About the local hosting organizationKVDA
About the volunteer workProject overview The Kenya Institute of Organic Farming (KIOF) is an officially registered technical training institution NO. MOHEST/PC/1361 and Non-government organization (NGO). It is situated in Juja off Thika highway, near Ndarugo Motel. KIOF launched its first activities in 1987 The Farmers Training and Extension Programme, which aimed at bringing the awareness of the challenges associated with conventional chemical farming (fertilizers and pesticides) The advantages of environmentally sound-farming methods, appropriate to small-scale farmers led to widespread public interest in the programme. Numerous requests were received from development organizations in Eastern Africa for training in organic farming. -- PROJECT ACTIVITIES TYPE OF WORK CAMP: AGRI Volunteers will work for six hours daily from Monday to Friday. They will work together with the local community members on the following activities: Manual work and Intercultural activities: ï‚· Volunteers will be assigned tasks to work on the farm and this will include office and field work. THEME: ORGANIC FARMING PRINCIPLES ï‚· Organic farming is based on mixed farming principles. Experiences show that mixed farming practices lead to better food and income stability. It does not exclude the cash crop but it puts it in the right place. ï‚· The cash crop can become part of the farm's crop rotation which puts emphasis on diversity of crops thereby raising the ecological balance of the farm. It provides a more complete diet for the family. Diversity in production means less risk, and better food and health within the farm.
Local accommodationACCOMMODATION AND MEALS ï‚· Volunteers will stay in the institute's dormitories that are shared with the students and there is electricity and water connection to the institute. Volunteers have an obligation to climb down the level of the people with the aim of exposure to development challenges. ï‚· KVDA will provide foodstuffs and volunteers will cook their own meals in turns. Water is available from springs and it is recommended that drinking water should be boiled or medicated. Mineral water available at supermarkets is also recommended. The Government policy to install ICT in primary schools has seen connectivity to the national power grid for most educational institutions in Kenya and this makes it easy for volunteers to use electric appliances while at the project. ï‚· Furthermore, we invite you to bring typical food, spices, drinks, games and music from your country (for an intercultural evening) and a lot of motivation!
About the project locationLocation: Kiambu county, Central Kenya. Project overview The Kenya Institute of Organic Farming (KIOF) is an officially registered technical training institution NO. MOHEST/PC/1361 and Non-government organization (NGO). It is situated in Juja off Thika highway, near Ndarugo Motel.
Extra info about the projectExtra fee to pay on arrival at the camp : 300 €