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The Poor Philanthropists

In Pursuit of Community Transformation.

About Us

The Poor Philanthropists is a Community Based Organization in Kenya’s second largest informal settlement -Mathare. We are Horizontal Philanthropists-Our approach to women and girl's rights issues, development and environmental protection and sustainability is participatory. Thus, we do not sit on top of vertical relations to determine solution, rather engage the community in creating solutions. As Intersectional Feminists, we address various social identities and how they overlap to create discrimination and oppression to women and girls. We believe “Mkono moja uosha mwingine”, loosely translated to “one hand washes the other.” We work with support from donors, government agencies, corporates and individuals.

The Problem

Why do we focus our efforts on Mathare?


Mathare's population living in a 1km2 area

* UN Habitat

57% of children in Mathare are facing malnutrition

* UNICEF 2012

80% of Mathare's population is unemployed

* UN Habitat

Risk of HIV infection in Mathare compared to 6% in other urban areas

* Madise Nyovani J, et al (2012)

Avarage monthly cases of sexual and gender-based violence treated by one SGBV clinic in Mathare (2014-2019)

* Doctors Without Borders (2019)

Cases of sexual and gender-based violence in Mathare involve underaged persons

* Doctors Without Borders (2019)

Unstable social contexts including poverty, unemployment and crime are leading contributing factors to drug addiction, abuse and crime.


Youth in mathare are engaged in criminal activities. Crime culture is a means of survival in Mathare.

Our Programs

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights1.

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

No Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights issue is too small or too big to be left uncovered. We know the impact of one issue results to negative ripple effects in every aspect of women and girls lives.

Gender Violence, Response and Recovery2.

Gender Violence, Response and Recovery

We commit to alleviate the chances of violence in collaboration with response and recovery institutions, create awareness/advocate and lobby against different forms of violence, community sensitization on media including social media, arts, trainings. We cannot look at economic empowerment initiatives as a shield against poverty that is a risk factor for gender based violence and inequality.

Environmental Sustainability3.

Environmental Sustainability

Inaccessible clean adequate water and proper sanitation continue to disproportionately affect communities in Mathare and its environs. At least 15 people are treated of cholera every day, while 200 people are infected with typhoid. Women and girls bear the brunt burden of collecting water as well as managing it for domestic use.

Our Work

Project thumbnailThe journey of a thousand mile begins with a single step.
Project thumbnailThis is Glory Hope Center in Mathare Area2, A Day Care and Girls Center that we work with.
Project thumbnailThe girls not only learnt but also got some good goodies! I also got new names-Teacher Gloria!
Project thumbnail10th Dec 2022 we officially launched our MHM campaign, thanks to everyone who came through for us during the fund drive.
Project thumbnailKama kawaida ...the gospel remained constant, MHM advocacy and awareness. Different organisations were represented-Center for Study of Adolescents, Kidogo, Missionaries of Hope, Bloom Gardens Autism Center, One World NetWork, Mathare North Ward. This was God.
Project thumbnailThere were pads, soaps and tissue papers in the bags! There was knowledge to share in the mind too
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Our Partners

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Join our mission and help us mobilize resources as an investment to improve our conditions and future prospects.

mathare children

Our Mission

Create a legacy of long-term and recurring benefits objected against feminized poverty resulting from overlapping social identities by advocating for the rights of women and girls.

Our Vision

An open door to accessibility, opportunities and privileges particularly to those in dire need.