Nyogaya foundation was founded and registered in June 2013, with a membership of 40 widows which grew up to 600 members by 2021. It was started in honor of a strong woman “NYOGAYA’ Meaning the daughter of OGAYA. Nyogaya became a popular nick name amongst the villagers where she used to work with women empowerment groups. She worked with 7 different groups until she could not do it anymore after being diagnosed with arthritis. She was down with arthritis for almost 25 years until 2017 when she died. ‘Nyogaya’, was a hard-working peasant farmer, disciplinarian, God fearing, a teacher and liked by many in the village and a defender of women rights especially widows.
In 2013 Thomas Agutu, the founder of Nyogaya Foundation, and the younger son of Nyogaya, having devoted his life to serving God and with good mentorship from his mother, and a call from God. James 1:27“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
“Proactive transformation of Culture and lives through Socio-Economic Empowerment through widows and Orphans and practical demonstrations, journeying with rural communities of Kenya in their challenges in life”.
Striving to be the most financially compliant indigenous NGO.
To improve the lives of millions of widows, orphans, vulnerable children & other vulnerable population in Kenya & Africa
A case in point is, in Kenya when a man dies, the widow loses everything; not only the man she loves but her home, possessions, dignity, her freedom and place in society. The death of many people especially men in late 90s as a result of HIV/AIDS has also left behind a shocking large number of orphaned children.
In most Kenyan cultures such as the ‘LUO culture’, after the death of Husbands, many widows are abused physically, psychologically, and sexually and this has led to the suffering of many orphans. In many cultures it is considered okay for a widow to be cursed out of society. In most cases they are blamed for their husband’s death. As a ritual they are forced to shave their hair and treated with disregard.
Most of them do not know what the husband owned and go through a lot of stress looking for how to recover and take custody of them. Wife inheritance is acceptable and if a widow refuses to be inherited by their in-laws, they are beaten and chased away from their homes. Some have been raped as a way of “cleansing them from their sins” but this is not okay, and some contact HIV/AIDS from their inheritors.
As a foundation we are out to give the women’s very critical stake in socio-cultural development in our society, a woman problem is a community’s problem. And so, in playing our part in rebuilding a positive and productive society, as a group we endeavor to support widows and orphans to rise above these negative cultural tendencies and stamp their feet the community development context- empowered to fight the discrimination, suffering and poverty in our villages.