We are a community based organisation that seek to facilitate accelerated adoption of innovative approaches and practices among marginalized communities for sustainable development
Imarisha is a Kiswahili word meaning strengthen or make it better. Imarisha C.B.O was registered in the year 2015. Our objectives are to increase communities’ participation in governance and sustainable development, to contribute to environmental conservation, climate change mitigation and natural resources management and to improve communities’ access to health services. The organization works with grassroots women, men and youth groups to sharpen community engagement and development discourse. Majorly, the organization targets the marginalized in the society and work towards establishing innovative and sustainable enterprises for their empowerment.
Our program offers hands on, meaningful way for you to get involved and directly in waste management and environmental programs, agriculture programs and vulnerable children support programs. The job as a volunteer is to support in the various programs depending on the volunteer set of skills and areas of interest. If you have an idea in which area you would like to volunteer you can also let us know and we will see if such an opportunity is available. We believe that volunteers should have a well balanced work and leisure schedule. This means you will only be required to work 5 days per week (Monday to Friday) for a maximum of 6 hours per day. For the remaining time, volunteers are free to enjoy the vacationing aspects of your trip. They can visit the local markets and nearby shopping centers or simply do your laundry. Nyeri County is home to the Aberdares and Mt. Kenya and hosts various national parks. It also offers great scenery in viewing Mt. Kenya. Nyeri people are genuinely welcoming to all travelers and are eager to make new friends and make everyone feel welcome.
We organize volunteer placements on regular basis, making arrangements for an orientation course, accommodation, ground transport and other activities. Our volunteer placements are open to people of all ages and backgrounds, regardless of nationality or qualifications. We offer various volunteer opportunities even within the nearby community projects throughout the year. Clean and Neat bedrooms, three Kenyan meals provided per day. We anticipate and encourage volunteer’s desire for travel and adventure. Volunteer’s time away from volunteering is open for you to decide your activities. You may decide to take advantage of the local culture and spend time within the community over the weekend. Otherwise, there is ample opportunity to explore Kenya and all it has to offer. Mt. Kenya, Aberdares just to mention a few are fantastic sites for your visit. Kenya is incredibly beautiful and full of fun activities in which you can take part. It is also conveniently located to beaches and other tourist-friendly areas.
Program fee is paid before arrival. The current prices are $ 240 for the one week, $ 400 for 2 weeks, $600 for 3 Weeks and $ 700 for a month. The price for 2 months is $1,200 and $1800 for 3 months.The first month is more as it incurs extra one-time costs, such as the airport transfers and the orientation transportation and tours on the first three days of arrival.
We require volunteers to support us in the areas listed
The organization has three main programs namely governance, Environment and Natural Resources Management (ENRM) and health. On governance, Imarisha CBO addresses these processes in community empowerment and research to help the public sector develop and use informed best practices. The organization provides means to engage individual citizens, the public and organized stakeholders in the work of government. Under ENRM, Imarisha CBO targets smallholder farmers with small parcels of land seeking to build their capacities along the value chain. Our projects aimed at strengthening partnerships among stakeholders in the agriculture value chains aimed at increasing profits by the small holder farmers. The organization is also involved in the renewable energy sector aiming at providing clean cooking solutions to communities, addressing desertification and reducing green house gases emissions.