VolunteerKe, Tunza Project
Date grant awarded: 1/27/2017
When the young women leaders of VolunteerKe tried to find a way for young people and students to participate in community-based volunteer efforts, they struggled to find meaningful opportunities. Not the type of people to give up, they decided to create their own solution! The 5 co-founders came together and have identified opportunities for young people to get involved and begin their volunteer journey!
East Africa Team Member Miriam Wambui met the young women at a conference and was amazed by their vision. She is working with them to produce a pilot program named ‘Tunza’, the Swahili word for ‘care for’. Based in a children’s home in Nairobi, Kenya that is low on resources, the project involves helping volunteers solve the issues faced by the underresourced and much needed home.
Building a culture of volunteerism, the organization will help young people come in and design new systems for the home to reduce or nullify their full reliability on charity and well-wishers. At the end of the project, the team will have carried out full transformation of the home with colors, paintings and re-organised spaces to provide a comfortable feel to this house while having built the skills of the young people in the program.