Rachel’s development program is non-governmental organization(NGO) started back in the year 2000 and officially registered in 2003 under the constitution of the Republic of Kenya .
The Organization started as a mercy ground of single mother whose their husband has died as result of HIV/AIDS disease in Kenya .HIV/AIDS was released in 1984 and announced public through the ministry of healthy .After some years people started dying and most affected were Men who left behind their wives and children as a way of comfort the desease wives come together and formed the group ,since they were from the same village .
Rachel Development program headed by Madam Rachel Wanjiru Muiruri initiated an umbrella group (community based organization bringing together all the groups for they were aiming the same goal e.g. Comfort and way forward for their up keep.
The CBO through their interaction with other organizations, institutions, the ministry of health, companies and well-wishers, assisted a lot in the awareness acceptance capacity building and also soliciting funds and material for the bed ridden and the neediest ones.
The burden grew wider as the disease had no cure and the infected as well as the affected continued to join the organization forcing the leaders of the organization to broaden their scope thus forming Rachel’s Development Program.
Rachel’s Development program started a Children’s home through the help of the then member of parliament honorable Patrick Kariuki Muiruri who donated an eleven acre piece of land where the home stands to date. By then, Dr .James Nganga Muiruri who was studying law abroad joined the organization to fill the capacity of a consultant. Dr James brought a great impact to the organization since he also got involved in molding and mentoring the girls at the children’s home and the neighboring learning institutions.
We recall his speech in one of the many seminars where he told the students, ”I am not a doctor…like a medical doctor but a doctor of philosophy and legal matters.” Dr James was a great supporter of Rachel’s Development Program both financially and intellectually.
The organization continued to grow and the orphans were enrolled into schools. They performed well and some have completed their secondary education. Those who dropped out at standard eight were enrolled in tertiary courses. Others are even married and with children.
In the year 2010,after Dr. James was assassinated, my God rest his soul in peace, the organization decided to integrate the children with their close relatives so that they can get the little assistance from their homes. This was because Dr James for the main supporter of. The organization thus visits the children and has enabled the support groups to get legal registration. Members of the organization then decided to change the name of the organization to Rd James Muiruri Foundation in a bid to honor the late Dr James memory.
The organization is also carrying out modern farming methods to help the community in sustainable agriculture projects..