About Us

Frontiers Children Development Organization (FCDO), is a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to improving the well-being of deprived, excluded, and vulnerable (DEV) children in Turkana County, Kenya. Situated in the Arid and Semi-Arid Areas (ASALs) of the country, Turkana County faces numerous challenges related to climate, economy, and poverty.

Climate: FCDO operates in an area characterized by a hot and dry climate, with temperatures ranging from 20 to 41°C and a mean temperature of 30.5°C. The region experiences erratic and unreliable bimodal rainfall, occurring from April to July (long rains) and September to November (short rains). Rainfall amounts vary greatly, with spatial and temporal variations ranging from 52mm to 480mm, and a long-term average of 200mm. These climatic conditions pose significant challenges to agricultural productivity and livelihood sustainability in the area.

Economy: The economy of Turkana County is primarily driven by pastoralism, with 60% of the population engaged in livestock rearing. Additionally, 20% practice agro-pastoralism, 12% are involved in fishing activities, while the remaining 8% participate in small-scale businesses and casual jobs in urban areas. The heavy reliance on traditional livelihoods, coupled with the challenges posed by the harsh climate, makes the population particularly vulnerable to economic shocks and fluctuations.

Poverty Level: Despite its rich cultural heritage and natural resources, Turkana County grapples with high levels of poverty, with 79.4% of the population living below the poverty line. The combination of limited economic opportunities, harsh climatic conditions, and inadequate access to essential services exacerbates the vulnerability of children and families in the region, highlighting the urgent need for targeted interventions to address poverty and improve livelihoods.

In this context, FCDO's mission to undertake holistic transformational development aligns with the pressing needs of the community, aiming to enhance the health, education, skills, and safety of underprivileged children and young adults in Turkana County. Through strategic interventions and partnerships, FCDO seeks to empower communities, build resilience, and create sustainable pathways out of poverty for future generations.

Our Vision

Thriving communities where all children and young adults realize full potential

Our Mission

To undertake a holistic transformational development to enhance the health, education, skills and safety of underprivileged children and young adults.

Our Core Values(RISACI)

Frontiers Children Development Organization (FCDO) is committed to delivering excellent 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐬 for children, upholding 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐲 by maintaining trust in our interventions, dedicating resources to targeted 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬, ensuring 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 and transparency, fostering 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, and embracing 𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 for impactful approaches.

Our History

Christian Children Fund (CCF) started its activities in the former Turkana District in 1978 through the Catholic church. The main interventions were in child sponsorship, education and health.

In 1985, CCF started implementing the activities directly with the communities. Due to the vastness of the District, the area of operation was reduced to cover  Loarengak, Lokitaung  (Turkana North), Nadapal, Turkwell , Lorugum, Kalemumyang and Loima/Namoruputh(Loima) Lokapel and Katilu (Turkana South). All these operated as Self Help Groups in their respective zones. In the 1990s, some of the projects were closed down and some merged to create more synergies for interventions.

In May 2001, Loarengak Child and Family Program and Turkwell Child and Family Program merged and formed Frontiers Children Development Program (FCDP).In June 2021, FCDP was registered as a local NGO and renamed Frontiers Children Development Organization (FCDO). Since 2021, FCDO has been an implementing Partner of ChildFund in Turkana County. Though registered to cover the entire Turkana County, FCDO has been implementing projects in eight wards in Turkana North, Turkana Central, Turkana South and Loima.

The organization implements project in sponsorship, education, Child Protection, Health and Nutrition, WASH, Food Security and Livelihoods and DRR.

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