To provide quality and personalized education to women and girls, developing all aspects of each individual to the full in accordance with Christian principles

A dignified life for every woman in Kenya through quality education.

Kianda Foundation was started as a non-profit making Educational Trust aimed at promoting the educational, professional, cultural and spiritual welfare of women in Kenya. A trust Deed established the foundation on 9th January 1961. It is registered under the Land (Perpetual Succession) Act. It achieves this aim through the establishment and management of schools, colleges and training centres for both women and girls, thus promoting their general education.

Kianda foundation projects have grown continuously over the years in the answer to the real needs of women’s development in different fields at a particular time. The projects of the foundation respond to the conviction of the Trustees that women provide the key to a social development based on Christian values.

The Foundation was set up by a group of professional women in Kenya who decided to place their education, management expertise, time and knowledge at the service of women in this country.

Areas of intervention include:

  • Formal education(from kindergarten, primary to secondary school level).

  • Technical educaion.

  • Adult literacy.

  • Cookery, Nutrition and Hygiene courses.

  • Income generating activities and business skills development courses for rural women.

  • Health care provision

  • HIV/AIDS awareness courses



Their role is to safeguard the aims of the Foundation and make sure that all activities fall under them.

  • Dr Olga Marlin, D.Litt. (Honoris Causa), M.A., H.dip.ED
  • Prof. Christine Gichure, PhD. (Philosophy)
  • Bernadette Musundi, M.A, Administration and Management
  • Wilfreda Chepkoech, H. Dip. Pharmacy
  • Seraphina Mwangi, H. Dip. Business Studies
  • Dorothy Khamisi, B.A (History and Linguistics), Masters in Educational Management


The role of the Management Board is to set up different projects, look for funds, train personnel to look after them and provide training backing until the project is running smoothly.

  • Mercedes Otaduy – Managing Director
  • Jayne Njoroge – Administrator and Finance Controller
  • Susan Kinyua – Public Relations/ Outreach Program Manager
  • Jennifer Maina – Accountant


Kianda Foundation relies on funding from donors both in Kenya and overseas.  Expenses of the running of the Trust are kept at a minimum, employing only the essential staff and relying heavily on the volunteer work of dedicated professionals.


  • K.P. & Lighting
  • Communications Authority of Kenya (CA)
  • NIC Bank
  • Equity Bank
  • AAR Credit Services
  • ASL Credit Ltd
  • Multiple Hauliers
  • Dry Associates
  • The Investment House
  • Archer’s Tours & Travel
  • MGK Associates
  • TripleOKLaw
  • UAP Old Mutual Foundation
  • Fred’s Academy
  • Heritage Insurance
  • Coca Cola
  • Cube Movers
  • KCB


  • Fundacion RODE (Spain)
  • ACTEC (Belgium)
  • ICEP (Austria)
  • ICU (Italy)
  • FISC (Spain)
  • Fundacion del Valle (Spain)
  • Fundacion Carmen Gandarias (Spain)
  • IECD (France) in collaboration with the European Union
  • Rein Donau (Germany)
  • ACI (USA)
  • Fundación Roviralta (Spain)
  • Fundación Isolana (Spain)
  • Cherkin Preston Foundation (USA)
  • Action Aid (England)
  • German Government
  • Stiftelsen Ateneum (Sweden)
  • Fundacion Montblanc (Spain)
  • United Nations Women’s Guild (Switzerland)
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
  • Inter-Cultur ry (Helsinki) in collaboration with the government of Finland
  • Foundation for Social and Cultural Advancement (United States of America)
  • Fundación Maite Iglesias (Spain)
  • Fundación Limmat (Switzerland)
  • KKE (Finland)