Angels of Hope Children's Home (KEN-65)


Type: Children - Country: Kenya

Brief description and main aims

The project's aims are:

  • To improve the living standards of the less privileged in the society
  • To improve accessibility to water and health facilities for the community.
  • To enhance sanitary services and hygiene in the communities
  • To reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in the rural areas.
  • To facilitate accessibility to water in the rural areas
  • To involve the community in changing their status in life

Main Activities

  • Empowering women and the youth both economically and socially.
  • Creating awareness on Female Genital Mutilation.
  • Advocating for people with disabilities.
  • Feeding programmes
  • Education
  • Supply of school uniforms and stationaries
  • Youth seminars and workshops
  • People Living With HIV/AIDS training and counselling

Volunteer tasks

By working alongside current staff members, the volunteer can experience the way of living in
Kiptere. As the staff is educated they share their experiences so the volunteer can have a
greater understanding of medical conditions.

Some of the volunteer's tasks are:

  • Teaching in the school
  • Organizing tournaments for youth and children
  • Spiritual guidance and counselling for all
  • Helping out in seminars and workshops

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The volunteer must:

  • Adapt the environment(cold and rainy weather)
  • Be able to walk long distances (sometimes there might not be readily available transport because the place is remote)
  • Be able walk up-downhill because of the geographical setup of the area
  • Be able to ride on a motorcycle(being the main mode of transport from the remote areas to the main road which are not rain friendly)
  • Be able to speak and write in English
  • Be willing to learn a few words from the local language for the benefit of the illiterate persons in the community
  • Be able to teach
  • Have disposition to do counselling
  • Be responsible
  • Be a team player
  • Be able to integrate with any cultural or traditional lifestyle including available

-either or both male and female acceptable
-no age limit as long as he/she has all the above and is in good health
-of higher standing morals and integrity

-any professional background is acceptable
-able to integrate with any culture or traditional lifestyle including available foods

Location

Geographical
Cold and wet climate characterized with heavy rains most months of the year.
Hilly and sloppy (steep hills) topography with permanent rivers in the valleys.
Huge foliage/trees and other vegetation.

Social
Mainly dominated by Christians from various denominations
Deeply rooted in culture and traditions e.g. FGM; Male chauvinism and feeding habits
Girl negligence although not very common.
A heavily dependent society.


Economical
Small scale farming, livestock keeping, poultry and merry-go-rounds for women and youth groups.
The majority of them are very poor, living at a bare minimum of less than one dollar per day.

More Information

Bring modest official clothing since it is a school, covered shoes preferably.

Also bring a sleeping bag, just in case, for travelling.

A mosquito net is vital, but the volunteer could buy them here at cheaper price.

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