Community Initiatives for Rural Development (CIFORD Kenya) is a community based organization working in Meru North District of Eastern Province, Kenya. The organization was formed in July 2002 and registered with the Ministry of Sports, Gender and Social Services. The community-based organization was formed to tackle socio-economic problems facing the residents of Meru North District and more so the issues affecting women and children. The organizations main focus is in areas of community capacity building, sustainable agriculture, and community health with emphasis on formation of new, safe, empowering coming-of-age rituals which place strong emphasis on girls staying in school rather than early marriage.
CIFORD Kenya has had a program to empower the women and girls through women forums and seminars as well as the girls’ alternative rite of passage and mentorship which involved experience sharing forums where women role models from the community have been involved to encourage girls and motivate them. Thus empowering more women and girls which have made it possible to have more girls retained in school and women educating the community on the dangers of FGM and need for girl child empowerment and support.
The following core operating values influence
the culture and public image of CIFORD as
an effective community-based organization
serving the Meru North communities.
These values shall provide and set the
philosophy and culture CIFORD service
- Community Involvement
A self-reliant rural community that is able to evolve a sustainable community development by involving women and children in development process.
CIFORD exists to empower women, youth and men in how to build and maintain a sustainable community so that every person has food security, health information, clean water and access to an education