SRI has been receiving various international and local volunteers since 2016. They stay at SRI in different times/periods. Students from local universities who volunteered with us in 2016 are Harriet and Jackson of Moi University, and Paul Ologo and Wayne Abach of Maseno University. Most of these volunteers offered support in administration and during the construction of our Resource Centre, ranging from bamboo preparation and building construction, carrying out interviews in the community to find out the importance of the center. The volunteers had interesting experiences during their stay. Job, a student volunteer says “SRI team has been so good and everyone around makes life so lively. I have enjoyed my stay especially on the construction site where I learned a lot about the culture of the locals with whom I worked.” Jackson too had this to say. “I loved the time I spent volunteering at SRI. I have always dreamt about giving back to the community,something I feel I have achieved here since the resource centre we have left behind will surely positively change someone’s life. Thank you to the SRI family.” SRI is grateful for the support of the volunteers and wishes them the best in their future endeavours. We hope that we shall have more partnerships in the future.
Meanwhile, tailoring students and the teacher have all been working on the production of school uniforms. This unit has provided nine students from four neighboring primary schools with free school uniforms, a means of escalating school uniform production. We hope this will give a good start on launching the new tailoring business at SRI. Orders can now be made to have clothing prepared and delivered.
James O. Odhiambo is the HR/ Administrator. His tasks concern the making of appointment letters for both employees and interns, making of the staff workbook, construction of the organogram, managing the staff welfare, maintaining the employee records, monitoring the leave days for the staffs and coordinating the Youths-in-Action program for the organization. James is a Human Resource Management practitioner from Moi University. He has been an Intern at Mumias Sugar Company where he was attached to the Compensation and Benefits Office. He has worked with Pioneer Assurance Company as a sales agent and has served in several positions in higher learning institutions. He is a self-motivated humanitarian who can work under minimal or no supervision.
Lieke is recently a volunteer at SRI and has been involved in multiple activities. She has been taking responsibility for the completion of the chicken run. She has also managed the production of school uniforms to promote our tailoring production at the neighboring primary schools. An important aspect of her stay is the evaluation of the recent activities and contributing to the design of plans for income-generating activities.Agriculture and Environment – make a bullet point for the Chicken Run in future time.
Luker Peters, Josephine Rots, JuliusVanberber and CharlieRoelse, students from TU Delft University visited SRI from November 2016 to January 2017. The team research on the possibilities and viability of income generation projects linked to the Resource Center. These projects are important as they will enhance the organization’s sustainability. They initiated the chicken project by building a kitchen run.
Reiner, a student from the University of Twente, Netherlands, stayed in SRI from October 2016 to January 2017. Reiner was involved in quite a number of activities at SRI. He carried out research on the possibilities of internet connectivity at SRI to be used at the ICT unit of the Resource Centre. He was also at the same time involved in the coordination of building and construction between the volunteers and the funds. For his minor programme, Reiner did a research project about student volunteering.
SUSTAINABLE RURAL INITIATIVES
Our Aim is to inspire rural communities to take their future in their hands to enable them access the critical goods and services they need so that they can make choices for themselves and realize their own human potential.