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About The Nasio Trust

What We Do

The Nasio Trust is a UK registered charity and Kenyan NGO which supports orphaned and vulnerable children and empowers communities in Kakamega County, Kenya to break the cycle of poverty and thrive, by focusing on three key strands – Education, Healthcare and Sustainable Livelihoods. As a grassroots charity we work in the heart of the community to identify and meet their needs.


We believe children should not grow up in institutions like orphanages, where they are isolated from society because of poverty, sickness, disease or death of parents. Children should live in a loving family with dignity without being stigmatised by the cause of their vulnerability.

Our projects are closely aligned with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals particularly :



Empower communities in  Kakamega County, Kenya to break the cycle of poverty and thrive


A grassroots charity that empowers communities to break the cycle of poverty and thrive, through three key strands – Education, Healthcare and Sustainable Livelihoods

Where We Work 

The Nasio Trust has been working for the past 21-years in Mumias West Sub-County, Kakamega County, Western Kenya. The region is Kenya’s breadbasket but is rife with cultural issues that prevent communities from accessing education, healthcare, and diverse sources of income. While Nasio only worked in the village of Musanda when it first started, the charity’s reach has since expanded to other villages and sub-counties.

Our Strategy

A key part of the Nasio Trust strategy is sustainability within the Mumias West Sub-County community to ensure people embrace the projects as their own and break the cycle of poverty independently.

The key elements of our strategy in 2023 are to:

Foster Community Ownership and Participation: To ensure that our projects are led and informed by the community we work in so that their lifespan may extend beyond The Nasio Trust’s direct involvement. We aim to achieve this by identifying community leaders who will anchor and mobilise people together as well as by involving the community more closely in project ideation, implementation, and decision-making.

Climate-ready communities: To make the people we work with ready to meet the challenge of climate change and to adopt behaviours that safeguard against it. We have incorporated organic farming techniques into our agricultural programme and will be weaning our supported farmers off of chemical fertilisers completely by the next two sowing seasons. Additionally, our new focus will be on regenerative agriculture to improve the fertility of the soil through the introduction of agroforestry, better composting techniques, and minimum tillage techniques.

Prioritising social and behavioural changes: To empower the community to overcome the barriers to the uptake of new knowledge and to convert it into local action. Our thrust will be focused on the sensitisation of a diverse cross-section of the community. We will particularly enact this in the case of the Peer Education Programme to sensitise the whole community regarding safe sex.

Becoming economically self-sustained: To work towards making the charity’s income-generating projects self-contained and profit-making so that it has a consistent source of funds. We are working towards widening the markets we sell our products like honey and spirulina in, while finding innovative ways of reducing our production costs.

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"The Nasio Trust has transformed children from nothing to something. Those who were shelter-less now have shelter, those who were not going to school are now going to school."
Farida (Social worker)

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Katie Isbester Discusses Positive Effects of Reading At An Early Age

Confessions of a Female Publisher by Katie Isbester

Books are essential for broadening our intellectual horizons, but access to these books is found primarily in libraries, a precious resource that is often taken for granted. In her article ‘Confessions of a Female Publisher’, Katie Isbester delves into the positive effects of reading at an early age and the inspiration it provided.

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Muslim Farmers Project

Medina Rajab is a Muslim farmer from Ichinga village, she benefited from the Nasio Trust Muslim farming project where she received maize seeds, fertilizer, and vegetable seeds. She managed to harvest 2 bag of maize which she stored for consumption.

Vegetable production has improved her family’s health by increasing the number of meals per day. Previously, her family used to have a single meal a day but after harvesting the vegetables, she manages 2 meals a day due to availability of enough vegetables.

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The World We Want Foundation – Community Agriculture

Habbert Were, Margaret Chibasa and Grata Auma Sumba all benefitted from The Nasio Trust’s support with farming. ​

They are all working hard and looking forward to becoming self-sustainable in the future.

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