Kenya Voluntary Development Association
KVDA is an indigenous, non-political and membership organization which is non-sectarian and non-profit making started in 1962 as a work camp organization registered under the Societies’ Act. In 1993, KVDA was registered as a Non-Governmental organization by the establishment of the NGOs Coordination Act.
Vision Statement of KVDA: KVDA envisions a more peaceful and connected world through voluntary international service.
Mission Statement of KVDA: The mission of KVDA is to promote peace, and understanding through international volunteerism combined with locally-driven, sustainable development. We believe that powerful personal and global change happens when people work together, build cross-cultural friendships, and mobilize their resources to support development against dependence.
Core Values or Operating Principles
- Promotion of voluntarism.
- Transparency and accountability.
- Participatory evaluation of projects.
- Local community ownership of projects:
- Continuous research and development.
- Regular follow up of projects.
- A learning organization.
- Documentary evidence of processes and events.
- Afford voluntary service opportunities to young people.
- Mobilize communities to action.
- Supplement formal education with experiential learning.
- Create awareness amongst Kenyan communities about development issues.
- Foster global peace, friendship and understanding.
- Mobilizing all-purpose resources to promote grassroots development.
Products and Services
- International Work camps
- National Workcamps and expeditions
- Medium and long-term volunteers’ Placement
- Outbound voluntary service exchange program
- Erasmus Plus Program funded by the European Commission
- Educational tours.
- Development education and empowerment of communities.
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
- Enterprise Development Training.
- Languages teaching i.e. Kiswahili and English
- Inter-cultural education and use of forum theatre and non-formal education to enhance cultural diversity
- Conferences and hospitality facilities
- Mr. Africa Study Chambers Construction
KVDA has a 54-year history of working to “develop against dependence” while cultivating trust and friendships with volunteers and partner organizations all over the world. The three mandates of the organization are as follows:
■ The Association shall be a non-profit, non-governmental, non-religious and non-political Association, whose inspiration is the furtherance of peace, friendship, understanding, development, democracy and equality among peoples of different cultures and backgrounds.
■ The Association is dedicated to seeking opportunities for young men and women from diverse national, cultural and educational backgrounds to live, work and share life and experiences in order to improve their world, to provide voluntary services to marginalized communities, to acquire alternative education, to gather information and build international cooperation.
■ The Association is further dedicated to mobilizing resources within and across national borders to support community development initiatives whose aims are to eradicate poverty and human suffering as well as to promote democracy and justice among peoples.
International Partnerships - KVDA has a long history of successfully partnering with organizations around the world to deliver programs. Successful recent partnerships include CCIVS, successfully implemented 6 Erasmus+ projects funded by the European commission, Implemented Germany Government funded program program “Weltwaerts”, worked with Lunaria Italy on series of EU bilateral projects, and in partnership with the Dobrudzha Agricultural and Business School in Bulgaria implemented Climate change project under Youth in Action program of the EU. KVDA served on the Executive Committee of the Coordinating Committee of International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) based in Paris France from 2004 and 2012. This history of successfully partnering and assuming a leadership position with international organizations demonstrates KVDA’s aptitude for working cross culturally.
Network of Past Volunteers - KVDA has worked with thousands of international and Kenyan volunteers over the years since inception in 1962.
- Communities are aware, mobilized resources and taken responsibility of their own development.
- Young people have access to experiential education by offering voluntary service
Overview on voluntarism and KVDA development cooperation history
The concept of work camps began as an international movement in 1920, dedicated to a positive and creative effort to erase the hatred and fears created by the First World War.
The good work and success of the camps in the subsequent years enabled the movement to spread worldwide. In Kenya, the first work camp was organized in 1956 with the support of the British and American Quakers. Subsequently, several other camps were held and in May 1962, the Kenya Voluntary Workcamps Association was formed to carry on the mandate.
The name changed to Kenya Voluntary Development Association in 1969 to widen the scope, diversify operations in the entire development spectrum with international voluntary service exchange as the core-competence of the Association.
It is important to note that the founder of KVDA, the late Cephas Mufanawo Munanairi (Popularly known as Mr. Africa) was a key Pan-African hero who hailed from Zimbabwe and came to Kenya at the height of colonial oppression in his motherland. He was inspired to join ranks with fellow like-minded people to establish an organization that would champion the cause for social justice and the idea of volunteering was captured to enable the world to appreciate its uniqueness and complementary obligations.
Since our founding, KVDA has carried on this legacy. As 2017 gains momentum, the Kenya Voluntary Development Association (KVDA) celebrates its 55th year of community oriented volunteer work and development. Over the years, hundreds of Kenyan and International volunteers have come together in solidarity and friendship to mobilize resources and benefit sustainable community development
Past projects and events
- Constructed a water tank at Ole Sankale Primary School in Narok district in conjunction with Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 2001
- Renovation of Nyamaranya Primary School in Isebania, Kuria district in conjunction with the Kenya Charity Sweepstake in 2002
- Constructed Nzinia Community dispensary in Tulia, Kitui district in 2002
- Collaborated with Kuria Child and family program in Isebania in Migori county on Girl Child Education in 2002
- Facilitated participation of the youth in Poverty Reduction Strategies through the Youth Thematic Group in 2002/3
- Organized international work camps at Kakuma Refugees camp in Turkana district in collaboration with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) where volunteers worked with UN agencies to address the plight of refugees in 2002 and 2004
- Improvement of Kirasha Rescue center in Kiambu through Medium and Long-term voluntary service program from 2001-2007
- Hosted the 29th General Assembly and conference of the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) in Nairobi attended by over 100 member organizations globally in November 2004
- In partnership with Nairobi Peace Initiative (NPI-Africa) and World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), organized a training workshop and work camp for the great lakes region on peace building and conflict transformation in Nairobi and Kuria/Transmara districts respectively in August 2005
- Improvement of Epang’a Primary School infrastructure through short-term and long-term volunteers from 2006-2009
- Participated in tree planting ceremony at Westlands Primary School and sustainable clean up of the Nairobi rivers under the umbrella of Voluntary Associations Consortium of Kenya (VASCO) in December 2006
- In 2007 re-elected into the Executive committee of CCIVS and the Executive Director elected as the CCIVS Vice President in charge of capacity building and Quality Improvement during the CCIVS General Assembly held in Ukraine.
- In 2008 partnered with IJGD-Germany and SCI-Germany in implementing the “weltwaerts” one-year volunteer placement program; Germany Government sponsored program with over 20 volunteers deployed to projects for the duration of one year.
- In January-February 2009 hosted in Nairobi-Kenya Euro-Africa seminar on “culture meets concepts” organized by CCIVS and sponsored by European Union.
- Hosted European Volunteer Serving on arrival training in Kenya for participants for UPA-Uganda and KVDA in Kenya in September 2010 courtesy of CCIVS.
- In 2010 re-elected into the Executive committee of CCIVS and the Executive Director elected as the CCIVS Vice President in charge of Quality Improvement during the CCIVS General Assembly held in Barcelona, Spain.
- In 2014/15: In partnership with Lunaria Italy, Concordia France, Grenzenlos-Austria, UPA-Uganda and TYCEN-Tanzania implemented a one year women empowerment program under the Erasmus plus European commission sponsored program
- In 2015/16: In partnership with PiNA-Slovenia, TYCEN-Tanzania, CAPEC-Cameroon, Lindenberg-Netherlands and CESIE-Italy, implemented a gender empowerment program through the use of multimedia methodology for the duration of 1 ½ years under the Erasmus plus European commission sponsored program
- 2008-2016: Hosted bilateral workcamps with volunteers from NICE-Japan deployed to Epang’a Primary School and Essumba Primary School
- 2014/16: Hosted bilateral workcamps in Partnership with Exchange Scotland
- In partnership with Informa-Giovanni-Italy, LA Rotllana-Spain, SVI-Belgium, VOLTRA-Hong Kong and SJ-Vietnam implemented a capacity building program on gender empowerment under the Erasmus plus program financed by the Erasmus plus Program.
- In 2017 in partnership with CCIVS, participated in the stakeholders’ forum in France to launch the 2-year Erasmus plus program on Volunteer PATH (Partnerships Actions and Tools for Heritage) involving 25 CCIVS member organizations from Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas