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Help for my community

  • Marker details
  • DescriptionWe are the Rusinga Community Based Organization. We provide local humanitarian support and development of basic needs to a small, but populous island on Lake Victoria, Kenya. We are looking for international partnerships and individual donors to help improve the quality of life, education, and economic stability of our residents.



    We are working towards achieving satisfactory marks and advancement in the United Nations ``Big Four” agenda (food security, affordable health care, affordable housing, local manufacturing). If we can achieve the “Big Four” agenda, we will vastly improve the standard of living and development for thousands of lives on our beautiful and friendly island.
  • LocationKenya, Homa Bay County, Mbita

  • Work
  • Type of work Art project
    Babysitting / Childcare
    Building
    Charity work
    Farmstay
    Gardening
    General maintenance
    Help in the house
    Help with computers / internet
    Help with eco project
    Teaching
  • Hours per day Work four hours per day
  • Work requirements: No requirements
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Send a message to inquire.
  • Duration of stay: Minimum of one week
  • Maximum number of helpers: 20
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English, kiswahili and d
  • Has pets? Dogs and cats
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation:
    You will fully be welcomed into our traditional Kenyan lifestyle. Volunteers share a guest house as the main house, and a private room may be requested depending on the number of volunteers expected. The kitchen and sitting room are shared with the host family, and we provide three home-cooked, authentic Kenyan meals a day which are eaten together with the family members. If you have any special dietary restrictions, please inform us and we will certainly accommodate your needs.
    We provide beds, sheets, blankets, mosquito nets, clean water ( we drink treated rain water, which no volunteers around the island have ever claimed to have an issue with) but bottled water is also available to purchase in shops nearby.
    As in most of rural Kenyan homes, there is no running water on the compound, which means that we use pit latrines and bucket showers to wash. You are welcome to play with our dogs, Mutami and Bosco. Donkeys, chickens and goats run freely on around the grounds of the compound.
    We do not provide internet through Wi-Fi in the compound, but you may buy cheap internet buddles in the next town mbita(closest big town) just over the bridge from the island. You can also find Wi-Fi or internet access in the cafes there, along with almost any store to suit your ne eds. While on Rusinga, we suggest using safaricom SIM cards as they provide the best internet and phone signals across the island, and you purchase more data here on the island in our small shop center (always walkable distance).
    We believe you will love it here on our beautiful, simple, and peaceful island. You will be welcomed by all, and will almost certainly see more smiles and waves from the side of the road than you ever have before.
  • Additional info
  • Any of our visitor can go on walk around the island and sometimes can visit the island schools to share their culture and talk to our students. The organization will keep you as busy as you want, but you will have large amounts of free time. during which you can visit places like
    1)Tom mboya mausoleum (one of the most historic people in kenya who came from rusinga island)
    2)lake victoria and it's islands (takawiri Ngothe, mfangano and mbasa