Who We Are

About Us

AFFORD is a charity that was set up to provide the funds to support orphans in the care of the Mount Elgon Trust.



The Trust was started by Dr Bea Andersen in Kenya.



When Bob Andersen (Mount Elgon Orchards) married Bea, a doctor from Holland, the local community immediately began to benefit enormously from her amazing strength, energy and compassion.

Her first project was to convert Bob’s grandparents’ old home on Mt Elgon Orchards into a clinic. Here she began seeing her first patients from the surrounding area including both Kenyans and nearby Ugandans. Bea’s parents began fund raising in Holland for the medical supplies and the project grew rapidly now treating 30,000 patients per year.



Bea’s work in the community spread to more and more projects and eventually it was decided to set up a foundation, the Mount Elgon Trust, to secure the future of the projects. The Trust Projects include:

The Trust Projects include:

Projects Project Sponsor
  •  Andersen Medical Centre SOK/DEG/MEO
  •  Orthopaedic project SOK/MEO
  •  Aids project SOK/DEG/MEO
  •  Orphanage AFFORD Australia/MEO
  •  Primary school Elimu/MEO
  •  Secondary school Elimu/MEO
  •  Craft school Elimu/MEO
  •  Special needs school Elimu/MEO
  •  Village schools Elimu/MEO
  •  Environmental project Elimu/MEO/MENOFA

The trust is managed by 5 trustees: Bea Andersen, Bob Andersen, Cherry Dale, the Catholic Bishop and a community representative. The trust owns the hospital, school and other buildings, and the land upon which they are built.

The secondary school is on the left, the new orphanage under construction in the middle and the hospital complex on the right. 





The farm (Mount Elgon Orchards) is the trust’s largest sponsor and is responsible for the salaries of the project personnel (50 people) and for the maintenance of all the buildings.


AFFORD supports the orphans and the main aims of Afford are:

  • To relieve poverty and promote health, education and  welfare of the orphans
  • To ensure 100% of donations are used directly for the children
  • To aim for a smooth transition when the children are old enough to leave the orphanage

Temporary accommodation was made available and the first children were accepted into care in 2007.

The new orphanage was built during 2009/2010 and the children moved into their new home in April 2010. The new home can accommodate more children and we are now raising funds to support the first 17 children with plans to care for up to 40 children by 2012.



Orphanage Location


Kitale - Suam Rd

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