CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya

Our History

1997

Registration of CIVS

CIVS was registered in 1997 as a Kenya based non-profit agency that offers innovative and competent support services to empower communities and organizations. Our efforts aim at stimulating self-development initiatives among the disadvantaged, especially women, as well as developing harmonious relations among people of different backgrounds and cultures.

 

Community Training

Community leaders training on leadership skills, resource mobilization, and potential exploitation, design and management of community projects, and rights of community members including children. Clients: Kenya Episcopal Conference - Catholic Secretariat, Women and Gender program.

Training of women and youth groups on small business start-up and management. Clients: CIVS supports women’s and youth groups in Kisumu, Machakos, Makueni and Kirinyaga.

1998

First Workcamp

CIVS held its first Workcamp hosted by Uvaini Women Group located in Machakos district of Kenya. Since then, we have been holding monthly Workcamps. For more information about our current Workcamps please visit the Workcamp page on our website.

 

First Long-Term-Volunteer Projects

CIVS offered its first mid and long term volunteer projects.Since then we have deployed over 1,700 volunteers from all over the world in different projects, like Orphanages, Schools, Microfinance, Environmental Conservation, Agricultural Training & Conservation and Arts. For more information about our current projects please visit the Mid & Long Term Project page of our website.

 

“Bengi Investment Group” (BIG)

Supporting organizations to establish and run community banks - “Bengi Investment Group” (BIG). Clients: Women Concern Kenya (WCK) of Garissa, Kikozi Program of Lamu, Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay and RECA of Kisumu.

1999

Rehabilitation of Street Children

Sustainable rehabilitation and reintegration of street children through the minimalist approach to microfinance and enterprise development as they relate to family level poverty alleviation as a strategy for street children rehabilitation. Clients: Undugu Society of Kenya and UNESCO.

 

Consultancy

Consultancy for a microfinance program in Kosovo, which is expected to benefit children, women and rural folk hence their rights are central to interventions.

CBO capacity assessment with a focus on children concerns. Client: PLAN Eastern.

2000

Microfinance in Kisumu

CIVS started its Microfinance branch in Kisumu. In collaboration with the poorest members of a community, a village bank is implemented in order to reduce their level of dependence on others. Today the Microfinance activities run independently from CIVS. 

 

Community Development in Nyanza

Child focused preparation of Community Development Plans in Nyanza, Kisumu, Kiambu and Thika. Livelihood issues were tackled. Client: PLAN Central.

2001

Technical Assistance and Training

CIVS started designing and delivering technical assistance and training in 2001. We offer these activities to a cross-section of organizations involved in community development, enterprise development and microfinance in order to strengthen their capacities for improved service quality, greater efficiency, effectiveness, and enhanced community livelihood security

 

2006

SAIDIA

Designing a business development services program for Samburu District; assessing IGAs, conducting feasibility study, holding stakeholders’ workshops, and conducting community and staff training on managing “Bengi Investment Group” (BIG) community banks and setting up of community banks in Lesirikan and Ngilai in Samburu District. Client: Samburu Aid In Africa (SAIDIA).

 

Setting up Community Banks

Setting up and building the capacity of regional capital funds (Community Banks), carrying out appraisal, among slum dwellers in Kisumu, Nakuru, Nairobi, Athi River and Mombasa. Clients: Pamoja Trust, Slum Dwellers Federation.

2009

OVC-Support in Kano Plains

CIVS started its own Community Development Projects in Kano Plains supporting the orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) through increasing household incomes of the local people, many of them being caregivers to the high number of HIV/AIDS orphans in this area. For more information please visit the Capacity Building page on our website.

 

2010

Garissa Youth Project

Development, implementation and management of the Garissa Youth Project, a youth education project for 800 out-of-school youth. Clients: USAID and EDC (Educational Development Center).

2014

Emergency Relief

CIVS provided Emergency Food Relief and Livelihood Support to over 1,500 drought affected people in Ahero.

 

2015

Ahero Resource Center

CIVS launched the Ahero Resource Center - a One-Stop-Shop for the local community offering services in Microfinance, Capacity Building, Water & Sanitation as well as supporting school going Orphans and Vulnerable Children and their caregivers.