Legal Resources Foundation Trust (LRF) is a national civil society organization founded in 1993. Because of the restrictive registration challenges, LRF operated initially as a project of Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) until August 2000 when it was registered as a Trust under the Trustees (Perpetual Succession) Act Chapter 164, Laws of Kenya. LRFs registered office and headquarters is in Nairobi City County.
LRF, as a premier bridge to justice institutions, seeks to harness the collaborative benefits of strategic partnerships to gain holistic participatory interventions towards justice, equity and resilience in communities.
At LRF, we envision ‘a just and equitable Society’. This vision depicts the desired state of the society, primarily within Kenya and beyond, that LRF as a human rights organization is working towards. The institutional vision of LRF is therefore: “A premier catalyst institution for a just and equitable society.
Our Motto “Haki Itawale” has been adopted in the fight for Justice and equity. This is a Kiswahili (the main national language of Kenya) phrase whose English meaning is “Justice for all”. Through our vast network in the country, we aim to ensure justice for every Kenyan, despite their social, political or economic status.
We uphold work ethic in interventions and interactions with all our stakeholders.
We are dependable to our stakeholders and peers.
We harness new ideas. We balance diverse viewpoints.
We accommodate and understand other’s feelings and situations while carrying out our noble task.
We synergize as staff, partners and with beneficiaries for a cooperative work environment that promoted achievement of the desired results.
DEVELOPMENT HISTORY OF LEGAL RESOURCES FOUNDATION TRUST
LRF has a Board of Trustees comprising of seven (7) Trustees (three women and four men). They are eminent persons who have expertise in education, media, finance, management, legal and human rights sectors. The Board is responsible for policy-making and oversight role. The day to day operations of the organization are guided by the Executive Director who runs the secretariat. The operations are spread in sixteen (16) Counties in the country with technical support from teams of volunteer lawyers, teachers, paralegals who work with the County administration, Kenya Prisons Service, Judiciary, National Police, Probation and Aftercare department and the community within the various program sites.
LRF Experience & Growth
LRF has grown from a small organisation running a street law project for schools into a leader in training of paralegals, production of human rights publications and development of programmes that target to enhance access to justice for target communities. The programmatic operations are spread in 31 constituencies in Kenya. In pace with its growth patterns, LRF in 1999, 2003 and 2009 developed its first, second and third and Strategic Plans enabling it to shift from the previous project planning to programmatic approaches.
LRF is an integral part of the Kenyan civil society and a member of the National Civil Society Congress. Increasingly, LRF has also taken up regional ( East, Central and Western Africa) and international training and advocacy initiatives in matters of publications of human rights materials, curriculum development and paralegal approach and consequently, sees itself as a critical civic voice in enhancing matters of access to justice.
LRF is guided by the Strategic Plan 2019 to 2023 with four (4) strategic pillars; Administration of Justice, Community Organisation and Effective Governance, Knowledge Development and Learning and Institutional Development and Capacity enhancement. LRF employs four (4) approaches in its work namely, the Paralegal Approach, Human Rights Based Approach to Development Programming (HRBAD), Capabilities Approach, and Practice Advocacy Approach. These approaches support, concretise and enhance all programmatic interventions and advocacy with a focus on Constitutional Implementation, Penal, Judicial and Security Sector Reforms (SSR), Social and Transitional Justice promotion, and peoples participation in governance processes as a key plank of the Kenyan Constitution.