Mission: Village Volunteers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works in partnership with rural village and capacity-building programs to support the development of sustainable solutions for community survival, education, and growth.
Results: Since 2003, Village Volunteers has grown from a consortium of four community-based organizations in Kenya to 24 partner programs in Ghana, India, Nepal, and Belize. With the support of volunteers and donors around the world, Village Volunteers has: - Built classrooms, dormitories, clinics, libraries and resources centers. - Built a ceramic water filter plant in a village in Kenya that is locally owned and managed that makes 10,000 to 12,000 water filters a year. - Provided tuition for a student who graduated from medical school who will be opening up clinics in under-served villages near Mt. Elgon. - Provided 14 young women with college scholarships to be educated as nurses or teachers. Supported hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children through youth sponsorships. - Supported the founding and ongoing development of Youth Outreach Mentors (YOM) and the Environmental Youth Action Corps (EYAC): youth groups that educate and inspire members to share what they have learned in village communities. - Started Kick it With Kenya, a youth soccer tournament and leadership conference that provides healthcare services to impoverished communities and participants annually. - Supported hundreds of trainings in bio-intensive farming methods, workshops in briquetting, solar cooking, etc. - Developed tree nurseries and demonstration gardens using bio-intensive farming methods. - Provided bicycles to be used as couriers for medical supplies and a host of other necessities for a Masaai community, and set up a bicycle repair business for a youth group.
Target demographics: Village Volunteers does not believe in simply giving aid but partnering with stakeholders who work towards self-sufficiency in rural villages through projects that foster economic and educational opportunities, food security, improved health conditions, public health awareness and support for vulnerable children.
Geographic areas served: Kenya, Ghana, India, Nepal & Belize
Programs: - Micro Enterprise Development: supporting self-sufficiency and technical assistance. - The Environmental Youth Action Corps: Local advocates for a healthy future. - The Butterfly Project: Creating a brighter future for young women and their communities. - Feed Villages Sustainable Agriculture: A model for health, practical and sustainable agricultural techniques. - Youth Outreach Mentors: Empower, Inspire, Educate. - Kick it with Kenya: Promoting youth health awareness, leadership and empowerment through soccer. - Orphan & Vulnerable Child Support: Providing nurturing support to orphans and vulnerable children. - Ceramic Water Filter Program: Providing clean water with locally made and resourced water filters.