Why Take the Challenge

Women do most of the domestic work in Kenya – they walk long distances to carry water and fetch firewood. They take care of their families, ensuring that everyone around them stays safe and healthy.

Still, they are the least appreciated.

The Strong Woman Challenge is a fun, active, and practical way to tackle this injustice to our women.


Challenge Packages

ContributionPackage of Benefits
KES 1,000 (beneficiaries: 1 Woman)
  • Receive the 21 day challenge work out sessions
  • Receive 21-day food plan
  • Support 1 strong woman to start a livelihood project
  • Volunteering opportunities in AAK projects
KES 1,000 Monthly Contribution (Beneficiaries: 12 Women)
  • Receive the 21 day challenge work out sessions
  • Receive 21 day food plan
  • Support 12 strong women to start livelihood projects
  • Volunteering opportunities in AAK projects
  • Receive regular updates on AAK programs
  • Opportunity to participate in Action Aid Kenya programs
KES. 50,000 for the Group Challenge (Beneficiaries: 50 Women)
  • Receive the 21 day challenge work out sessions per member
  • Receive 21-day food plan per member
  • Contributing to a farmer field school benefiting 10 women to start a livelihood program
  • Volunteering opportunities in Action Aid Kenya projects
  • Project visit
  • Opportunity to participate in Action Aid Kenya programs

Join the Challenge.

Contribute KSh 1,000 to join the challenge!
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Dr. Fitness

Dr. Esther Dindi is a medical doctor with a passion for fitness. She gives corporate wellness programs, personal training, and classes on weight management to groups and individuals, nutrition and wellness coaching. Through combining the experience from years as a consultant physician and hands-on training on fitness to custom make programs to help individuals to achieve their fitness goals.

She begun a fitness group called Fitsistaz Kenya, as a forum to inspire women in the fitness journey. They have two major challenges every year, the #FitRevolution challenge that culminates in a fashion show for the group members and the #TumboCut2018 challenge that ends with a photoshoot in December. The challenges aim at helping members to achieve their fitness goals.

Esther Dindi has a Social Media following as Dr.Fitness on Facebook 52,053, Instagram 10,300 and Fitsistaz Kenya Group on Facebook with 24,000 members.

ActionAid Kenya will be launching a fundraising campaign in June, dubbed #StrongWomanChallenge which aims to celebrate and raise funds for strong women living in poverty and exclusion in Kenya and fighting for their rights by leading change to end poverty – empowering them to be recognized and treated as the strong women in their communities.

Dr. Esther Dindi is the campaign ambassador for the Strong Women Challenge, she is onboard as a strong woman to provide:

21 day work out, simple routines for the campaign participants and audience in her networks and social media.

Creating a food plan to be shared with the campaign participants

Supporting us to raise funds towards the campaign


Facebook: @DrFitness

Instagram: @dr_fitness_kenya



The Women

Wangu Kanja

Meet the woman who survived rape to become a community hero:

Everyone in Mukuru knows Wangu. A few years ago, her life changed forever when she was carjacked, robbed and raped at gunpoint by several men in Nairobi. Not only did she have to deal with the trauma of the assault, but the police didn’t take her seriously when she tried to report it. So her attackers were never brought to justice. Wangu hit rock bottom. “When I set out I did not anticipate to be a human rights defender.” But she eventually found some counseling and started to heal. And that’s when she decided to use her experience to help other women going through the same thing.

How Wangu turned personal tragedy into triumph

With ActionAid’s support, Wangu set up a free text helpline in Mukuru slum offering immediate, confidential support for survivors of violence. She recruited a team of local community volunteers to run the helpline. Rape, attempted rape, and domestic violence are the most common cases they see because Mukuru has one of the highest rates of violence against women and girls in all of Kenya.

“We are trained to change the conversation from statistics to even one case is one case too many.” So a big part of Wangu’s work is making sure that survivors have proper access to medical treatment, counseling, and legal advice. They’ve handled 500 cases so far. Many have led to convictions.

Reaching out to the local community and beyond

As Wangu knows from her own experience, survivors of violence are often afraid to speak out because of stigma, because they don’t know their legal rights, and because they don’t trust the police.  “For people who do not understand sexual violence, it takes and robs away the dignity of a person.”

So Wangu and her team of volunteers work with local community radio to promote and publicise the helpline. They’ve built links with the local hospitals, police station and legal advisers. Through Wangu’s own Foundation, she’s also helping women set up their own businesses, so they can earn a living and be independent.

Helping turn survivors to change makers

Wangu is determined to knock down the barriers and the shame that many women feel that might stop them reporting violence – and ensuring the legal system doesn’t let them down.

She has big plans for the helpline – she wants to expand it across Kenya.

“We will equip women who are survivors of sexual violence to be advocates of change.”


ActionAid Kenya

ActionAid Kenya is a non-partisan, non-religious development organisation that has been working in Kenya since 1972 to end poverty and injustices. ActionAid Kenya is among the leading anti-poverty agencies working directly with over one million poor and excluded people in over 14 counties in Kenya.

We have over 40 years of knowledge and experience working with poor communities, and yet every day we are learning the solutions from the people we work with.

ActionAid Kenya is un-apologetic in Advancing Women’s Rights and ensuring that Women Living in Poverty and Exclusion are at the centre of our work in Kenya. We commit to work with Women, Children and Youth to claim and realize their constitutional rights through working within three main pillars; empowerment, solidarity, and campaigning.