CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya

Long-Term Volunteering in Kenya

You can join our Long Term Volunteer Projects depending for any time between 1-12 months.

These projects are a non-formal international learning experience which help to develop a volunteer’s sensitivity towards social and cultural differences, build self-confidence and improve your problem solving ability.

Long term volunteering is individual rather than in groups. You are immersed in the local culture to a much greater extent allowing you to integrate better with the local community and actually become part of it.

Over time you can learn the local language, make friends and better understand the needs and problems of the locals. This enables you to take a more active role in the running of the project by implementing their own ideas for accomplishment of better outcomes. All programs are organized in cooperation with our local partners.

You can find the details of every project below to choose the project that suits you best.

Orientation

There will be an orientation seminar for new volunteers lasting three days including Nairobi city introduction. Our monthly orientation seminar starts on the first Monday every month. It would be good if the volunteers can arrive at least one day before the orientation starts.

Participation Fee

CIVS solely depends on volunteer contributions to support its activities.

VOLUNTEERING PERIOD FEES
Up to 1 month 250 Euro
2 months and longer 200 Euro per month

The fee has to be paid upfront on arrival in full.

It covers the following services:

  • Airport transfers
  • 3-day orientation seminar
  • Introduction to the city
  • Accommodation and food during orientation and during placement duration
  • Coordination and office support

The following costs are NOT included:

  • Cost of drinks like soda, beer, mineral water etc
  • Cost of sightseeing
  • Visa costs
  • Direct donations to the project
  • Local travelling

What to Bring

Sleeping bag, sleeping mat and mosquito net are necessary. You can also bring photos of your country, clothes, books, pens, toys etc.

Tours and Safari

CIVS Kenya organizes tours and safaris to spectacular sites of interest in Kenya. Volunteers, who wish to participate, should let us know as soon as possible in order to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry fees, accommodation and tour guiding. The cost of a 3 days safari to Masai Mara National Reserve is 330 Euro. It includes:

Day 1: Nairobi - Masai Mara

Your Safari to Maasai Mara National Park will start in the morning in Nairobi. From here you will be driven across the floor of the Great Rift Valley and the Loita Plains to arrive in Maasai Mara for lunch. In the evening you can enjoy a game viewing drive till 06:00 pm. Afterwards dinner will be served in the camp or lodge you have chosen for your overnight stay.

Day 2: Masai Mara

On the second day you have a game viewing drive in the morning and in the evening. You will return to the camp or lodge for your meals and overnight stay.

Day 3: Masai Mara - Nairobi

Day three starts with a pre-breakfast game viewing drive in the early morning to see the predators hunting. Your own breakfast will be waiting for you when you come back to your camp or lodge. Afterwards you depart back to Nairobi with a stopover for lunch on the way. In the late afternoon you will arrive in Nairobi.

Our Long-Term Programs

Ahero Resource Center

Children, Farming
ahero resource center

The Ahero Resource Center was started by CIVS, it is located in Ahero, about 25km east of Kisumu town. The Center serves as a One-Stop-Shop offering a variety of services to the local community. The center is equipped with training facility, which provides capacity-building opportunities in Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and providing venue for community groups meeting.

Project Profile

The Ahero Resource Center is located in Ahero, Kisumu County. The Ahero Resource Center started by CIVS is located in Ahero, about 25km east of Kisumu town. The Center serves as a One-Stop-Shop offering a variety of services to the local community. The center is equipped with training facility, which provides capacity-building opportunities in Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and providing venue for community groups meeting. The in-class training is complemented by practical learning on the adjacent Farmer Field School i.e. a model Farm which encompasses a Greenhouse, open farm and Poultry house that provide practical examples of modern farming practices.

The Ahero Resource Center is also equipped with comprehensive rainwater harvesting infrastructure to fully utilize the short and heavy rains in the region. The center runs an Early Childhood Education Program for 45 children who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. The children receive free education, meals and stationary. There is a Safe house in the center that is expected to provide temporary accommodation to the people who are facing perceived danger. Also, the construction of a Computer ICT centre is currently ongoing and it’s expected to offer training in information technology to the youth in order to increase their employability.

From time to time depending with the availability of funds, 30 school going Orphans and Vulnerable Children get a free lunch at the center to improve their concentration and school performance. Additionally a borehole provides a reliable and affordable source of safe water for the community. The construction of two water kiosks in the wider area connected with the borehole will improve accessibility to clean and safe water in the community significantly.


Location

Ahero, Kisumu County

Project activities

  • Working in the Model Farm of the center and helping to improve the agricultural methods, crops, etc.
  • Promotion of the centers agricultural activities in the community
  • Supporting promotion of the Ahero resource Center and its activities
  • Assisting in the preparation and Serving of meals to the children
  • Assisting in general care giving services  for the children
  • Developing age appropriate games and playing with the children to promote the health of the children
  • Teaching computers to local youths
  • Assisting in teaching children basics of language, speaking, writing, etc
  • Assisting in cleaning of the facilities used by the children e.g. the classes.

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will stay in a host family near the project site. The host family will provide breakfast and dinner.

Badislisha Eco Village

Farming
badilisha project

Badilisha Eco Village aims to bring change to the lives of people on Rusinga Island, who face challenges such as food insecurity, HIV/AIDS, lack of education among other pressing issues. It also seeks to inspire change in the general paradigms of local population towards a more holistic and responsible way while promoting permaculture farm design techniques and ethics.

Project Profile

Badilisha means “change” in Swahili. Badilisha Eco Village aims to bring change to the lives of people on Rusinga Island, who face challenges such as food insecurity, HIV/AIDS, lack of education among other pressing issues. It also seeks to inspire change in the general paradigms of local population towards a more holistic and responsible way. Badilisha Eco Village promotes permaculture farm design techniques and ethics: Earth care, people care and share of surplus. It is a model farm, or epicentre, for both sustainable agriculture and holistic community development.

Badilisha successfully hosted a Permaculture Development Course in March 2011 and aims to become an International Permaculture Center. There is a primary school also within the project which was established with an overall objective of providing education to the children around the community.

The project’s main aim is promote and demonstrate sustainable practices, in particular food production and domestic issues, guided by the ethics and principles of permaculture.

Location

Rusinga Island, Homabay County

Project activities

  • Permaculture which generally involves farm work activities like digging, weeding, slashing, mulching and clearing of bushes in the project’s farm
  • Teaching of mathematics, English and creative arts subject in the school
  • Assisting with general cleaning to the old and sick
  • Weeding, slashing and clearing of bushes
  • Soil conservation and planting of trees in the nearby schools
  • Beach cleanup exercises to improve sanitation and hygiene around the community

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteers will be accommodated at the project institution where all meals shall be provided. There are pit latrines, bath shelters and a kitchen at the project available for use by the volunteers.

BAS Education Centre

Children
Best Affordable Services

BAS (Best Affordable Services) Educational Centre is a project that was established in 2014 as a charity organization in Spring Valley, Matopeni, slums. It focuses on children from extremely poor backgrounds. BAS endeavours to better the lives of the bright poor children whom some resorted to begging in the streets and the females resorted to child prostitution.

Project Profile

BAS (Best Affordable Services) Educational Centre is a project that was established in 2014 as a charity organization in Spring Valley, Matopeni, slums. It focuses on children from extremely poor backgrounds. The founder’s motivation was drawn by former schools within the community sending away vulnerable children from school due to lack of school fees. He thought on how he could better the lives of the bright poor children whom some resorted to begging in the streets and the females resorted to child prostitution. After the close of schools in term three in 2013, he founded a centre to provide education, economic empowerment and HIV and AIDS education including psychosocial support to the orphans and vulnerable children.

The Centre’s core projects are education, orphan support, protection, economic empowerment for older orphans and caregivers, volunteering, internships, educational trips, sports, HIV & AIDS education and gender based violence. The school hosts nearly 200 children from extremely poor backgrounds, aged between 3 and 12 years. The children attend classes from kindergarten to class7. The school has seven teachers and eight classes. They also engage in agriculture practice so as to help in feeding program for the students in the school. The organization has also a registered self-help group that deal in table banking which assists the project staff and the community members.

Location

Kayole Junction Estate, Nairobi County

Project activities

  • Helping in preparation of meals, serving and feeding of the children
  • Assisting in teaching English, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Creative arts subjects
  • Supporting early childhood development through age appropriate games & activities
  • Assisting with administrative work in the school
  • Providing HIV/AIDS awareness lessons to the pupils
  • Assisting in teaching foreign languages and computer basics
  • Assisting with designing of the school website and social media management
  • Informal education which includes dress making, beads making, khaki bag making etc.

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will stay in a host family in Kayole. The host family will provide breakfast and dinner.

Bishop J Waichere Center School

Children
Good Samaritan Children’s Home and Rehabilitation Centre

The Bishop J Waichere Center School provides children from poor families who cannot afford school fees the possibility to attend secondary education. The school offers formal learning in the mornings while there are non-formal education courses in the afternoon (dress making, beat making, etc).

Project Profile

The Bishop J Waichere Center School was founded to provide children from poor families who cannot afford school fees the possibility to attend secondary education. The school therefore offers formal learning in the mornings while there are non-formal education courses in the afternoon (dress making, beat making, etc). These courses are primarily focusing on the provision of practical vocational skills to enable the children/ youth gain employment on the job market later on. Part of the pupils live in the school while others or coming from outside for the classes.

Location

Maai Mahiu, Limuru County

Project activities

  • Assisting in preparation and serving of meals at the school
  • Assisting in teaching (Maths, English, science)
  • Using sports, dancing painting activities to develop creativity in the children
  • Assisting in provision of vocational training courses

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will live with a host family near the project site. The host family will provide breakfast and dinner.

Blessed Sacrament Oriang Complex

Children
Blessed Sacrament Oriang Complex

Blessed Sacrament Oriang Complex is a home for the handicapped. The school section takes care of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in the community. It provides ECDE (Early Childhood Education) and primary education as well as giving them basic needs such as food, shelter and clothes with a mission to explore a solemn, conducive atmosphere for nurturing both spiritually and academic development of the pupils.

Project Profile

Blessed Sacrament Oriang Complex was established by the Catholic Church Mission of Homabay in the year 1994. The complex consists of a school section called Blessed Sacrament and a home for the handicapped called OT IRMGAD Cheshire. The school section takes care of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in the community. Some of the children live at the Centre while some live with care givers at home. It provides ECDE (Early Childhood Education) and primary education as well as giving them basic needs such as food, shelter and clothes with a mission to explore a solemn, conducive atmosphere for nurturing both spiritually and academic development of the pupils. The home for the handicapped takes care of the mentally and physically handicapped children who live at the center. The community and the church is largely involved in the management and payment of school fees and providing teaching resources to the Centre. The little fees paid is used for the general management of the Centre. Currently the school hosts approximately 800 pupils while the home for the handicapped host around 10 children both girls and boys.

Location

Kasipul Kabondo constituency, Homabay County

Project activities

  • Helping  in preparation of meals, serving and feeding the children
  • Helping in nursing services such as taking care of the sick children and giving them medicine
  • Playing together with children through extracurricular activities such a sports and dance
  • Organizing and Giving guiding and counseling sessions
  • Providing physiotherapy sessions to the physically handicapped children
  • Taking them to events outside the school such as music and sports

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteers will be accommodated at the project institution where all meals shall be provided. There are pit latrines, bath shelters and a kitchen at the project available for use by the volunteers.

Blessed to Bless Orphaned Child Self Help Group

Children
Blessed To Bless Orphaned Child Self Help Group

Blessed to Bless Orphaned Child Self Help Group supports the orphans and vulnerable children within the community. The orphans are integrated with other children to enhance equality. It is currently hosting more than 350 children who are aged between 4 to 18 years. Many children have benefited from education in this project since its formation.

Project Profile

Blessed to Bless Orphaned Child Self Help Group was founded in the year 2005 a pastor who was brought up as an orphan himself and consequently had an interest and a vision of helping and supporting the orphans and vulnerable children within the community. He was assisted with other 15 well-wishers within the community whereby they formed a development group that was registered as a self-help group. The well-wishers began with 7 orphans that were being taught under a tree until 2012 when they received some support from an American well-wisher to construct a school for the children for the children. The project started to receive many children that are vulnerable and this resulted into establishment of three more kindergarten schools in different parts of Kakamega. The orphans are integrated with other children to enhance equality. It is currently hosting more than 350 children who are aged between 4 to 18 years. Many children have benefited from education in this project since its formation.

Location

Elwesero village, Kakamega County

Project activities

  • Skill development through teaching of Creative Arts, Drawings, English and simple     Mathematics  subjects
  • Organizing of games and extra-curricular activities for the kids
  • Farm work which includes digging, weeding, watering and planting of crops
  • Assisting with preparation and serving  of meals to support the feeding program
  • Guiding and counseling programs to support the children

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

A host family next to the project site where breakfast and dinner shall be provided will accommodate the volunteers. Lunch will be provided at the orphanage. There are pit latrines, bath shelters and a kitchen at the project available for use by the volunteers.

Brownhill Secondary School

Children
Brownhill Secondary School

Brown Hill Group is a registered community based organization that runs an education facility that best suits the interest of its community members. It aims to enhance quality of education offered in Kayole estate, improve the transition rate of students joining public universities and nurture talents of some former school dropout teenagers.

Project Profile

Brown Hill Group is a registered community based organization, established in the year 2013 to offer community services to the residents of Embakasi. After its registration, the group immediately embarked on running an education facility that best suits the interest of its community members.

The group undertook the setting up of a secondary school that would enhance quality of education offered in Kayole estate, and improve the transition rate of students joining public universities. The project started in 2012 with only 4 students. Since then, the institution has grown with total admissions reaching over 80 students after only a year in operation. In addition to academic objective, the school aims at nurturing of talents to some former school dropout teenagers. As a result, the school football team became Embakasi District champions and proceeded to Nairobi County games. The students are aged between 15 to 18 years.

Location

Kayole Estate, Nairobi East region, Nairobi County

Project activities

  • Teaching a combination of subjects i.e. Mathematics, English, Chemistry and Sciences
  • Counseling sessions on issues relating to drug and substance abuse
  • Visiting and helping orphans and vulnerable children in the nearby slums
  • Playing and organizing of games and sports within the neighboring schools

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will stay in a host family near the project site. The host family will provide both breakfast and dinner to the volunteers.

CIVS Community Service

Organizational
CIVS

CIVS Kenya is a community development agency operating especially in the marginalized and poverty-stricken rural areas of Kenya. We are looking for volunteers to support our head office in Nairobi. Depending on your skills and area of interest, you can help us to improve our online presence.

Project Profile

CIVS Kenya is a community development agency operating especially in the marginalized and poverty-stricken rural areas of Kenya. We pursue an integrated socio-economic and cultural development approach in the fight against poverty and social exclusion of Kenyan communities under the maxim “DEVELOPMENT BY PEOPLE”. We believe that people should retain the responsibility for their own development while CIVS supports, guides and mentors their efforts with innovative and customized high quality services. We are looking for volunteers to support our head office in Nairobi. Depending on your skills and area of interest, you can help us to improve our online presence, specifically in two areas:

  1. Website design (improving/ redesigning the CIVS Kenya website)
  2. Social Media Management (CIVS activities on Facebook, Twitter, CIVS website)

Location

Buruburu Estate, Nairobi East, Nairobi County

Project activities

Website Design:
  • Analyzing the current CIVS Kenya website for areas of improvement & benchmarking it with competitor
  • Making suggestions on website improvement
  • Implement agree website improvements
  • Assisting in orientation of new volunteers
Social Media Marketing:
  • Monitoring & analyzing the current activities of CIVS Kenya on social media platforms and bench marking them with main competitors
  • Making suggestions for improvements for social media appearance & interactions
  • Implement on agreed improvements
  • Setting up a photo database for all project/activities

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will live in a host family near the project site where they will get breakfast and dinner.

Community Health Volunteers

Community
Community Health Volunteers

Community Health Volunteers (CHV) is a community based organization that spearheads the implementation of community health and environmental conservation projects in order to create a better life for communities in Western Kenya. It seeks to design and implement quality HIV/AIDS interventions, as well as to support people living with HIV/AIDS by increasing access and improving the quality of healthcare and referral services for them through increased linkages with the Ministry of Health.

Project Profile

Community Health Volunteers (CHV) is a community based organization established in 2006 by Kenyan volunteers operating within Kakamega County of Kenya. The organization is situated at Virhembe Market and focuses on fighting HIV/AIDS and other health issues. The mission of this project is to spearhead implementation of community health and environmental conservation projects in order to create a better life for communities in Western Kenya.

The organization pursues the aim of expanding capacities of the community in regards to dealing with HIV/AIDS. It seeks to design and implement quality HIV/AIDS interventions, as well as to support people living with HIV/AIDS by increasing access and improving the quality of healthcare and referral services for them through increased linkages with the Ministry of Health. The group also aims to promote safe sexual behaviors and practices among youth and vulnerable groups. Community Health Volunteers in collaboration with DANIDA established a dispensary and are planning to set up a computer-training center that will serve as a learning center for the youth. This is the only dispensary within the area.

Location

Virhembe Market, Kakamega County

Project activities

Website Design:
  • School outreach programs; Awareness creation in the community on sexual and reproductive health
  • Assisting the medical staff in the dispensary
  • Co-coordinating and taking care of the patients
  • Taking patient samples, pulses, temperatures
  • Offering voluntary, counseling and testing  for HIV/AIDS
  • Writing and updating of records in the hospital
  • Jigger treatment  in the community and local schools

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will live in a host family close to the project site. Breakfast and dinner will all be provided by the host family and volunteers will get lunch at the project.

Qualification

Volunteers with computer skills as well as those in the medical field (doctors, nurses, etc) are needed for this project. It is necessary that you should have high motivation and lots of initiative to implement the objectives of the project. You should be ready for any kind of work.

Destiny Children's Home

Children
Destyiny Children's Home

Destiny Children's Home aims to give the orphaned children a home, education, emotional and spiritual guidance, medical help and to improve the lives of the children. It serves 31 vulnerable children from ages 3 months to 17years. Most of the children are orphans; for others, their parents have mental problems, other children have been abandoned.

Project Profile

Destiny Children's Home was started in year 2000 as a street boys feeding program and registered as a community-based organization. The centre was started with the main goal of giving the orphaned children a home, education, emotional and spiritual guidance, medical help and to improve the lives of the children I totality. It serves 31 vulnerable children from ages 3 months to 17years. Most of the children are orphans; for others, their parents have mental problems, other children have been abandoned. There are also Maasai girls that have been rescued from early marriage and Female Genital Mutilation. The project has managed to educate the children in neighboring schools and after they are educated, the children are reunited back with their societies through an exit program. It also offers shelter, food, clothing, medical care, rehabilitation, clothing, sports, and counseling for the children.

Location

Nasra Estate, East of Nairobi, Nairobi County

Project activities

  • Taking care of the younger children as well as playing with them
  • Assisting in preparation and serving of meals
  • Assisting in general cleaning of the centre
  • Training the children in music and poems
  • Feeding the young children
  • Taking care of the abandoned babies

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will stay in a host family, which is about 10 minutes’ walk to the project. The host family will provide both breakfast and dinner to the volunteers.

Fortune Learner's Centre

Children
Fortune Learner's Centre

Fortune Learners Centre is a charity organization that endeavours to better the lives of these poor children who have resorted to begging in the streets. Fortune’s core areas are education, orphan support and protection, economic empowerment for older orphans and caregivers, volunteer/Internships, educational trips, sports HIV/AIDS and gender based violence awareness.

Project Profile

Fortune Learners Centre is a project that was founded in year 2013 as a charity organization by 10 social workers from Kayole and Soweto slums who were working in various schools as untrained teachers. Their motivation was drawn by watching their former schools sending away vulnerable children from school due to lack of school fees. They thought how they could better the lives of these poor children who had resorted to begging in the streets.

The untrained teachers agreed to start a community centre to provide education, economic empowerment and HIV/AIDS education including psychological support to the orphans, vulnerable children and their caregivers. Fortune’s core areas are education, orphan support and protection, economic empowerment for older orphans and caregivers, volunteer/Internships, educational trips, sports HIV/AIDS and gender based violence awareness. The school hosts nearly 100 children from extremely poor backgrounds, aged between 3 and 12 years. The children attend classes from class 1 to 8. The school has seven teachers.

Location

Kayole estate, East of Nairobi, Nairobi County

Project activities

  • Assisting in teaching English, Mathematics, Social Sciences and creative arts subjects
  • Supporting early childhood development through age appropriate games & activities
  • Helping in  preparation and serving of food
  • Assisting with administrative work of the school
  • Providing HIV/AIDS awareness lessons to the pupils

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will stay in a host family in Buruburu near the CIVS office. The host family will provide breakfast and dinner.

Geli Community Academy

Children
Geli Community Academy

Geli Community Academy is an orphans faith based project that donates clothes, books, food and uniforms to orphans or abandoned children. The children have been orphaned for various reasons, although majority are due to the HIV epidemic, poverty and unwanted pregnancies.

Project Profile

Geli Community Academy is an orphans faith based project that was started in year 2015 by a social worker and a pastor. At its inception, the project was donating clothes, books, food and uniforms to vulnerable children in the area. These are either orphans or abandoned children. The children have been orphaned for various reasons, although majority are due to the HIV epidemic, poverty and unwanted pregnancies. The children’s circumstances and histories are as different as their personalities, but now they have the optimism and opportunity for a more positive future. The dedicated caregivers at the project are working hard to provide the basics of life such as food; they also engage the children in activities like dancing, music, poems, playing football, and general counselling. However, they are acutely aware that it is education, which can break the cycle of poverty. By the year 2016, the project was supporting 30 children, and in year 2018 the project started a school with the main aim of providing quality and affordable education to the children since most of them were not going to school. Currently 38 children are being supported by the project.

Location

Mowlem Nyamasaria location, Kisumu County

Project activities

  • Helping  in preparation of meals, serving and feeding the children
  • Helping in training the children in music and poems
  • Teaching of subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science and Sign language
  • Helping with dressmaking and tailoring activities
  • Training the children how to read and write as well as assisting them with their homework
  • Playing together with children and organizing of sports and dance activities

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteers will be accommodated in a host family, which is 10 minutes walk from the project. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the host family while lunch will be served at the school.

Good Samaritan Children’s Home and Rehabilitation Centre

Children
Good Samaritan Children’s Home and Rehabilitation Centre

Good Samaritan Children’s Home and Rehabilitation Centre facilitates holistic care for vulnerable children by enhancing their growth and development through provision of shelter, education and other basic needs. The children are victims of teenage pregnancy, child abuse or torture, orphans and those infected by HIV/AIDS. The home offers shelter to over 300 children who are of between 8months to 18 years of age.

Project Profile

Good Samaritan Children’s Home and Rehabilitation Centre was founded in 1991 with a mission to facilitate holistic care for vulnerable children by enhancing their growth and development through provision of shelter, education and other basic needs. The children are victims of teenage pregnancy, child abuse or torture, orphans and those infected by HIV/AIDS. The home offers shelter to over 300 children who are of between 8months to 18 years of age. Depending on their age, the infants (8 months to 2 years old) stay at the home and are taken care by their caregivers while those who are 3yrs to 6 years of age attend a kindergarten, which is at the home as they are prepared to join primary school. The other children are supported through uniforms and school fees to join different public primary and secondary school near the home. Since its establishment, the home has supported over 4000 orphans and vulnerable children from different parts of Nairobi city mainly from the streets and slums. The children are transformed and reconnected back to their extended families, those who don’t have any family are assisted to get a job and start their own life and always welcomed back to the home in case of any problem. Apart from children’s welfare development, The Home engages in a number of activities for purposes of self-sustainability such as zero grazing and livestock farm unit, which generate income for the home and provide meat and milk for the children.

Location

Eastern part of Nairobi County

Workcamp activities

  • Teaching basic subjects such as reading, drawing and artwork as well as assisting the older children with homework
  • Taking care of the cattle and helping with the dairy farming
  • Care giving services which includes feeding and taking care of the infants
  • Assisting with preparation and serving of meals to the children
  • Playing and organizing extracurricular activities with the children
  • Organizing life skills sessions for the older children

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will stay in a host family in Buruburu. The host family will provide breakfast and dinner and volunteers will get lunch at the Children’s Home.

Holy Family Oriang Health Centre

Community
Holy Family Oriang Health Centre

Holy Family Oriang Health Centre is a non-profit health institution that provides quality, accessible and affordable health care to the community. It offers health services like outpatient and inpatient, deliveries, Maternal Child Health care (MCH), comprehensive care for HIV/AIDS patients, community health education and laboratory services.

Project Profile

Holy Family Oriang Health Centre is a non-profit health institution of the Catholic Diocese of Homabay. Established in 1994 it has been providing quality, accessible and affordable health care to the community in the area. The center offers health services like outpatient and inpatient, deliveries, Maternal Child Health care (MCH), comprehensive care for HIV/AIDS patients, community health education and laboratory services. The main goal of the centre is to provide or facilitate the provision of quality, efficient and effective healthcare services to the community.

The Centre has opened its doors to all HIV/AIDS patients in the area where they can get access to medical services under a comprehensive Care Package. The patients receive free testing, counseling and medicine. The staff also goes to the villages to reach to many people who are unable to afford to reach the health centre for treatment. This is because most people hardly afford to seek for healthcare services mainly due to stigma therefore leading to high death rates.

Location

Kasipul Kabondo constituency, Homabay County

Project activities

  • Assisting the medical staff in the dispensary
  • Co-coordinating and taking care of the patients.
  • Taking patient samples, pulses, and temperature information
  • Preparing and updating of records in the hospital
  • Providing advice and emotional support to patients
  • Community mobilization programs

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteers will be accommodated at the project institution where all meals shall be provided. There are pit latrines, bath shelters and a kitchen at the project available for use by the volunteers.

Kaimosi Special School

Community
Kaimosi Special School

Kaimosi Special School empowers mentally and physically people by giving them basic education and hope for future life as well as to make them be self-reliant and integrate them into the society. Currently the School hosts about 104 disabled people who are children and young adults whose ages range from 6 years to about 32 years and they are from different communities. The school offer skills to them in different classes such as Autism class, Foundation class, and intermediate class, prevocational and vocational class.

Project Profile

Kaimosi Special School was founded by missionaries from Quakers Friends church in the year 1987 with an aim of empowering the disabled people (both mentally and physically) from the communities. The project also was to give them basic education and hope for future life as well as to make them be self-reliant and integrate them into the society. Currently the School hosts about 104 disabled people who are children and young adults whose ages range from 6 years to about 32 years and they are from different communities. Most of the beneficiaries have autistism, Down syndrome, other mental challenges, multiple handicapped and epileptic and therefore they are engaged to different classes according to their disabilities and their level of understanding. The school offer skills to them in different classes such as Autism class, Foundation class, and intermediate class, prevocational and vocational class. The school is now a full boarding national school which is supported by the government of Kenya and the friend’s Quaker church.

Location

Kaimosi, Hamisi Constituency, Vihiga County

Volunteering activities

  • Helping  in preparation of meals, serving and feeding the children
  • Helping in nursing services such as taking care of the sick and giving them medicine
  • Engaging in dressmaking and tailoring
  • Training children vocational skills such as agriculture, weaving, tailoring, carpentry and bead work
  • Playing together with children through extracurricular activities such a sports and dance
  • Assisting with physiotherapy
  • Assisting in mobility
  • Organizing and Giving guiding and counseling sessions
  • Taking them to events outside the school such as music and sports

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteers will be accommodated in a host family, which is 15 minutes walk from the project. Breakfast and dinner shall be provided at the host family while lunch shall be served at the project. There are toilets, bath shelters and a kitchen at the project.

Kaya Kinondo Ecotourism Project

Ecotourism
Kaya Kinondo Ecotourism Project

Kaya Kinondo ecotourism project is a pilot project that seeks to initiate and test the viability of ecotourism as a means of linking conservation to tangible social and economic benefits of local community.

Project Profile

Kaya Kinondo ecotourism project is a pilot project that seeks to initiate and test the viability of ecotourism as a means of linking conservation to tangible social and economic benefits of local community. This conservation and development group started with the aim of coordinating conservation and developmental activities in the area. All incomes of the project go towards maintenance of the Kaya, cultural ceremonies, community projects such as schools and water projects. Finally, through a financial services association established by the community as part of the project, the project gave loans to community groups and individuals within the area to initiate income generating micro projects.

Location

Ukunda, Kwale County

Volnteering activities

  • Provide assistance to project management regarding improvement of ecotourism activities and microfinance
  • Support the Marketing of Kaya Kinondo Ecotourism Project on social media
  • Assist in survey and assessment of Kaya ecosystems
  • General cleaning of the project site

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will live together with a host family where they will get basic meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Kiereni Secondary School

Children
Kiereni Secondary School

Kiereni Secondary School is a learning institution for secondary students comprising of 520 students, both boys and girls. The school has 12 classes and was established in 1987 by the PCEA church. The institution has both teaching staff as well as non-teaching staff, who have the responsibility to lead the students to become responsible people in society.

Project Profile

Kiereni Secondary School is a learning institution for secondary students comprising of 520 students, both boys and girls. The school has 12 classes and was established in 1987 by the PCEA church. The institution has both teaching staff as well as non-teaching staff, who have the responsibility to lead the students to become responsible people in society.

It offers educational services that are relevant to the growth of the local community. The school offers boarding facilities to the students. The school offers the Ministry of Education recommended curriculum with the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) as the final examination at the end of 4th year. Co-curricular activities include games and sports, drama, music, scouting, girl guides, Science Congress and debating.

Location

Chuka, Tharaka-Nithi County

Volunteering activities

  • Assisting in teaching of physics, biology, chemistry, English and Mathematics subjects
  • Organizing, coordinating and participating in extracurricular activities like athletics, football and coordination of clubs in the school like scouting, drama, music etc.
  • Supporting and developing the environmental conservation and farm work of the school

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will be accommodated within the project site. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the host family and volunteers will get lunch in the school.

Kyale Small Home

Physically handicapped children
Kyale Small Home

Volunteer in the Eastern region of Kenya and work with physically handicapped children in Kyale Small Home. This is a school and a home that was established in 1994. A primary school and Catholic Church surround this home, which currently houses 21 children. These kids are boys and girls aged between 10 to 19 years.

Project Profile

Volunteer in the Eastern region of Kenya and work with physically handicapped children in Kyale Small Home. This is a school and a home that was established in 1994. A primary school and Catholic Church surround this home, which currently houses 21 children. These kids are boys and girls aged between 10 to 19 years. These children have suffered accidents, handicaps from or during birth, snakebites, and polio among other disabilities.

This home was established to cater for the challenged children within the local community. Every child is entitled to better care and upbringing. In most Kenyan societies, the physically challenged children get stigmatization from other members of the community making them feel less than human. Most people speak Kikamba as a native language. Farming is widely practiced for a living e.g. livestock poultry, small-scale farming of maize, beans, coffee, sweet potatoes, bananas, and vegetables. Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, may be seen from the home.

Location

Nunguni, in the Eastern region of Kenya

Volunteering activities

  • Working in the home's kitchen and vegetable garden
  • Helping children study and organizing of extra-curricular activities such as indoor games
  • Assisting the children with wheel chair mobility
  • Helping with arrangement and preparation of the beds
  • Assisting with preparation and serving of meals
  • Training the kids in creativity through games and doing handicraft work as well as assisting them with their homework

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteers will be accommodated at the project site where all meals shall be provided. There are pit latrines, bath shelters and a kitchen at the project available for use by the volunteers.

Magodo Childrens Home

Children
Magodo Childrens Home

Magodo Children's Home was started in the year 1990 and registered as a community-based organization. The project’s main objective is to facilitate the provision of basic needs to vulnerable children and to further their education by supporting them spiritually, emotionally and psychologically to the best of our ability.

Project Profile

It serves around 500 vulnerable poor children and orphans living with their relatives in the nearby slums. It further supports 80 vulnerable orphans and destitute children of Magodo Children's Home and serves the community at large.

The home provides basic needs such as shelter, food, clothing, medical care, rehabilitation and education. The complex Centre offers primary school education which starts from class 1 to 8, non-formal education; i.e. vocational training, technical training, HIV/AIDS campaigns, feeding programs, medical, clothing, sports, rehabilitation and counseling at the Center and through house-to-house outreach programs, seminars, workshops etc.

Location

Harambee Estate, Nairobi County

Volunteering activities

  • Taking care of the younger children as well as playing with them
  • Assisting in preparation and serving of meals
  • Feeding the young children
  • Assisting in teaching English, Mathematics and Social Studies
  • Ensuring general cleanliness of the compound

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will be hosted by a host family in Buruburu estate, which is about 30 minutes drive to the project. The host family will provide breakfast and dinner.

Makongeni Youth Group

Youth
Makongeni Youth Group

The Makongeni youth group is a non-political and religious registered as a self-help group under the social service department in 2010 found in Kwale County, Msambweni Sub-county Kinondo Ward. The group’s main goal is to empower and engage youth from the community to participate in community development.

Project Profile

Currently more than 30 members are connected to the youth group varying in age from years 17 to 35 and with a variety of educational, religious and social backgrounds. The main objective for its establishment was to give all youth within the community opportunity to participate in a process of improving their ability to express their interest, participate in capacity building activities and improve their wellbeing.

Since its inception the group has been involved in community projects such as the creation and maintenance of a computer learning centre and a free studying room, strengthening the confidence of the youth and their work, developing general skills, building character and promoting citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism as well as promoting healthy lifestyle of the youth and community members.

Location

Makongeni Vilage, Kwale County

Volunteering activities

  • Environmental conservation and sanitation which include tree planting and village clean-up exercises
  • Beads and bracelets making introducing the idea to the kids at the local schools as stewardship of the project in future
  • Permaculture/sustainable farming, gardening and food security
  • General cleaning of the surrounding within the project

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will live with a host family in the project site. The host family will provide breakfast lunch and dinner.

Marianne Centre

Physically handicapped children
Marianne Centre

There are around 2.9 million individuals with various forms of mental disabilities in Kenya. These Kenyans face many obstacles in their daily lives since many communities still consider mental disability an ailment caused by witchcraft and black magic.

Project Profile

These individuals are more than capable of developing useful skills given adequate support. The current education system is unable to support young adults who have mental disabilities since they cannot enroll in an ordinary secondary school and are often too old to attend primary schools.

Marianne Center Foundation began in 2010 to help individuals with disabilities aged 16 to 50 years. Marianne is a vocational training center that offers support for these individuals and their families. There are around 40 Kenyans enrolled in this center who have different disabilities including Autism and Down syndrome. The students are divided and grouped into classes depending on their abilities so that they are trained on important vocational skills such as beadwork, baking, farming, activities of daily living (ADL) among others.

The mission of this organization is to make a difference in the life of young adults with special needs and disabilities in order to be self-reliant and easily integrated into mainstream life without fear of stigmatization.

Location

Mutarakwa, Limuru, Kiambu County

Volunteering activities

  • Assisting in teaching of various subjects such as Mathematics, Language, writing and computer lessons
  • Promoting core activities such as such as drawing, sewing, bead-work and gardening
  • Running activities of daily living such as cleaning, personal hygiene etc
  • Organizing extra-curricular activities such as sports and nature walks
  • Provision of guiding and counseling services to the students

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteers will be accommodated at the project site where they will have their own rooms and will get basic meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner.

New Alumni Educational Centre

Children
New Alumni Educational Centre

New Alumni Educational Center began as a tuition center in the year 2011 teaching 2 children under a tree.  Currently the center has around 200 students. The school has both teaching and nonteaching staff of which some of them are volunteering. The school is registered as a Community Based Organization.

Project Profile

The main objective of the center is to see a transformed society by nurturing global leaders who will effect positive change in their communities and the world at large. The center reaches out to the less fortunate in the society and bringing their dreams into reality. The school offers mentorship programs to the students as well as holding social justice events at the school.

The school offers the Ministry of Education recommended curriculum with the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) as the final examination at the end of 4th year. The school engages in extra-curricular activities such as games and sports, drama, music, scouting, girl guides, Science Congress and debating.

The mission of this organization is to make a difference in the life of young adults with special needs and disabilities in order to be self-reliant and easily integrated into mainstream life without fear of stigmatization.

Location

Limuru road, Nairobi County

Volunteering activities

  • Assisting in teaching physics, biology, chemistry, English and Mathematics subjects
  • Organizing, coordinating and participating in extracurricular activities like athletics, football and coordination of clubs in the school like scouting, drama and music

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will live in a host family near the project site where they will get breakfast and dinner and volunteers will get lunch in the school.

PEHUCCI (Peace Humanitarian Christian Centre International)

Children
Peace Humanitarian Christian Centre International

Peace Humanitarian Christian Centre International is a community initiative project that was founded in 1993 to empower orphaned and destitute children around Ruai location. The project aims to secure a brighter future for children through nutrition, education support and spiritual awareness.

Project Profile

Apart from offering educational opportunities to the children, the center also aims at dealing with the vices of crime, drugs and substance among the children and youth staying in the area.

Currently, the centre has about 580 students from pre-primary to high school level who are aged between 3 to 18 years. The centre has 9 teachers and 2 non teaching staff. Additionally, the centre has an orphanage where orphans and vulnerable children live. It also has a small kiosk, which they sell some foodstuff and other commodities thus sustaining the needs of the Orphans and vulnerable children.

The Centre also offers guiding and counseling sessions. It also offers vocational training to girls who have dropped out of school to attain skills in dress making which can help them acquire self-employment to sustain their livelihoods. The centre offers these through tailoring classes and salon lessons.

Location

Njiru East, Nairobi County

Volunteering activities

  • Assisting in teaching of nursery, lower and upper primary classes
  • Provide counseling sessions to the students
  • Working in the orphanage farm to improve farm output
  • Empowering the minors to be self reliant
  • Teaching tailoring skills to the students
  • Support the promotion of education and other related affairs in the community
  • Develop children’s’ creativity through sporting activities, drama and music
  • Fundraising activities for the project

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will live with a host family near the project site. The host family will provide breakfast and dinner.

Phanero School Mbale

Children
Phanero School Mbale

Phanero School is a community development initiative that was initiated by a University Professor with the main purpose of bringing together orphans and vulnerable children and integrates them other children so that they can be provided with quality education and life skills.

Project Profile

The school currently has 100 children from the age of 2years to 10 years. The centre also runs a counselling unit whose main objective is to empower families and individuals battling with marriage challenges, poverty, juvenile delinquency, HIV/AIDS and other problems that leverage with the problem of drugs and alcohol addiction with a holistic treatment and care for the family.

The school provides education, meals and engages the children in extra-curricular activities like playing games, singing and dancing.

Location

Mbale town, Vihiga County

Volunteering activities

  • Helping in preparation of meals, serving and feeding the children
  • Training children how to read and write as well as assisting them with their homework
  • Engaging in beadwork and craft work
  • Teaching of subjects such as English, mathematics, science and sign language
  • Playing together with children through extracurricular activities such a sports and dance
  • Doing community health outreach programs

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will be hosted in a host family that is 10 minutes walk from the project. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the host family while lunch will be provided at the project.

Shelter of Hope Academy

Children
Shelter Of Hope Academy

Shelter of hope Academy was started in the year 2005 by a Pastor with an aim of developing and improving the lives of orphans and vulnerable children and youths from poor slums.

Project Profile

They also wanted to rescue street children who have families but due to poverty they end up in the streets in search of food and survival, these children are guided and counseled then taken back to school and given basic education.

Currently, the school offer education from Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) to sixth grade. The school has a total number of 250 pupils where 135 are girls and 115 are boys. These pupils come from kiambiu slum and its neighboring areas. The school has a feeding program for these pupils and they are offered a balanced diet lunch every day since most of the pupils cannot afford to carry their own lunch from home. The school also actively participates in games and sports.

Location

Kiambiu slums, Nairobi County

Volunteering activities

  • Teaching a combination of subjects i.e. Mathematics, English and science
  • Counseling sessions on issues relating to drug and substance abuse
  • Helping in supervision and marking of exams
  • Playing and organizing of games and sports with the neighboring schools

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteers will be accommodated in Bururburu closer to CIVS office at a host family. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the host family while lunch will be served at the project. There are pit latrines, bath shelters and a kitchen at the project available for use by the volunteers.

St. Charles Lwanga Children's Centre and Secondary School

Children
St. Charles Lwanga Children's Centre and Secondary School

Charles Lwanga Secondary School and Children’s Centre started as place where orphaned, homeless and abandoned children were rescued and provided with shelter, food and a place to call home.

Project Profile

Brother John started by gathering children, rehabilitating and relocating them into schools, but later realized it was becoming difficult in some cases as existing schools didn’t want to integrate children from the street into their classrooms. This necessitated, in part, starting the school, which in just four years he transformed the little used residence, owned by the Order of St. Charles Lwanga, into classrooms, a dormitory, dining hall.

The students, all former street kids living a difficult life in crime-ridden neighborhoods, now proudly wear their school’s uniform and call the Children’s Centre “home”. The children were rescued from the dumps and slums of Nairobi and given a chance to gain an education and end the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Today they are provided with a safe place to live, a reliable source of nutritious food and the opportunity to gain high school education with the possibility of post-secondary education. Brother John hopes that with donations to the Centre, he and his team can build a bigger school with an integrated approach to nurture children through academics to become responsible citizens of the world.

Location

Ruai, Nairobi County

Volunteering activities

  • Teaching a combination of subjects i.e. Mathematics, English, Chemistry and Sciences
  • Counseling sessions on issues relating to drug and substance abuse
  • Organizing a life skill sessions with students
  • Playing and organizing of games and sports with the neighboring schools

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will be accommodated within the project and all meals will be provided.

St. Michaels Day Care and Rescue Centre

Children
St. Michaels Day Care and Rescue Centre

Established in 2013, St. Michaels Day Care and Rescue Centre is an institution for the preschool aged children and young girls who have been rescued from streets of Ukunda.

Project Profile

Many of the parents find themselves away from their homes the entire day in the quest for food, water and work and are not able to afford to pay house helps to take care of their children while they are at their work places.

The centre takes care of children whose parents have low-income jobs or are unemployed mostly of whom have semi-permanent jobs. The centre also supports young girls who have been left homeless and abandoned by their families. While they are away searching for semi-permanent jobs, the project provides a safe place for their small children by providing meals and basic education. Since the target group is quite poor and due to the scarcity of foodstuffs, many of the children at the center find their only meal of the day there.

Location

Ukunda District, Kwale County

Volunteering activities

  • Assisting in the preparation of meals and feeding of the children
  • Developing age appropriate sports activities to promote the physical health of the children
  • Developing in and out-door extra-curricular activities to develop creativity of the children
  • Assisting in teaching children basics of language, speaking, writing, etc

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will stay in a host family within the project site. The host family will provide meals.

St. Vianeey Academy

Children
St. Vianeey Academy

Vianeey Academy and Children Centre provides education and feeding program to children aged 3-14 years. The children are from low income families, orphans, from single parents and others have disabilities and special needs. The Centre was established in 2016, this came as a result of the founders great passion to help the needy children, love for the children and selfless heart to help the needy.

Project Profile

His mission is to go all over the country and reach the needy children, work with the young women and youth to establish a community college where they can learn skills to empower themselves and support their families. In his mission he realized that, most children in Rodi area are orphans, other had dropped out of school and others were left out as they dint conform to the set pass marks in various schools, he was challenged by this and it geared him to establishing a Centre where these children can get quality education to equip them for their future lives.

The Centre has opened its doors to all children where they can get access to medical which is a challenge In Rodi as people hardly access a medical facility therefore leading to high death rates and also high cost of attaining medication.

Vianeey academy and children Centre is a democratic Centre that aims at providing quality education to the children through professional teaching and acquisition of books for the children, provision of recreation activities where the children can discover their talents at a tender age, provision feeding program as some of the families can barely afford meals in a day.

Location

Rodi, Homabay County

Volunteering activities

  • Assisting in preparation and serving of meals.
  • Provision of nursing and health education services
  • Assisting in provision of basic education to the children (simple mathematics, English, science and computer studies)
  • Training children in sports, music, poems and dancing
  • Painting and drawing activities to help in development of creativity in the children
  • Taking care of the younger children as well as playing with them.
  • Taking care of domestic animals like cattle, chicken and pigs.
  • Offering guidance services to children.

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will be accommodated within the project and all meals will be provided.

Toto Angel Center

Children
Toto Angel Center

Toto Angel Center was founded in 2013. It is currently supporting 30 children between 3 – 12 years from a variety of backgrounds. The situation in Kayole Estate where the center is located is characterized by a high poverty rate, low education and marginalization of the community.

Project Profile

Many vulnerable children are neglected and abandoned by their caregivers. Toto angel Center provides a safe place where children can spend the day, get a warm meal, basic education and play. 22 children are currently enrolled in the centers pre-school group and another 8 are supported in local primary schools with books, tuition and lunch.

Eleven of the children are without a caretaker and live at the center. In order to change the situation in the community the center has also started regular dialog & problem solving sessions as well as a soccer club for adults.

Location

Kayole Estate, Nairobi County

Volunteering activities

  • Assisting in preparation and serving of meals
  • Assisting in provision of basic education to the children (simple maths, English, science)
  • Using sports, dancing painting activities to develop creativity in the children
  • Maintenance of the center
  • Support community engagement activities

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteer will live with a host family near the project site. The host family will provide breakfast and dinner.

Tumaini Fund for Economic Development International

Children
Tumaini Fund For Economic Development International

Tumaini Fund for Economic Development (TFEDI) aims to support the local community through church development projects, entrepreneurship education and training, business advocacy and the provision of micro credits to start up small businesses.

Project Profile

TFEDI started in February 2005. The project offers workshops and trainings for the community to improve business management skills and enhance development at a micro enterprise level. The organization has been able to generate funds from their members which they use to cater for the needs of the vulnerable members of the society by supporting to acquire basic enterprenual skills in managing small scale businesses.

Micro-Finance clearly has a role to play in the fight against HIV/AIDS as it contributes to strengthening a household safety net. Micro-Finance cannot by itself change the face of HIV/AIDS. It can help ease the financial and other burdens of those living with HIV/AIDS and can help to promote behavior change.

Location

Rodi, Homabay County

Volunteering activities

  • Data entry and organization in the computer and expanding the projects database
  • Monitoring and evaluation of how loans disbursed is used by small scale businesses within the local community
  • Micro finance which includes looking for donors and funds to support the organization
  • Implementation of reports as profit and losses and the improvement the administration processes by organizing a proper filing system
  • Working activities outside the office as visiting small-scale business members all around Nairobi suburbs

Accomodation and Sites of Interest

The volunteers will be accommodated in a host family which is 10 minutes walk from the project. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the host family while lunch will be served at the project. The project accepts only volunteer are willing to be at the project for two months or more.