Our Work in Kenya
Moving Mountains Kenya was founded by Gavin Bate in 1991 to support street kids in Nairobi. Today, Moving Mountains Kenya has grown into a large NGO working on a wide variety of projects and initiatives across the country. All of our projects are conducted with the permission and support of local committees, authorities, and experts.
Our current programs in Kenya cover health initiatives, educational programmes, personal development, and social welfare. The volunteer opportunities offered with Moving Mountains Kenya are a unique opportunity to gather a deeper understanding of international development in Africa while experiencing some of the best adventure travel in the region.
Above all else, the programmes at Moving Mountains Kenya are created by the community and for the community. Volunteering in Kenya with Moving Mountains is the chance to experience authentic community development supported by overseas commerce.
Moving Mountains Kenya Board of Directors 2017
Our board of directors reflects the intentions and focus of our NGO. Comprised mainly of Kenyans, we intend to focus our energies on the programmes and initiatives that are of the utmost importance to the communities living in Kenya.
Gilbert Njeru Chairman & Social welfare manager
Joseph Mungai Secretary & Community Health manager
Francis Kioni Treasurer & Construction manager
Serah Wanjiku Member, Education and counselling
Moving Mountains Kenya receives its funding from Moving Mountains UK, the main office of our Moving Mountains programme. The funding is discussed and agreed on a monthly basis.
Educational Initiatives and Capacity Building in Kenya
Moving Mountains runs a wide variety of educational programs and capacity building initiatives across Kenya, from the slums of Nairobi to rural areas in need of development. Currently, Moving Mountains Kenya supports twelve primary schools, 2 secondary schools, the Embu School for Special Needs, a football coaching program for the “Black Cats” team, and various educational support programmes. All of these programmes are run as part of a larger, long-term development plan to encourage sustainable change and growth in our communities in Kenya.
At the primary schools in Kenya, many of which were constructed with funds from Moving Mountains, we provide uniforms, books, stationery, counselling, and mentoring for select students.
For secondary schools, Moving Mountains is able to cover school fees, transport, books, uniforms, stationery, mentoring, and counselling for select students.
Additionally, Moving Mountains supports the building or refurbishing of classrooms; construction of toilets, water tanks, and wells; funding of teaching resources such as musical instruments, sports supplies, books, and arts & crafts supplies; and the salaries of teachers to cover extra-curricular classes.
Students supported by Moving Mountains must meet the criteria of our Educational Support Policy. This dictates that our students must come from disadvantaged or low-income households and that they need to maintain high levels of attendance, good academic performance, and show excellent conduct and commitment to their studies.
Moving Mountains Kenya exists to support the growth and development of the students of Kenya, without falling into the trap of being an NGO that simply gives out handouts.
Personal Development Programmes
Social Welfare Programmes
Moving Mountains Kenya understands that development isn’t a band-aid you can just place over the problems of a country. Instead, development should be a holistic approach to solving these problems. This means working with the community as a whole on long-term sustainable projects. Our social welfare programmes have all been designed with this belief in mind.
These social welfare programmes target a variety of issues in our communities, from early childhood development to infrastructural support. Each program has been developed with the guidance and support of local authorities and committees. Whenever possible, we strive to provide employment to local craftsmen and labourers in the construction and running of these initiatives.
These social welfare programs include:
Our Ulamba Children’s Home and Early Childhood Development School in western Kenya is a safe space for young children to play and grow as they prepare to enter primary school. It also serves as a community centre for all of the children in that community.
The Embu Rescue Center offers a feeding program and various social enterprise projects, supporting street kids in their journey to become contributing members of their society.
Across Kenya, Moving Mountains also offers home and child support in the form of provision of food and rent for families with children in school, counselling, mentoring, and emotional support.
Lastly, Moving Mountains Kenya supports the building and maintenance of community infrastructure. At Solio Village, in central Kenya, Moving Mountains has supported the construction of schools, housing, and health facilities in seven villages in the area. Solio is one of Moving Mountain’s proudest success stories. It was once a refugee region populated only by tents. With our support, Solio is transforming into a thriving community. Read more about our success in Solio here.
Throughout Kenya, Moving Mountains provides support building water tanks, wells, and pipelines, installs plumbing and sanitation facilities, clean water tanks, and eco-friendly cooking stoves.
Moving Mountains Kenya is proud to support the development of health clinics and public health initiatives across Kenya. We constantly work with local communities and authorities to meet their health needs and increase awareness and understanding of public health issues and best practices.
Across Kenya, Moving Mountains works in a variety of health areas, improving infrastructure and building the capacity of healthcare professionals. In Kibera, one of the largest slums in Nairobi, we have built the Ushirika Clinic, offering front-line healthcare to a disadvantaged community. We also support the Dophil Clinic and Maternity Ward, a lifesaving clinic in the rural and remote Siaya region of Kenya. Building and renovating clinics is one of our main health initiatives across the country.
Additionally, Moving Mountains improves facilities and installs new and updated medical equipment at hospitals and other medical institutions around the country. In the area of home healthcare, we offer home visits, medicines, and emergency support for sickness and accidents in the rural areas in which we work.
These health initiatives work to bolster the healthcare industry in Kenya and offer much-needed assistance to rural or otherwise disadvantaged communities with little access to conventional healthcare services.
Volunteer in Kenya with Moving Mountains
If you are interested in the work that Moving Mountains is doing in Kenya and want to get involved, we encourage you to join one of our many volunteer and adventure travel trips to Kenya. Whether you want to come as part of a school group, a medical student, or professional skilled volunteer, we have a place that can fit your unique situation.
Our Kenya School Adventure trips are designed for groups of secondary students to get their feet wet in international development while also experiencing perhaps their first international adventure. These programmes place a group of students in one of the villages in Kenya where we work, getting them involved in the building of a school or construction of a clean water tank. After the volunteer work, the group heads off to the wilderness to experience a safari or climb one of Kenya’s mountains. These trips are perfect for teaching students how to become global citizens.
For university students, Moving Mountains hosts the University Trip to Kenya for groups of University students and professors to experiences the realities of international development first hand in Kenya. These trips unite University students with their peers across the globe to facilitate intercultural conversation and forge relationships that cross the boundaries of language and social background. A university trip with Moving Mountains combines volunteer work with outdoor adventures around Kenya and Tanzania.
Our Kenya Medical Camp is designed for medical students looking to gain international experience before they graduate. During this month-long excursion, medical students help Moving Mountains to run a medical camp in a rural area of Kenya that is often without medical care. Students will work under the supervision of a fully qualified medical professional. After the conclusion of the camp, participants can go on to tackle some of Kenya’s mountains or visit the famed Masai Mara Reserve.
For those individuals or groups looking for a more specialized experience, Moving Mountains has individual volunteering programs in Kenya, as well as special expeditions and fundraising opportunities. We constantly need volunteers on the ground to help us collect data, build capacity, and run our NGO more efficiently and transparently. For expeditions, Kenya is a fantastic place to experience wilderness and raw nature. Combine that with a charitable donation to Moving Mountains and get the chance to visit the communities who will benefit most from your fundraising.
To learn more about our programs in Kenya and the various trips and volunteer opportunities available, please explore the windows below.
All our valuable work in Kenya is only possible with the continued support of the Moving Mountains Family around the world. Join us on our mission to promote sustainable development throughout Kenya. Make a donation to Moving Mountains today!