Fact Sheet

Background

Volunteers for Africa (VFA) is a Non Governmental Organization registered in 2001 in Kenya under the NGO Coordination Act of (1990). VFA operates in Eastern Africa promoting volunteerism for sustainable development amongst poor and rural communities in the region; implementing development projects; and training communities and partners in development methodologies. Since its inception in 2001, VFA has striven to network stakeholders, grassroots organizations and resources within and outside Eastern Africa for sustainable development in the key areas of natural resources conservation, health and social development. VFA is run by a secretariat (Board of Directors) based in Nairobi. VFA implements its programme activities through effective partnership working with community members, groups, organizations and supporters drawn from within Eastern Africa and abroad. VFA has also embraced the concept of development through media in its advocacy campaigns on Environment and Natural Resources Management (ENRM) which has proven a very powerful tool in influencing the populace and policy makers.
Volunteers for Africa’s mission is ‘To transform Africa by promoting volunteerism, advocacy and partnerships in our abiding resolve to address poverty, hunger and disease’.

Goals

  • To promote volunteerism for local and national development by working through volunteers, in partnership with other development organisations.
  • To promote grassroots community development through building the capacity of local people in the areas of environment, health and through promotion of voluntary action.
  • To build capacities of media professionals on ENRM reporting to ensure Environmental issues are accorded same treatment as politics.
  • Components

    Volunteers for Africa has three major components encompassing its activities:-

  • Volunteerism – Considered as a critical national asset to ensure Kenya achieves its socio-economic goals; including the SDGS and contributes to Post-2015 agenda
  • Advocacy – VFA builds the capacities of the voiceless through ‘development through media’. VFA thus embraces the use of mainstream media to amplify voices for the less fortunate in society especially on ENRM issues since environment affects all mankind. We also use social media – an emerging influential space yet unutilised by grassroots communities. Both mainstream and social media platforms are used to influence and enrich policies that can transform the country and consequently the continent.
  • Partnerships – VFA partners with likeminded organisations in the implementation of programmes, these comprise of donor organisations, development implementing partners, Government institutions, faith based organisations and communities.
  • Governance

    VFA is governed by a Board of five Directors who formulate the policies of the organisation. There is an executive committee formed from the board comprising of the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer who actively oversee the proper functions of VFA, however, day to day operations are the responsibility of VFA staff led by the C.E.O who is also secretary to the board. There are three signatories to VFA accounts with two being compulsory signatories. For any financial transaction to be approved there must be two signatures appended, one from a compulsory signatory. The signatories to VFA accounts are: - The chairman to the board, Chief Executive Officer and the Accountant. The chairman and the Chief Executive Officer are compulsory signatories. The current committee members comprise of:-

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    How can you support our work?

    There are many ways to contribute to the work of VFA: Volunteerism, donations, fundraising, forming partnerships and knowledge sharing.
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