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Development Pamoja Ltd is an Irish charity working with disadvantaged rural communities near Nakuru, Kenya. Pamoja means "together" in Swahilli, so Development Pamoja literally means "development together". Our team of 4 people (1 Irish and 3 Kenyan) implement all projects on the ground.

What makes us different?

We work with the community to create opportunities for people to improve their own lives and in turn help build a sustainable local economy. (We do not usually give free handouts as we believe they lead to a reliance on aid and are damaging to local economies.) Our objective is to foster a greater sense of collective responsibility which helps to build a better society for all.

Where does your money go?

We can promise you that 100% of all money donated goes directly to Kenya. All work in Ireland is done on a voluntary basis and expenses in Kenya are kept to an absolute minimum. Read about our financial accountability.

Where do we work?

Our work is focused on a number of villages in Mogotio, an area which straddles the equator, 44km north of Nakuru in Kenya's Rift Valley.

Most charities in Kenya operate in the towns and cities but we have found that it is the rural communities that need the most help. In these remote areas, access to credit is limited, education is not a priority, primary health care is inadequate and farm practices are outdated. As Development Pamoja, we work exclusively with these communities.

Our Objectives:

Our work in the community focuses on food security, access to clean water, education and healthcare.

How did we get started?

Development Pamoja was formed in 2009 by our current Kenya team, who were already working voluntarily with disadvantaged communities in Kenya's Rift Valley Province. This group included James Hennessy from Cork who has been living in Kenya for 6 years and manages all of our projects.

Development Pamoja is currently registered as a Community Based Organisation in Kenya. Our Irish registered company Development Pamoja Ltd (Charity Number CHY 19370) provides funding for all Development Pamoja projects.

Religious / Tribal Policy:

As an organisation we are not affiliated with any religion, nor do we have any future intent to espouse any religious message. Our members, and those we assist, are of various creeds and religious preference bears no significance when we are initiating and implementing our projects. We take a similar approach with the issue of tribe which can be a divisive issue in Kenya. Our office holders are all from different tribes and those we assist are not identified through their tribe but through their suitability to participate in our projects.