British charity founder hopes MBE will help support more vulnerable people in Kenya

Mary-Jane Butler at Namboboto Health Centre
Mary-Jane Butler during a busy day at the Namboboto Health Centre.

Widows and Orphans in Rural Kenya (W.O.R.K.) founder Mary-Jane Butler has said she hopes her MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours will help raise the profile of the charity and in turn help them support more vulnerable people in Kenya.

Nangina Special School children
Some of the children who the charity sponsor in Nangina Special School in Busia County.

Speaking to Brits in Kenya, Mary-Jane said that while she was honoured to receive the award, she wanted to recognise the help she has received in making the charity a success.

“Many have helped hugely over the years,” she said.

Widows group in Sinoko County
A group of widows supported by the charity from Sinoko village in Bungoma county.

On the MBE itself, Mary-Jane told us: “I am honoured and just hope that it will help us to raise more funds and so help more of these very vulnerable young and elderly people.

“Western Kenya suffers badly and there are very few people or organisations supporting those who need it in the area. So I am fairly surprised anyone noticed but happy and hopeful!”

Group photo of SS kids at PV
A gathering of some of the secondary school orphans supported by the charity

To read more about Mary-Jane’s W.O.R.K charity or to make a donation towards help fund their projects in Kenya, please visit their website.