We are a community-based organisation that empowers marginalised community participants from the second biggest group of slums in Kenya, the Mathare slums. We provide them with practical skills for sustainable development.
We are looking for volunteers to help children with their literacy skills, IT, fundraising, or any other form of volunteering that will help empower the lives of the less fortunate.
We also provide language classes, teaching you Kiswahili.
We are looking for volunteers with a good following on social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.) to help us with fundraising and web development.
Old or new books, toys, training materials.
Oasis Mathare (OM) is a community-based organisation that empowers marginalised youths and children from the Mathare slums in Nairobi, Kenya. We provide a library service, where children can come and do their studies away from home, where they face challenges such as lack of electricity. Our centre acts as a space where youths and women can learn ICT and practical entrepreneurial skills for sustainable living. Inside is also a toy centre, where children are able to come and play with toys designed for early childhood.
One of the great contributions to the huge poverty level in Mathare is the high unemployment rate, which is fed by the high illiteracy level. Most of the youth in Mathare do not complete their formal education, whereas the majority of those who do graduate do not pass at a high level. This is due to the challenges that they face while learning, such as frequent interruptions, lack of funds, lack of learning materials and quiet places to study, and a lack of mentorship and entrepreneurial skills. OM provides practical solutions to help reduce illiteracy and poverty in Mathare, using different approaches all based on a deep understanding of the challenges that affect youths and women in Mathare.