Volunteer in Kenya

Support a Women’s group and Orphan feeding program in Kisumu
Kisumu       April 9 – April 26, 2017

Volunteer project: Volunteers in this project will support a Community Women’s Group in Ugunja that was started in 2003 by women with common interests in the development of their local community and economic empowerment of the women in North Uholo. The group has 25 members and is involved in organic farming for which they have leased land. They grow vegetables, maize and sweet potatoes, which they later sell. Some of the food harvested in the farm is being used for the Orphan Feeding Program, which takes place every Saturday.
Some of the orphans live in the group’s home and others are accommodated in the group’s nursery or the local primary school. All the children meet every Saturday where they play games and are provided with a meal.
The group also engages in HIV/AIDS awareness raising campaigns for the local community.

The project aims to create self-reliance through initiation of income generating activities and promotes affairs related to education in order to enlighten the community on the social issues affecting them.

The volunteers will take part in:
• HIV/AIDS awareness campaign
• Kiswahili lessons
• Support the Orphan Feeding Program (e.g. preparation and serving of food, dish washing)
• Home visit/cultural exchange
• Farm work including weeding, planting of local vegetables, digging and watering of crops

Leisure activities: Volunteers can visit Lake Victoria at Kisumu City, which is about a 2-hour drive from the project.

Language: English

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Accommodation will be arranged before and after the project in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

There will be a one-day orientation for all participants the day before the project starts.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be at the project site and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat.

Location: Ugunja, Kisumu County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 265 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Education and care for children with disabilities
Makueni       May 7 – May 26, 2017

Volunteer project: Volunteer in Makueni County in Eastern Kenya and work with physically handicapped children. The institution consists of a school and a home, which has been in existence since 1994. A Primary School and a Catholic Church surround this home, which currently houses 20 physically handicapped children. These kids are boys and girls aged between 10 to 19 years. They have suffered accidents, snakebites and Polio or were handicapped at birth, among other causes.

The idea of this project is to make a difference in the life of children and young adults with special needs and disabilities in order to become self-reliant and integrated into mainstream life without fear of stigmatization.

Volunteer duties:
• Teaching the disabled children various subjects (Mathematics, English, debates, etc)
• Care giving services, including: washing, cooking, serving, feeding and cleaning
• Organizing extra-curricular activities, like sports, for the children
• Working in the farm of the home to improve farm output

Language: English

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Accommodation will be arranged before and after the project in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

There will be a one-day orientation for all participants the day before the project starts.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be at the project site and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat.

Location: Makueni County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 265 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Health awareness and forest conservation project
Kakamega       June 11 – June 30, 2017

Volunteer project: The Community Health Project was started with the aim of creating awareness on HIV/AIDS among the residents of Vihrembe area, as well as on issues of sexual and reproductive health. The project is also actively involved in jigger eradication campaigns in the community.
In addition, it aims to educate the local community about the conservation of Kakamega Rainforest and its fragile ecosystem. The forest is home to many unique and rare animal and plant species but the increasing human population has exerted negative pressures to the forest, e.g. illegal logging, charcoal burning, cattle grazing, harvesting of medical plants and general clearing of the forest for agriculture. The project involves the community in its preservation, ensuring the forest is cherished as a healthy, unique and diverse ecosystem for future generations.

The idea of this project is to create awareness about the negative effects of jiggers on the health of local people.

The volunteer team will contribute through participation in different activities:
• Door-to-door jigger eradication campaign
• HIV/AIDS home-based care program
• School outreach programs
• Awareness creation in the community on sexual and reproductive health
• Rehabilitation and conservation of Kakamega Forest through the establishment of tree nurseries
• Kiswahili classes

Leisure activities: Volunteers can visit Lake Victoria in Kisumu City, which is about a 2-hour drive from the project. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to visit Kakamega Rainforest, which is about 1,5 kilometer from the project site.

Language: English

Arrival and orientation: All volunteers will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. Accommodation will be arranged before and after the project in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

There will be a one-day orientation for all participants the day before the project starts.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be at the project site and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat.

Location: Vihrembe Market, Kakamega County

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 265 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Long-term projects in Kenya