Who we are

National Organization of Peer Educators (NOPE) was established in 2000 and registered in Kenya as an NGO in 2001. NOPE’s health and social programs target vulnerable and marginalized populations in Kenya and the East Africa region. These include youth, women, domestic workers, small scale traders and people in formal and informal workplaces. Key programmatic areas include advocacy, strategic behavioral communication with a focus on peer-led approaches, maternal and neonatal child health (MNCH), livelihoods, and democracy and governance.

Vision: A world with healthy communities and sustained social development.

Mission: ‘To build capacity of communities and organizations for delivery of quality health and social services.

NOPE has benefited from the US Government’s investment in building local capacity and promoting local ownership. For instance, NOPE has been a direct beneficiary of organizational and technical capacity building supported by USAID and CDC through FHI 360, John Snow Inc. (JSI) and Management Sciences for Health (MSH). Under PEPFAR’s New Partners Initiative (NPI) NOPE received a grant of US$5.6 million from CDC and organizational and technical capacity building from JSI through TA-NPI (2009-2012). NOPE strengthened systems, structures and policies in human resources, finance and procurement. From 2012 to 2014, NOPE was one of the top 10 local civil society organizations selected to benefit from Institutional strengthening and programmatic grants under the USAID FANIKISHA Institutional strengthening Initiative led by MSH, enabling it to sub-grant and build capacity of 7 CSOs.

With 50 fulltime employees, NOPE has a solid, functional and transparent governance and management structure headed by an Executive Director under an Oversight Board, supported by a senior management team. NOPE employs a pool of staff with technical expertise in health and social programs. NOPE has capably managed annual budgets of up to $3,000,000 through sound financial, administrative and procurement systems backed by strengthened and tested procedures and guidelines manuals. Annual institutional and donor compliance audits are conducted by reputable audit firms. Finance staff have undergone training on USG granting and compliance guidelines.