Kenya Community Outreach and Orphan Education Project

 

The Kenya Community Outreach and Orphan Education project is an exceptional and varied rural community upliftment project. The project aims to help those who most need it; impoverished families that have been affected by HIV/AIDS, disease, malnutrition and lack of food, unemployment, limited education and other issues that are faced by extremely disadvantaged communities in Kenya.

The Kenya Community Outreach project has a goal: To target and assist approximately 500 families in eight project areas, providing vital assistance, particularly to the child-headed households, meeting the immediate nutritional needs and living standards of these families. The number of child-headed households is a huge issue in Kenya, due to HIV/AIDS leaving children aged from 0-16 without parents to take care of them or their siblings; sometimes up to eight children. Many of these children are also ostracised and excluded from the local community, due to the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS. Their living conditions deteriorate, as does their health, leaving behind malnourished and neglected children with no support or chance of a future.

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THE VOLUNTEER PROJECT

Background to the project

The Kenya Community Outreach and Orphan Education project is an exceptional and varied rural community upliftment project. The project aims to help those who most need it; impoverished families that have been affected by HIV/AIDS, disease, malnutrition and lack of food, unemployment, limited education and other issues that are faced by extremely disadvantaged communities in Kenya. The Kenya Community Outreach project has a goal: To target and assist approximately 500 families in eight project areas, providing vital assistance, particularly to the child-headed households, meeting the immediate nutritional needs and living standards of these families. The number of child-headed households is a huge issue in Kenya, due to HIV/AIDS leaving children aged from 0-16 without parents to take care of them or their siblings; sometimes up to eight children. Many of these children are also ostracised and excluded from the local community, due to the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS. Their living conditions deteriorate, as does their health, leaving behind malnourished and neglected children with no support or chance of a future.

Project Highlights

  • Help children and disadvantaged members of the community build a better life for themselves
  • Help build or repair homes, so that families have safe shelter and adequate living conditions
  • Teach important skills, such as computer training, maths and English
  • Be part of a relief programme to support poor families with food rations and clothing
  • Provide vital love and support to orphans
  • Offer care and support to people living with HIV/AIDS

Extra Information

One area of this programme that has developed significantly over the last few years is the school and education centre, which is within walking distance of the volunteer accommodation. The school now provides education for all year groups; preschool, primary and secondary. It started as a preschool and early years’ primary school, but as the students have progressed, the school has grown with them and expanded. This has meant greater need and opportunity for volunteers to be involved with education at the centre across a wide range of age groups, depending on experience and preference. Volunteers can help in a variety of areas, including teaching English, mathematics and sports (mainly volleyball, football, basketball). Volunteers at the preschool will help the mainly orphaned children to develop socially, through care, play and interaction. You will also provide a basic introduction to numeracy and literacy, which is crucial in preparing the children for primary school education. Volunteer work at the centre also involves provision of basic computer training to the students and young adults, which is increasingly important in the local area and therefore provides valuable career prospects. Orphans who have been out of school for too long or for whom vocational training is deemed to be their best opportunity can also attend certificate courses through the centre. Recently introduced is an apprenticeship programme, whereby students are affiliated to experienced tailors or mechanics. After they finish their training they are equipped with the skills necessary to begin their own initiatives.

Project Details

  • Location: West Kenya
  • Arrival Date: Monday
  • Minimum duration: 2 weeks

Volunteer Requirements

  • CV/Resumé
  • Basic level of competency in English
  • Copy of return flight itinerary
  • Acceptance subject to availability
  • Medium level of fitness
  • Minimum Age: 18 years

Volunteer Tasks

By volunteering, you will be kept very busy on a range of varied tasks, depending on your interests and skills. You will be helping children, disadvantaged communities and marginalised groups of individuals, such as widows and street children build a better life and support themselves.

Some of the volunteer work you may be involved with:

  • Education: Volunteers can be placed in preschool, primary school or secondary school ( high school ) where you will teach students subject such as maths and English.
  • Vocational training: You can help the children and young adults by teaching them skills, in particular computers, which provide them with a better career prospects.
  • Sexual health education: Take part in discussions and forums about sexual health, HIV/AIDS awareness, western lifestyle and other topics.
  • Medical care: Provide support at the small medical facility at the centre, taking care of the health needs of the orphans.
  • Food security: Provide support to impoverished families, demonstrating sustainable agricultural practices and improving food production and diet.
  • Relief programme: Reach out to poor families with food rations and clothing.
  • Construction: Build and repair houses for some of the poorest families. There are all kinds of jobs to do depending on your sills, ranging from simples manual tasks to more skilled work.
  • Maintenance projects: Including masonry, painting of classrooms or servicing motor vehicles, especially for hose with mechanical skills.
  • Counselling: You can visit people living with HIV/AIDS, offering them care, advice and support.
  • Orphan care: You will providing vital love and support to these children, helping to improve their education and the chance to experience a  happier childhood

Location Information

The rural area where the programme is situated is very beautiful and there are many natural landmarks, such as waterfalls and caves to visit. You will be living in quite a rural area of Kenya and therefore many volunteers enjoy just relaxing and soaking up the culture at the weekends, by interacting with the locals, reading, doing their laundry, etc. There are a few places to visit in the local area and some natural landmarks. The programme is also 60km from Kitale where there is a local game reserve that you may like to visit. Nairobi is a major transport hub for overland tours as the gateway to Eastern and Southern Africa. We have several different tours we can help to arrange for you, including trips to Tanzania and the famous Zanzibar Spice Island, Victoria Falls, or even travel to Cape Town or Johannesburg in South Africa, via Botswana or Namibia should you wish to continue your travels after volunteering.

Visa Information

KENYA INTRODUCES MANDATORY ONLINE VISA APPLICATIONS

Starting from 2nd July 2015, the government of Kenya will introduce electronic visa application. Tourists wishing to visit Kenya need to apply as follows:
1. Visit the electronic visa page at www.ecitizen.go.ke
2. Select Register as a Visitor

As part of this process, you will receive a confirmation email that you need to click on to verify and confirm your registration. At this point, you will be asked to UPLOAD A DIGITAL PASSPORT PHOTO (Maximum size 500 px by 500 px)
· Once logged in, select Department of Immigration Services
· Select Submit Application
· Select Kenyan Visa
· Select the type of visa (visitor) and read the instructions carefully
· Complete the application form – please note that incomplete applications will be rejected and you will lose your processing fees

You will need a scan of the main page of your passport (with your name, date of birth and other information)
You will need to re-upload your passport photo

· Pay using your Visa card, MasterCard or other debit card
· Await your approval which will be sent to you by email. This could take up to 7 days so ensure that you plan in advance
· Once you have received the email advising that your visa is approved, log back into your ecitizen account and download your visa.
· Print a copy of your visa to present to the immigration officer at your point of entry into Kenya

Some things to remember:
– The visa process takes up to one week and must be completed in advance
– You will need a scan of your passport and passport photo
– Approval and issuance of the visa does not guarantee entry into Kenya
– Any form of business or employment on a visitor’s visa is an offence

GRACE PERIOD
As the introduction of this visa process was only this past week, there is a grace period whereby visas may still be purchased on arrival. This grace period expires on 31 August 2015.

Effective 01 September 2015, volunteers may be denied boarding of their flight to Kenya or denied entry to Kenya if you do not have your printed copy of your e-visa with you.

The new service went live on 2 July 2015 so it is fully functional already.

What’s Included

  • Return Transfer from Kisumu Airport
  • Orientation and welcome meal
  • Accommodation
  • All Meals
  • 24 hour support and supervisor on project
  • Donation to the project

Accommodation

During your stay, you will be accommodated in a shared volunteer house. The house is comfortable, although basic and is enclosed in a walled and gated compound with a watchman on the site to ensure your safety. There are running showers (although water can often be cold) and flush toilets. There is electricity, but power cuts are quite frequent and water shortages may also be experienced.

 

Meals

Volunteers will receive 3 meals a day. This includes:

  • Breakfast : help yourself to breakfast; juice, toast and/or chapatis
  • Lunch: help yourself to lunch; juice and sandwiches
  • Dinner: A hot meal will be served every night. It will use traditional African ingredients; consisting of meats, rice and breads and some vegetables.

A generous amount of food will always be given. If snacks are desired there are grocery stores nearby.

 

Arriving in Kenya

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Project dates 2017

  • 2nd/16th/30th – January
  • 13th/27th – February
  • 13th/27th – March
  • 10th/24th – April
  • 8th/22nd – May
  • 5th/19th – June
  • 3rd/17th/31st – July
  • 14th/28th – August
  • 11th/25th – September
  • 9th/23rd – October
  • 6th/20th – November
  • 4th/18th – December

School Holidays

Mid November – mid January
Mid April – early May
Early August – early September

Example Itinerary

MonTuesWedThurFriSatSun

A.M : Building or community work

P.M : Helping in the classroom

A.M: Building or community work

P.M: Arts and Crafts after school

A.M: Building or community work

P.M: Sports lessons at school

A.M: Building or community work

P.M: Arts and Crafts after school

A.M: Building or community work

P.M: Sports lessons at school

A.M: Off

P.M: Off

A.M: Off

P.M: Off

 

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