How it all began…

The Kivuli Project was founded in January 2010 in response to the closure of a school in Kenya.

A small number of orphaned and vulnerable children, who boarded at the school and considered it their home, were at risk of being displaced following its closure and were subsequently identified as being in need of care and protection. After unsuccessful attempts to place these children into other organisations, Daniel and Dee Rutherford felt God calling them to Kenya to start a home for these children.

The children were relocated to new, temporary accommodation where they began attending a Government school, maintaining regular contact with their relatives throughout the year.

A Board was formed, and it prayerfully considered whether the project’s end goal was to place the children into other organisations and disband, or to continue caring for Kenyan children into the future. The decision was made based in-part on the following; registration as an NGO and CCI were secured, financial support was exactly what was required and no other appropriate organisations were found that could care for the children.

The Kivuli Project has since continued to care for the children in temporary accommodation. Throughout this time, the Board has been working to develop the Project’s philosophy, the way to achieve its vision. This process is expected to be completed by the end of the year; however it is clear that to be effective, Kivuli Project must look beyond caring for the children. It must engage with a community to reduce or prevent situations of extreme poverty, family breakdown and ill-health. Kivuli Project has an exciting journey ahead.


Please send cheques to:

Kivuli Project Inc.
PO Box 147
Mount Evelyn VIC 3796

Direct Bank Transfer

You can transfer funds or make a bank deposit directly into the following ANZ bank account in Australia:

ANZ Bank
Account Name: Kivuli Project Inc.
BSB: 013 403
Account Number: 3692 81295


If you require a receipt of your donation, please click here to send us an email and give us your name, address, amount donated via your transfer, and the date of your transfer.


After providing for their loved ones, donors may want to consider leaving a portion of their estate to Kivuli Project. A charitable bequest is one of the easiest ways to make a lasting gift and can easily be made through a simple designation in a will or trust.

A bequest becomes a permanent legacy that will serve the community for generations to come. Kivuli Project’s administrators will ensure that donor’s wishes will continue to be carried out as long as it is possible to do so.

Invite a Kivuli Speaker

Whether you’re looking for a speaker for community group or church, organising a conference or would just like to increase your bank of speakers, Kivuli Project’s team of volunteers are happy to share the Kivuli story, providing inspiration and a great challenge to your audience.

Please contact us if you would like more information.

Visit the Kivuli Project for yourself

Kivuli Project offers short-term opportunities for individuals and small groups to get involved by visiting the project in Kenya. There you will meet the local people, share in their lives and have hands on experience in helping with the Kivuli work.  Please contact us if you are interested in visiting the Kivuli Project.

Pray for Kivuli Project

You can partner with Kivuli Project in praying for the needs of the poor and oppressed in Kenya and those that are working with them. If you are praying, or if you would like to join our prayer team and received regular prayer updates, please email us.

Evening and morning, and at noon, I will pray and cry aloud; and He shall hear my voice. Psalm 55:17