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Reasons Why You Should Volunteer Over The Holidays

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We hope you got to read our last post that was more onhow volunteering can help solve socio-economic problems . Today, since the holidays are here and Christmas is around the corner, we thought we’d share a bit about why you should volunteer over the holidays.

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You have more free time

It is no secret that it is during the holidays that people actually get more breaks from work or school. That means you get more time to search for volunteering opportunities and actually participate actively in them. It is easier to give your all to the people you are helping out during the holiday season compared to other ordinary seasons within a year as those come with a lot of responsibilities that we often get caught up in.

You get to spread the holiday cheer

Another great reason why you should volunteer over the holidays is that you get to spread the holiday cheer. Volunteering allows you to donate food, cook and serve meals to those who might not have access to them and most of all, it allows you to show the needy that you care simply by giving them your time. In some cases, some of these people like those in hospitals, orphanages or even retirement homes do not even have family to spend the holidays with and for that reason, it is important to show them that they are not alone.

You can make it a family affair

We have already mentioned that it is during the holidays that people get more free time. For that reason, another good reason to volunteer during the holidays is that you cn involve your family members in the process. How great right? To bond during the holidays with your loved ones while putting a smile on other people’s faces. It will help you spend quality time with your family while you make a difference.

It helps you appreciate what you have

During the festive season, our homes are often filled with decorations, gifts, family and joy. However, not everyone has this. That is why it is good to go out and volunteer during the holiday season. You get to see how people live and through it you will realize that you have so much to be grateful for. You will through the volunteering experience learn to count the numerous blessings that you have.

It will help you set a good example

As we mentioned, the holiday season brings together a lot of family. SO a good reason to volunteer during the holidays is that it helps you set an example to the rest of your family members especially the younger ones. You can help them understand the benefits of volunteering, why they should participate and it will also allow you to teach them to appreciate what they have and learn to give their time to those who do not.

We hope you have learnt a few things today and actually agree with our reasons to volunteer during the holiday season.

Anyway, Christmas comes this Wednesday and we at CIVS Kenya would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Thank you for stopping by.

Socio-Economic Problems Facing Rural Area Communities

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In our last blog post, we spoke about the environmental problems facing rural area communities. Today, we will be highlighting the socio-economic problems facing rural area communities.

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Insufficient health centres

Health is of great importance and should be accessible to all. Unfortunately, one of the many socio-economic problems facing rural area community is that there aren’t enough health facilities for the population. In addition to that, there is a shortage of qualified staff in the few medical facilities available. Because of this, a lot of people faced with certain conditions grow worse and even end up dying as a result of not being able to receive timely treatment.

Poor road network

For any economy to thrive there is need for a sound transport system and road network. Unfortunately it is a big challenge in the rural areas. As a result raw materials and finished products do not move systematically as is required thus hindering development in the region.

Culture and traditions

Another socio-economic problem facing the rural area communities is the unwillingness to let go of certain traditions, norms and cultural practices that are in this day and age demeaning or are an impediment to the development of the community. This makes the people unwelcoming to change making it difficult for them to accept any new ideas that could possibly help uplift them.

Gender inequality

For many years, women in the rural area communities have been sidelined when it comes to leadership and even access to resources. They are looked at as the weaker gender. It is also for this reason that in most such communities girls are not all taken to school as their place is in the homesteads taking care of the family.

Lack of education and technical know how

Another major socio-economic problem facing rural area communities is that most people are illiterate. As a result, it is difficult for them to incorporate technology or science into their daily lifestyle. As a result, work is done much slower compared to the urban areas and production is limited.

Inadequate lending institutions

Rural area communities do not have access to as many banks and saccos as people in the urban areas are. As a result, it is difficult for them to start their own business ventures or even expand their existing ones.

 
Having spoken about some of the socio-economic problems facing rural area communities, we at CIVS Kenya would like to emphasize that some of these can be improved through volunteering.

You can volunteer as a teacher and teach in the few schools available in the rural areas or educate the grownups and even the elderly in the community in order to help them get a brighter future. It could also help open their eyes to technology.

Volunteering could also help these communities deal with the gender inequality and help them let go of some of the customs or cultural practices that prevent development through creating awareness.

Certain volunteering activities could definitely bring investors into the rural community that could lead to infrastructural development or help in provision of jobs.

Contact us today if you would love to be a volunteer and help the rural area communities and we at CIVS will gladly help you out.

Benefits Of School Feeding Programs To The Community

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According to the World Bank,” a school feeding program is a targeted social safety net that provides benefits both educational as well as health related ones to vulnerable children thus causing a rise in their enrollment rates, a reduction in cases of absenteeism and improving the food security situation at the household level.

School feeding programs have so many positive impacts to the community and on today’s post, we will be highlighting some of the benefits of school feeding programs to the community. You’ll be able to learn a bit more today, of course hoping that you learnt quite a bit on benefits of volunteering that build leadership skills  from our last post.

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Here are some benefits of school feeding programs

It promotes higher school attendance and reduces rate of drop outs

A large number of pupils in developing countries are unable to attend school because they have no access to a meal or cannot get all the meals required in a day for their healthy growth. A number of them are even forced to do odd jobs and work hard despite their young age to earn just that one meal to keep them going. School feeding programs attract more children to school as it assures them of a meal. It also keeps them in school thereby reducing their dropout rates.

It promotes the health and development of children

Lack of food or an improper diet causes malnutrition among children. This in turn stands in the way of proper development of the children and their activity. School feeding programs provide a healthy diet to children, though simple, which facilitates their healthy growth and development. It keeps the children away from nutritional diseases.

It improves concentration and educational performance in school

Another benefit of school feeding programs to the community is that the food provided in schools improves their energy levels. When these energy levels are improved, the children can concentrate better in class and as such, they are able to perform better in their classes.

It provides support to the children’s parents and guardians

It is the responsibility of parents and/or guardians to provide food. However, due to poverty levels, some are not able to do this regularly. They can however benefit from school feeding programs for their children as the programs take the burden of feeding their children off their shoulders. They are able to focus on other tasks with the assurance that their children will eat in school.

It promotes farmers and local vendors

Farmers and local vendors also benefit from school feeding programs because the programs increase the demand for their produce in order for them to feed all those children in school. They are encouraged to work harder and smarter in order to reap the benefits.

It helps the community rise above poverty

As we have already mentioned, the programs help keep the children in school and as such, they are better placed to complete their education. With an increase in the number of children completing school, the community will in the long term experience an improvement in their economy, thus rise above poverty.

We hope you have learnt something on school feeding programs and why they are so important to the community.

If you would like to participate in a school feeding program, contact us at CIVS Kenya and we will help you out as we have a number of school feeding programs you might be interested in.

Environmental Problems Facing Rural Area Communities

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We hope our last post on school school feeding programs in Africa enlightened you in some way about just how important it is. Today, we talk about some environmental problems facing rural area communities. Here are some of them.

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Poor Sanitation

Unfortunately, due to the fact that not too many people in rural areas are educated, most people either do not know the importance of sanitation or how to observe it.  As a result, there is environmental pollution which in turn exposes the rural community to epidemics and poor living conditions.

Conversion of farm land into housing land

As a result of the increasing population in rural areas, there has risen demand for shelter to accommodate this growing population. Unfortunately, this has taken a toll on the farm land and even on the natural vegetation. Most of this land is in turn set aside for housing purposes. When farm land is used for housing, it causes a decrease in per capita availability of cultivated land. In the long run, it causes over cultivation.

Lack of proper drainage facilities

Defecation as well as lack of proper drainage is another common environmental problem facing rural area communities. This causes a filthy appearance to the environment and could also have some long term effects such as flooding when it rains, destruction of property and plants and could also lead to spreading of diseases due to harmful fumes and gases. Poor drainage could also be a contributing factor to erosion.

Inappropriate use of pesticides and fertilizers

Due to high levels of poverty among the rural communities, a lot of farmers feel the need to overuse pesticides and even fertilizers with the aim of increasing farm production. However, the excess use of such causes environmental problems as they end up accumulating in water bodies as well as the soil and as a result, they become counterproductive and cause more harm than good.

Deforestation

People in rural areas will often cut down trees for charcoal or other uses and sometimes they do not know the long term effects this practice could bring. Deforestation will in the long run cause soil erosion, desertification, floods and even fewer crops.

Well, these problems could be avoided or at least curbed. You can sign up as a volunteer and help the environment.

You can volunteer in the rural areas and help educate the community on the importance of environmental conservation. The rural community could also use some education in good farming practices, in proper waste disposal and against deforestation. You could also participate in tree planting and other activities geared towards environmental conservation alongside the community.

Contact us at CIVS Kenya today and get information on how you can volunteer in the rural area and help the community in conserving their environment for a brighter future.

                

Benefits Of Volunteering That Build Leadership Skills

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In our last post, we talked about how to develop leadership skills while volunteering. The activities you could take part in and the way to behave during the process to achieve it. We have also talked about different benefits of volunteering for example to our mental health, among others. Today, we look at how some of these benefits can transform us into leaders. So here are benefits of volunteering that build leadership skills.

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Volunteering enables networking

One of the many benefits of volunteering is that it gives us the opportunity to network. A volunteer gets to meet with people from different walks of life. Different countries, with different perspectives, different ranks in society and in companies. Interacting with such people enables one to grow as you get to learn different ways of getting along with people who are not necessarily on the same level as yourself, which is what leaders do. You could learn some leadership skills from those who are above you in stature as well and you could learn the art of forming some meaningful partnerships.

Volunteering gives one energy

Another benefit of volunteering that builds leadership skills is the fact that it energizes. As a volunteer, you will often find yourself having to do work that you are perhaps not so familiar with, meaning you have to put in extra effort to learn and get to work as fast as you possibly can. You will also find that you have to work harder than you initially thought because certain projects might turn out to be more demanding than expected. Getting used to this helps you get more energy to deal with difficult situations. In turn, you develop leadership skills as normally, a leader has to work more than everyone else and has to be fast in learning and quick in problem solving.

Volunteering allows you to receive mentorship

During the volunteering process, volunteers who are team members often give each other support, advice and any kind of guidance needed in order for the entire volunteering exercise to be a success. It gives different people a voice which they perhaps wouldn’t have had and allows them to step up every once in a while and take the lead when it comes to different situations as they understand that they rely on one another’s support. When one learns to step up whenever need arises, they develop leadership skills because on a day to day basis it is the job of a good leader to step up and provide guidance.

Volunteering enables one to immerse themself in other people’s culture

Another benefit of volunteering that builds leadership skills is the fact that it provides an opportunity for one to immerse themselves into the day to day way of life of the people in the area they are volunteering in. You get to learn what works for them and what does not and then adapt to it. You will also meet other volunteers from different countries who also have different cultures. This challenges how you think as a person. It opens up your mind and helps you learn to communicate and relate better with different types of people which is a leadership skill.

Volunteering promotes teamwork and partnership

Whenever you sign up as a volunteer, you automatically put yourself in a situation that will have you working as part of a team. You will need to learn to collaborate with everyone else you find yourself with in order to make the project a success. You will also need to learn how to break any barriers that might be existent between you and the next person that could bring about any hindrance to success so that you find solutions together. This enables you to develop leadership skills as a leader often has to work with several different people regardless of whether or not they would like the people in a different kind of setting in order to achieve a certain goal.

We hope these few points on the benefits of volunteering that build leadership skills encourage you to participate in volunteering activities. You would have so much to gain from it.

In case you have any questions or general concerns related to volunteering, contact us at CIVS Kenya and we will gladly assist you.