Our Mission: Faraja – Consolation and Encouragement.
Faraja supports needy people by means of spiritual care and humanitarian aid as well as by facilitating education opportunities in order to empower them so that they are able to take their fate into their own hands.
Our Vision: Small but Excellent.
Faraja is a small but excellent organization, which efficiently uses its funds for the benefit of as many disadvantaged people as possible with the ambition of bringing about real improvement. Therefore, Faraja runs several programs which shall also send a great signal to the outside.
Faraja supports needy people in the Kenyan society, refugees from crisis regions and the people in the prisons of Nairobi and their relatives. The work of Faraja is based in the Christian ethics and in particular in the parable of the Good Samaritan. Therefore, our services are offered to anybody who is in need, regardless of their religion or denomination.
Faraja regards all means of assistance as a social investment and thus the services offered must be valuable to the beneficiary. The aim is not just to spend money for charity but to invest in the person and the society as a whole. The determination of any support is always based on the individual situation of each person.
Faraja offers a comprehensive approach of benefits, in which spiritual care and humanitarian aid are in the foreground. Faraja is convinced that a personal conversation and the understanding of the plight of people is just as important as material benefits. However, Faraja attempts to help people to stand on their own feet by providing also education and other means of support towards economic independence.
Faraja is making sure that former successful recipients of help will eventually make their own material and intellectual contribution to Faraja’s work and so help to spread and to deepen the trust’s commitments and effectiveness.
Faraja strongly believes in a professional way of work that includes the application of generally accepted business principles - even in a charitable organization. Hence, the work of Faraja is result oriented and focused on performance and efficiency. The trust’s mode of operation is also in line with socio-economic and ecological standards.
Faraja is closely cooperating with organizations and partners of a similar nature and of the same ethical standards. It is supporting them in cases where they are better positioned and more competent or efficient to realize Faraja’s objectives.
Faraja employs primarily local staff and workers who receive fair and proper salaries and other benefits, and may go for additional training in order to enhance their performance. They identify themselves with the objectives of the trust and dissociate their personal interests from that of the trust.
Faraja’s work has a long-term focus and therefore needs sustainable financing. The necessary financial means to empower Faraja’s beneficiaries to become self-reliant come from private donors, from the activities of the Swiss Support Group as well as the assistance from the Benedictine Monastery at Uznach, Switzerland. These means are then allocated for the direct benefit of the needy ones, or they are channeled into investment projects of a profitable nature so as to guarantee the sustainability of Faraja’s work.