My name is Emily, I am married, and a mother. I am a social entrepreneur, and passionate about community development, I have worked in the NGO sector, various departments in both local and international organizations. I am the Director, of the Initiative. The organization was established in 2015 and registered in 2016. The aim of establishing this group was to create a platform whereby victims of gender based violence would meet to share their experience as well as support each other. Since inception, the Initiative has carried out various activities within the community, with the objective of advancing women and Girl’s social, economic and civic rights. The organization has good relationship with the community thus established proper community networks.
Help with Eco Projects
Help with Computers/ Internet
They will be able to learn local language, how to do local foods, way of dressing and even do the Aturkan beads and products.
Over the weekends or at their free time, volunteers can visit local excellent tourism attractions such as lake Turkana, game parks, museum, cultural sites, entertainment spots, mountains, beach or going for a safari within the county assisted by experienced field officer and a tour company which offers excellent and affordable tourism services.
Micro Credit Project
Since the launch of this program mid-2020, and the subsequent implementation, the project has recorded positive impact with a majority of the beneficiaries improving their living standards. We started the required training, on basic business skills, table banking, self-awareness and their rights. At the end of the training, the 20 members were divided into 4 small groups for easy coordination then each beneficiary was provided with a non-collateral micro-loan to help boast their small business. We started with 5 members because of the limited funds, this year we have added on another 10 members who have been provided with a non-collateral micro-loan of $50. Half of the members have finished their repayment and have even taken a bigger loan against their saving.
This program is positively impacting on the lives of this women as we have heard positive stories from a majority of the beneficiaries. So far we have a total 15 active members on the program. We anticipate Imarisha microcredit project will result in a well-structured financial Institution (Sacco) that will offer non collateral micro-loans to more local marginalized women, training programs, capacity building and development of business skills.
Reproductive and Developmental Health _school based project
The program focuses on menstrual hygiene management, sexual reproductive health education. Our peer educators facilitate monthly mentorship sessions for over 500 adolescents girls at 3 local schools since the start of the program in 2019. The project is designed in manner that we adequately equip peer educators with adequate information and skills on sex & reproductive health, HIV & AIDS and leadership during the training forums and workshops. This enable the peer educators to pass accurate & correct information to over 500 local marginalized girls benefitting from this project. Over 300 girls under the project have improve their knowledge on sex & reproductive Health, HIV & AIDS and leadership thus taking control of their lives. We have witnessed reduced teenage pregnancies, improved school attendance among our girls thus improved academic performance. The project has enabled 27 girls from our partner primary schools to transition to county high schools.
Volunteers plays and integral part in these programs and, therefore, they are requested to help as follows:
1.Facilitating business training and financial literacy
2.Field visits, data collection & analyzing
5.Facilitating mentorship sessions regarding reproductive and developmental health for young girls.
The volunteers shall be asked stay with the host family privately accommodation in the community. They will have access to three healthy local meals, furnished bedding facilities by the host. You are requested to stay in the community at least 2 weeks to be impactful to the project as they learn our culture and enjoy tourism attraction in the county.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week