The Mango Tree Orphan Support Programme

Learning and Skills 4 Life

The project aims to provide better access to education for orphans and disadvantaged children and young people in Homabay County, Kenya. It has objectives to provide educational bursaries for formal and informal learning and deliver extra tuition, holiday enrichment and girls rights projects.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1095767)

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Championed by Waterloo Foundation (International)

  • "The Mango Tree is a shining example of how to encourage young people to realise their potential. The difference TMT makes is quite remarkable."

    — Julian & Catherine Roskill, Mango Tree donors since 2003

  • "I struggled to stay in secondary school and it was a long journey for me to go to university, I feel so lucky. Very few female orphans, like me, manage to get to university because they face so many barriers."

    — Via Ibrahim, Graduate BA Degree in Economics and Finance

  • "The Mango Tree is a model of how a good charity should be run. It inspired me to set up my own small charity. If only there were more like it the world would be a better place."

    — John Humphrys, BBC Radio 4 Presenter and Founder of The Kitchen Table Charities Trust


We work in politically marginalised areas which have been badly affected by HIV/AIDS. There high numbers of orphaned children, high social and economic deprivation, poor infrastructure, high unemployment and weak government service delivery. Dropout rates in some rural primary and secondary schools are as high as 15% for males and 20% for females. Secondary enrolment rates are remain low, especially for girls and orphaned children who face the biggest barriers to accessing a full education.


Our project works by providing educational bursaries for these orphans and young people to access good quality education. We will also add value by providing extra holiday tuition, seminars and training on rights or sexual health education, supported work experience placements and training and advice to set up small businesses or to establish small farming projects such as bee-keeping, poultry, fish farming and fruit farms. Many former beneficiaries are now living independent lives.