Sadhana Forest Kenya is an International NGO working to establish food security through indigenous food forestry and water conservation with the Samburu people. We train local people in tree planting and tree care and plant indigenous food producing trees with them around their homes. Sadhana Forest Kenya established a training and demonstration center in Samburu county in north Kenya where we also host the volunteers.
Sadhana Forest Kenya started its operations in 2012 and is a very long-term sustainable development project. We are not involved in any short-term relief work or providing immediate aid.
In addition to planting/monitoring trees and water conservation works, Sadhana Forest Kenya has projects within their campus such as a goshala (cow sanctuary), cob construction, permaculture-designed demonstration plots, and developing appropriate technologies. Also, we have daily support tasks such as cooking, cleaning, compost toilet maintenance, and general upkeep of our campus. Your tasks will also depend on the season and the skills you have. Please be prepared to help wherever needed.
At Sadhana Forest Kenya we enjoy 100% whole-food vegan meals. We do our best to source organic/local food where possible.
Sadhana Forest Kenya is a non-profit ecological project that does not generate any income. Therefore, we cannot afford to provide free food for volunteers. The total cost of food per person is 600 Kenya Shillings(KES) per day, around 6 USD. Please bring with you 600 KES x number of days that you wish to stay. We can occasionally accept USD or Euros; Please check ahead.
At Sadhana Forest Kenya we are very concerned with peaceful living and sustainability. We find that a vegan diet and lifestyle best supports these ideals. This means that, inside of Sadhana Forest Kenya, we only eat plant-based foods, food not from animals nor from animal products. That means no: meat, eggs, milk, cheese, butter, curd, yogurt, honey, or any other foods that come from animals. The consumption of animal products is the largest contributing factor to deforestation in the world and we don’t want to reforest with our hands while we are deforesting with our mouths!
Volunteers should not smoke cigarettes, use drugs, or drink alcohol during the entire time of their stay. Only come when this is a realistic lifestyle for you.
Sadhana Forest Kenya warmly welcomes volunteers any time of the year, and always have available space for them.
Our main project is the reforestation of 70 acres of severely eroded land. We are working to re-create the Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest indigenous to our area. This forest type is found only in Southern India and Sri Lanka and provides a rare biological richness due to its very high species abundance (over 1000 species of trees, shrubbery and liana). The Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest is now close to total extinction as only 0.01% survives. This is a last moment effort to keep this very rich and beautiful forest on earth. As part of our reforestation effort we are also working on water conservation and soil management.
Our projects include the work with local children, hosting many groups of people interested in conservation, the UniverCity of Compassion and an animal sanctuary where we care for rescued animals.
We practice an eco-friendly way of life including veganism, alternative construction, solar energy, biodegradable toiletries, and compost toilets.
Volunteers mainly plant, mulch, and water trees during the season, work on water conservation in the forest and around the community, cook, clean, maintain the community area, and spend time with local and community kids.