Help our community organisation in the Mathare Slums, Nairobi, Kenya

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  • Last activity: 6 Jun 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description



    I am Jack, Mathare Slums community leader and coordinator of our programs with the organization. I will be responding to all your inquiries: emails, given the fact that I have a mobile data internet connection and giving my best service to your satisfaction any moment.

    Sharing my experience and meeting new friends from across the globe is what I love most. We learn from each other's social-cultural activities and remain human. We always encourage unity in diversity and teamwork in achieving our goals in life. Any visitor who feels the need to know our diverse cultural practices, our languages as most families speak Swahili or English or their native languages I will be ready to help in any way as requested. This can be done either before or during your visits to our place.


    A population of about 500,000 people, Mathare is one of the biggest slums in Nairobi city, Kenya. Slum settlements in the capital are widespread, hosting 60% of Nairobi's entire population.
    People in a slum experience harsh and sad reality: 2,6 million people lack sanitation services, clean water, and a proper sewerage system. Within the slums, entire families survive on less than 1 USD per day and are hardly able to afford one single meal. Most of the slum dwellers live inside 4 square meters units made of iron sheets, where security becomes an issue and fires spread easily during the night. Moreover, such an overcrowded and desperate environment becomes a perfect arena for diseases like HIV, cholera, malaria, etc. In this dark reality, the project brings hope and a future for the most vulnerable dwellers.

    Our Community-based organization is officially established and registered with the Ministry of Gender Sports, Culture and Social Services in 2019. The project dreams of a Nairobi free of slums where its citizens are given equal opportunities and where poverty becomes an issue of the past. In order to design such an ideal future, the organization is currently working in the field by empowering women and youth which are to be considered the driving force of the change.

    Our current projects:
    Tailoring training project(Women Empowerment) ongoing for women living in Mathare slums to enable them to become more independent and support themselves and their families.
    Advocacy for HIV-AIDS women. We visit women in families to support and counsel them. Our main focus is to erase the stigma around HIV/AIDS, which hinders the affected person from living a proactive social life.
    Among these current projects, we are wishing to expand, make our community bigger and help even more people in Mathare slum. That's why with excitement we are looking for people who would be able to help, bring new ideas to our community so we can work together, share experiences and grow together.

    To build a Community Resource Center.
    We would love to improve access to information on socio-economic and environmental development through the use of Community Resource Center and its six corners:
    I) Tailoring training project to empower women.
    II) Baby care services.
    III) Education and ICT Training Hub.
    IV) Bakery- Slums Bakery as a source of income-generating activity.
    V) Safe space for counseling
    VI) Computer Programming/coding for slum youth.

    *We are looking for Volunteers, Donors, Organizations, Foundations, and well-wishers who will enable us to develop and initiate community empowerment programs within our slums by planting a seed of hope to the larger community.

    *We are looking for grants for individual or family income-generating activities that are appropriate in emergency or post-conflict situations to help families rebuild their lives in our community.
    **Feel free to contact us via email, ask questions. Visit our website and social media accounts for further guidance and inquiry for any project you feel good to support. Feel welcome.

    Lets connect !!!

    Together we can.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Elderly Companionship
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural interaction is embodied in a wider realm of human integration and development. We embrace unity in our diversity.
    First of all, volunteers experience a different way of living and reality in Kenya, especially in slums. Aside from slums, Nairobi is also a big city so volunteers can go to the city and experience the diversity of people's lives compared to the poor and rich. During this period, volunteers can learn the mixed cultural orientation in our society, learn how to cook our traditional foods, traditional folk songs, and dancing techniques. Learning our way of life, interacting with our people, learning new languages. Our rich, robust history and resilience of our people. You will have an opportunity to interact with our people, ask questions.

    We shall have open discussions and various historical site visits: Nairobi animal orphanage, Crocodile villa in the city, Bomas of Kenya, Kenya game reserves, fishing in Lake Victoria, and Maasai Mara game reserve. We endeavor to have a peer-to-peer approach in promoting our cultural practices. Our visitors will be exposed to Luo cultural practices, visit Bomas of Kenya, our rural home, and see the flora and fauna Kenya offers.

    Volunteers will have a chance to have a second family, basic knowledge of our native language, develop rich interpersonal skills, and possibly think of future research on our hidden treasure within our traditional practices.
    Social interaction with our kids will open a new world to our volunteers.

    4. Help

    All Volunteers are free to come throughout the year as individual(s), couple(s), or team.
    We know that in this pandemic time it can be difficult to travel so we also kindly accept online/remote volunteering.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help



    Volunteers will be at liberty to choose projects that suit their interests with us. However, we expect our volunteers to spearhead the following key areas:

    1. Social media manager - we need a person who could make our organization more visible on social media. Posting photos, videos, writing articles, using other social media platforms besides Facebook and Instagram. Sharing our community life's happy moments and hardships with the world. We are open to new ideas and growth!

    2. Searching for funds, writing projects - Due to scarcity of skills and knowledge on projects and finding funds, we would be grateful to have our guest assistance if possible to enable us to make our dream true.

    3. Website and content manager- our responsive website requires a content and quality assessment manager, volunteering in this area can be an important component for our organization.

    4. Video shooting, making, and editing or photography skills to grow on social media, it's important to show people what we do on social media with quality content.

    5. Volunteering in Anaweza education center in Mathare slum- this kindergarten type center where children (2-6 age) from Mathare slum attends. Together with teachers, interacting with children, playing, teaching English, basic knowledge.

    6. If you have some hobbies, things you like and want to share with us and our community, or just want to help - write to us, we will be happy to hear from you. If you are a good IT person, social worker, nurse, doctor, philanthropist with all genres of expertise and experience, feel welcome. We don't discriminate, embrace our talents, and Earnest our potentials. Our slogan - Together we can.

    7. Our organization in Mathare slum lacks many resources. If you have some used laptops, iPads, phones, video cameras, clothes as a gift for our children in schools.
    Having additional modern Juki- sewing machines, equipment for our tailoring project would help for our tailoring project- helping more vulnerable women in Mathare slum gain sewing knowledge.


    1. We welcome all. On arrival, kindly let us know your Mission, Vision, and expectation that made you apply for our organization. We shall be grateful.

    2. Kindly ask for the project(s) you applied for with a mission to offer assistance so that we know your interest in quality service delivery during your stay. In case you didn't choose any project, feel free to choose on arrival, a project that would be of great interest to you. You will be free to initiate any project you deem fit in collaboration/partnership with our local organization.

    3. As team members, we encourage our volunteers to give their best. You will be free to give your best, wholeheartedly with no supervision. We shall only offer assistance when you request at any moment of your stay.

    4. We need anybody who can be able to give a positive life to our youth, women, and elderly.

    Welcome ALL.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Luo: Fluent
    French: Beginner
    Latin: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers can stay in the host's flat: volunteers will have one room, bathroom and kitchen shared. We charge 5 dollars per day for accommodation. From host's house to Organization office space in Mathare slums is a distance of about 20 minutes from host location, you will take a public bus that can cost 2 dollars per day at most or less.
    As for the food and drinkable water, volunteers plus the host share costs.Our guest on request for a special diet calendar, we provide alternative for guest to have their desired package prepared under their supervision and desire through his/her budget plan.

    volunteers are free to prepare their own meals at their own convinience. we value once interest and choice but encourage a learning culture from other. we would love to know how they also prepare some of the dishes.

    We advice our volunteers to carry along person need items such as toothpaste, soaps, personal first Aid Kits and other person essentials.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Volunteer can play with kids during their free time. We encourage trekking and tour of our community will the help of our members guide. Volunteers shall be at liberty to chose the best model. Readily and available mode of transport is public transport system and motorbike rides.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 763816416356

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