About us

We aim at reaching out to the disadvantaged in society through partnerships in livelihood changing projects with common goal-oriented organizations.

Our Mission

Drive socio-economic empowerment growth through enhancing equity and psycho social support of the community members.

Our Vision

To be a world-class provider of community-based socio-economic empowerment programs for a decent and dignified livelihood.

Our History

Communis Minds Research and Community Resource Initiative (CMR&CRI) is a Community Based Organization (CBO) operating within the legal boundaries of Kenya. Communis Minds was founded in January 2017 under the leadership of Mr. Patrick Oyenga through discussing social issues affecting society with experts at Mount Kenya University, Thika, Main Campus and Kenyatta University. The experts, drawn from the school of education and social sciences expounded on the need for combined and holistic efforts in society to take responsibility in helping the poor, the disadvantaged, women and children. Formed in Kiambu County, Communis Minds started with outreach programmes for identified cases within the County where several street children were reached out through provisions of basic needs including food and clothing. The programme also reached out to the poor in the urban slums (Majengo-Nairobi) and provided humanitarian services including basic life-skills mentorship and counselling. The programme also initiated youth professional mentorships where a dozen of them have been mentored into social entrepreneurship. To date, the organization has made milestones and focuses on reaching out to the disadvantaged in society through partnerships in livelihood changing projects with common goal-oriented organizations, donors and well-wishers.

Our Purpose and Objectives

Reaching out to the disadvantaged in society through partnerships in livelihood changing projects with common goal-oriented organizations, aligned along with the following areas;

  1. To encourage and organize such social functions as may promote and develop understanding, harmony and peace in society.
  2. Organize and hold meetings, training, and interventions with the objective of improving the lives of community members on matters related to socio-economic well being.
  3. Organize to source resources and mobilize the public through legal means available for the social and economic well being of the society.
  4. To raise funds periodically to a common pool so as to be able to benefit from the economies of scale for a common development goal
  5. To offer moral, material, and financial assistance to identified disadvantaged members of the public in case of death, legal fees requirements, hospitalization, and education.
  6. To organize, acquire and distribute among the identified members of the public in cash or in kind, any property or any proceeds of the organization or disposal of any property of the community.
  7. To promote and advance the social and economic interest and welfare of the members of the public by legitimate means

The board

Communis Minds Research and Community Resource Initiative is anchored on the value of giving to the community and thus led by a Board with the following

Christine Atieno


Ms Christine Atieno is the chairperson of Communis Minds. Ms Atieno has keen focus on leveraging the lives of children, youths and women especially in urban slums

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Ms Atieno has over 10 years of experience in development programs with minority groups like the children, the youth, and women. She aims to use her strengths and professional expertise to enhance individuals, societal and organizational growth considering socio-cognitive dynamism amongst societies. She is also a consultant with other community-based initiatives as a community development advisor and an editor following her rich experience in community development work and meticulous writing skills.

Richard Nyabando

Vice Chairman

Mr. Nyabando holds a BSc in exercise and sports science and currently pursuing MSc in health promotion and sports science. He has worked in different filed that touch on the lives of children and youth and is currently employed as a sports officer at the county government of Kakamega.

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He is also enthusiastic about physical fitness as a way of safeguarding livelihoods against obese-related diseases. He is an instructor at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. He has other interests in charity work, team building, talent identification, and development. Mr. Nyabando carries the image of champions against violence against women and spearheads disability championship in the organization.

Patrick Oyenga

Project Coordinator

Patrick Oyenga is a Kenyan-born youth. Mr. Oyenga is a resident of Thika town – Central Kenya, with an educational background in BA (Mathematics and Economics) and MSc Research Methodology. He has professional experience in academic administration, project management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Quality assurance, and peer education.

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He is the Director and Founder of Communis Research and Community Resource Initiative (CMR&CRI). He has interests in academic freelance services with interests in Research Theory, Proposal development, Data Analysis, and Report Writing. He is a fellow of ACCESS-DAAD Scholarships 2020, NGL 2021 Cohort-Taillores Network of Engaged Universities, has three journal publications, mentored 6 university students into innovative social entrepreneurship, mobilized funds (Kes 1.2M) for a needy sick girl for operation, among others. He has experience in projects management and monitoring and evaluation covering projects scope under British Council, UNESCO, KNATCOM, among others