Come to the beautiful Mfangano Island to help out on our organic farm and uplift the community, Kenya



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    I am John, Christian born again,married to Rosebella,we have two sons and a girlfriend's I live in Nyakweri Village in Mfangano Island Ward, mbita sub county , homabay county ,Kenya.

    Me and my family own a big piece of land on Mfangano Island. We do organic farming to sustain ourselves, which means almost all the food we eat we grow ourselves. So the main area volunteers can contribute to is farming,building of a backpackers guest house through their innovative ideas that are rich for the Island. There are some good trees that are very indigenous and looks so cool to live by and But other than that we welcome volunteers to visit our community and give innovative ideas and bring their own knowledge, expertise and experience to uplift the community. For example previous volunteers have notices the lack of environmental awereness amongst the inhabitants of the Island. Plastic is being thrown on the ground and chemical soap is used to wash in the stream and the lake. This will harm the beautiful environment we live in. So if volunteers want they are welcome to come with solutions, for example making our own organic soap. Other than that there are many more areas in which volunteers can contribute. We are open to new ideas!

    Another idea that previous volunteers have brought is the building of a guesthouse/backpacker on our land. So as from anytime we call for support in realizing the start of this project. Any help to start up is more than welcome!

    We love to host both female and male at our home,and set the volunteer free to cook with us in our kitchen and really to teach cooking skills to interested party.We give room for visitation to other areas,see animals,caves with human remains,swim in the lake ,play games,and practice cultural dances, visit museum and possible attend community gatherings.

    Mfangano Island is subjected to large water body and has some other Island that surrounds it,Since Fishing and Cultivation are the major activities in the Island,men and women were subjected to sexual practices that has resulted to HIV AIDS leaving more orphans and widows and vulnerable children in the community,

    volunteers are not forced to work when they feel unwell, we are always sensitive to health issues for we luck proper health facility, therefore they can carry some medicine in case of any fever and some money for advanced medication.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    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

    through exchange ;knowledge, ideas ,technology,networking.Upon visitation they will,
    visit suba museum
    visit caves
    see monkeys
    tour the Island
    practice swimming
    eat fruits and great from the lake
    see Mfangano tourist Lodge and the rock

  • Help


    Since Agriculture has been viewed as act that does not pay back,I find it that through teaching,exchange if skills and knowledge ,technology and networking is the key to fight food insecurity for sustainable food production and development.

    Volunteers work will depend upon there choice ,if they choose to work in the organic farm,they will weed, plant seeds, prune plants, dig,help in fence repair.they can also help is construction of kitchen coop and goat and cows cage. They can start up environmental awareness projects. They can initiate project to help vulnerable children, orphans and widows in the community .some will educate the community on hygiene and sanitation, training women groups and see way of bringing community together through tournament and boat paddling competition.we together can organize Jesus film cinema as a means of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to people.

    From abroad to Nairobi, from Nairobi Kenya can take fly to Kisumu International Airport, then take vehicle to Mbita through road,from Mbita to Nyakweri Village you can choose either ,ferry,water bus and engine boat .it's through water.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Luo: Fluent
    Swahili (Kiswahili): Fluent

  • Accommodation


    As host I have to provide accommodation anytime volunteer comes around.we accommodate volunteer in our house and expect to share the table with the rest of the family, they are free to choose to cook for themselves. no charges for accommodation but they can carry sleeping bags at there wish if they may not feel comfortable with what we have locally.

    You can wash yourself either in the nearby stream or the lake. So far volunteers have really enjoyed that. It is prefered that you carry organic soap. Although the locals don't use it you can set the good example.

    If you happen to have a solar panel carry to help the family in energy and lightening so that they don't in hail the dangerous smoke of paraffin that cause cancer,water filters are also necessary in the community for filtration to avoid stomach problems and typhoid, charger or a power bank please bring it since there is not a lot of electricity around. But don't worry if you don't have it because we will be able to charge it with our own solar panels or in the village.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The live of the volunteer are secured both phisycally and spiritual,they can extend in preaching,train sustainable development projects for the community.,in traveling fares are upon the volunteer

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week (no food)

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