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 with regional offices in, Kapenguria, West Pokot County and Isiolo County.
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 supported 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 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 2014 to 2018 with four (4) thematic areas; Administration of Justice Programme, Governance and Development Programme, Multiple Justice Program and Haki Institute Programme. 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.