Pragya Kenya is a non-profit development organisation committed to poverty relief, social justice, environmental protection and conservation, gender equality, access to education and disaster management. Founded in 2011, Pragya secures transformational change at the grassroots, focusing on the remote and marginalised communities often left behind in the development process.
Pragya Kenya is working for the sustainable development of the most vulnerable and underserved regions in the continent and the vulnerable & marginalised communities that inhabit them, as well as the conservation of its sensitive ecosystem. Grassroots projects are being undertaken in the remote and deprived parts of the highlands of East Africa, and in the dryland savannah belt. Research on critical issues and policy needs is followed by necessary advocacy and support to other state and non-state actors.
While all areas in the highland and savannah eco-zones fall within our ambit, our current grassroots work covers parts of the Rift Valley in western Kenya and northern Kenya. We aim to expand our scope in the near future to cover similar regions in Tanzania and Ethiopia. Our work in Africa is delivered through a small team and our office in Nairobi, Kenya.
Pragya takes a practical and culturally-sensitive approach to development, grounded in long-term community partnerships where communities define the change they want to see. Working through a combination of grassroots initiatives, scientific and policy research, and advocacy at national and international levels, Pragya enhances the capacities of individuals, communities and institutions to create more humane and equitable societies.
Medicinal plants cultivation has proven to be an effective high value cash crop that can lift small farmers out of poverty and reduces wild harvest of rare plants...
Your generous support can help us set up nurseries for planting material and train farmer groups.
Pragya adopts several approaches to supply remote and marginalised populations in the ASALs of central and northern Kenya with adequate and safe water.
Pragya’s Biodiversity and Habitat Management work comprises several elements to counter threats to vulnerable ecosystems and mitigate their impacts, empowering communities for...
Pragya works to extend quality educational facilities to the most remote and disadvantaged communities. We establish Education Resource Centres in selected schools that serve remote settlements...
Pragya’s livelihoods work in Kakamega equips smallholding farmers with the knowledge and capacity to sustainably cultivate high-value medicinal plants as a livelihood option, reducing the need for...
Gender sensitivity is entrenched across the spectrum of Pragya’s work. We work to help promote a more equitable society for women and girls, though a combination of measures encompassing women’s economic...
Pragya Kenya’s disaster management programme is primarily focussed on slow-onset disasters in the form of severe water-stress facing communities in the arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) of...
Pragya engages with key stakeholders from across the international development sector to spread our message, develop and share ideas, garner support, encourage debate and collaborate on projects. We harness knowledge and...
Pragya conducts wide-ranging research in all the countries in which we work. We undertake ethnographic research concerning last mile and marginalised populations, and the unique and often little-understood geographies...
• 95 small & marginal farmers and 115 members from self-help groups cultivating medicinal & aromatic plants
• Cultivation protocols of 4 high-value medicinal plants species disseminated among farmers
• 3000+ men and women and 1500+ children were reached through the conservation awareness program
• 3 Community Conservation Councils (CCC) for improved management of Community Protected Areas
• 489 women and girls, 86 men and 30 other stakeholders engaged in participatory research on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
• 12 Women's Water & Sanitation Councils set up to protect and manage shared water sources and toilets
• 24+ safe water and sanitation facilities in communities, schools and nomadic groups
• 120 households benefitted from Portable Water Tanks distributed to nomadic pastoral groups
• 4221children and 69 teachers benefitted through Education Resource Centres
• Children have access to digital learning tools and age-appropriate learning toys at 9 Education Resource Centers
• Water conservation and revitalisation measures undertaken at 12 water sources and surrounding catchment areas in ASALs through community participation.
• Regeneration of pasturelands undertaken at 6 grazing sites in ASALs through re-seeding of eroded patches, afforestation or planting of shelter belts.
Pragya Kenya's work is made possible by the financial support extended by individual donors, government bodies, national foundations and international organizations. We work to implement the various projects through our partner organizations in the target counties.