HISTORY OF THE MCDC
In 2005 Vincent Atitwa registered a Self Help Group with the Government of Kenya’s Ministry of Culture and Social Services, called “Brother’s Self Help Group”. Vincent is a native of Munami and studied Water Engineering in Nairobi before returning to his rural community. Inspired by how urban Community Organizations were helping alleviate poverty in Nairobi, Vincent founded the Brothers Self Help Group. From its inception, the group’s vision was to help improve the livelihoods of members, but they understood that their livelihoods were interconnected with the livelihood of the greater community.
In 2010 and 2011, the group was assessed by an independent consultant who recommended that the group separate into two distinct entities. One was a charitable organization, which would be registered as a CBO and the other was an income generating organization, which would be registered as a co-operative. This consultant also recommended that the group re-name itself in a gender-neutral fashion, since ‘Brothers’ implied that the organization’s membership consisted solely of men, which was not and is not the case. On March 5, 2011 at a General Membership Meeting, the group decided to split into two distinct entities, a co-operative and a CBO. The name of the latter was changed to the Matungu Community Development Charity.
We are funded by individuals and organizations from around the world who support our charitable work. In the past we received funding through globalgiving.org. YOU CAN HELP support our current programs by DONATING here. Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated!
The MCDC’s management board includes a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Organizing Secretary and Charitable Commissioner. The management is elected by organization membership at the Annual General Meeting on a bi-annual basis. Membership is open to any member of the community who satisfies the minimum requirements for membership as laid out in the bylaws of the organization. Matungu Community Development Charity is committed to a policy of non-discrimination based on race, gender, physical disability, literacy or economic standing in its membership application process.
The MCDC has actively sought and received help in the design of its management structure and its fundraising techniques, training in the use of internet and computers, marketing and HIV/AIDS prevention. Volunteer assistance has come from both Kenya and abroad.
To inquire about becoming a volunteer with Matungu Community Development Charity, send an email to us with the subject line ‘volunteer opportunity?’ You can find our email on the Location and Contact section of this web site.