations and local businesses for business training, internships and job placement for refugees and disadvantaged youth. These are interventions carried out in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the European Union and other private donors
- Little Prince School. It is an elementary school, with attached kindergarten, located in the slum of Kibera that accommodates 400 children. In addition to schooling, space is given to various art workshops, the most significant of which is theater. It has a bio gas plant, solar panels, urban gardens and a chicken farm to meet the needs of the school
- Cardinal Otunga School. Thanks to an innovative educational method, it is now among the best secondary schools in Kenya. It houses 140 students and is located in Kiambu County, not far from Nairobi. It has various laboratories, a library, a computer room, a multipurpose room and a large campus for sports and recreational activities.
- San Riccardo Pampuri School. Is located in Meru County, in the village of Mutuati and provides the opportunity for many poor children to be able to receive a quality education. It has 350 students and has a school canteen, a library and a rainwater collection system.
- AVSI also supports E. Mazzola kindergarten and the Urafiki Caravan elementary school in Kahawa Sukari in Kiambu County; in Nandi County AVSI supports the Holy Rosary Centre with 350 students and in Narok County the O.L. of Angels secondary school with the aim of saving and protecting so many Maasai girls from the cruel practice of infibulation and from being sold as "bride-children."
- For orphans and children most at risk. Every year, through the Distance Support program, AVSI helps about 25,000 poor people. The goal is to enable thousands of orphaned and vulnerable children to be able to go to school, receive free medical care and help their parents, through the formation of mutual aid groups, learn to read and write, access micro credit and start a small business.
- Agri-business, nutrition and energy in rural areas. In Meru County, starting with the donation of cows to families with malnutrition problems, a milk collection and sale cooperative and a consumer credit cooperative were established, involving more than 700 families and employing 32 people. An AICS-funded project began in 2018 to strengthen five cooperatives with 2,500 farmers to increase milk production and start the process of pasteurization and processing into yogurt. A rural electrification and capacity building program for 600 smallholder farmers was also started.
In Dadaab alongside Somali refugees
AVSI has been working in the Dadaab refugee camp since 2009, where it is credited with a decisive role in Education and Teacher Training. AVSI has trained about 2,000 teachers and renovated and built 327 new classrooms, in cooperation with institutional and local partners. Today, AVSI works more specifically in elementary school teacher training projects with refresher and Somali language courses, legally recognized, and supported by funding from the European Union, UNICEF, and the U.S. Government (PRM).
In the country, AVSI collaborates with 900 schools, several Dispensaries, Shelter Centers, local and international entities for Child Protection, AIDS prevention, youth employment, social integration of refugees, fight against infibulation, protection of single mothers, psycho-physical support programs for disabled people, access to micro-credit, free distribution of personal hygiene products, clothing, water purification kits, toys, school supplies.