The Anglican Development Services, Western Region is a Faith-based development organization formed on January 6th 1997 as Anglican Church of Kenya – Western Region Christian Community Services (ACK-WRCCS). It was however rebranded in 2014 giving its current name of Anglican Development Services (ADS)-Western limited in the context of a national realignment within the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK). It is the development arm of the six (6) dioceses of the Anglican Church of Kenya Western Region: Bungoma, Butere, Katakwa, Maseno North, Mumias and Nambale.
ADS Western has worked with community groups in Vihiga, Kakamega, Busia and Bungoma since inception in 1997 with the aim of realizing sustainable development.Currently, the organization has expanded its network to Nandi County. This has been made possible through building partnerships with communities and other relevant stakeholders. Currently, the total coverage area of ADS-W is estimated to be 8,435 sq. km with an estimated population of over 5,013,873 according to the 2019 census (GoK, 2019). In her socio-development model, ADSW embraces problem identification, problem solving, capacity building and informed decision making as tools for community empowerment. This enables the targeted population to think critically and find solutions to their own problems.
ADS-W operates under five key thematic areas which include:
- Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience,
- Food and Nutrition Security,
- Universal Health Care and Social Protection
- Organizational Development
- Advocacy and Governance