VIO Society Kenya

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The Volunteer Involving Organization Society (VIO Society) started in 2004 as a loose network under the name Volunteer Involving Organizations Network (VIO). It is an umbrella of organisations that work in development through volunteering and with volunteers to promote volunteerism as a means to development. It was officially inaugurated in May, 2008 and registered as a Society in September, 2014. It is a national network whose membership is open to government, international and national non-governmental organisations, institutions, foundations, corporates and community-based organisations across the Republic of Kenya.

Since its formation, the network has strived to take the lead in streamlining volunteerism in Kenya. They have worked with the government in close collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection to develop the National Volunteerism Policy, which was adopted by the Cabinet in February, 2016. Together, they have since developed a National Volunteerism Bill 2019 which is at the State Law Office for Redrafting and later to be presented to Parliament.

The VIO Society works closely with the government to ensure that VIOs in Kenya work as guided by the Volunteerism Policy and later by Law. It recognises the unique programmes/projects offered by each member organisation and, where appropriate, enters into partnerships to enhance volunteerism in Kenya. They are the acknowledged network which acts as a coordinating link between government and international, national and local voluntary organisations in Kenya. Their members have been involved in different areas of voluntary activities aimed at development and peace, in line with the national development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Their Vision is “A synergised Volunteer Community”, while their Mission is “To engage in research, advocacy, networking, partnerships and training to promote volunteerism.”

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