Manual work and Intercultural activities:
• Brick making and construction work at the Polytechnic
• Youth Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development Program (YELD) implementation
• Rice farming
• Poultry keeping
• Inter-cultural learning coupled with home visits for exposure to development challenges.
• Possibility to visit the historic sites like Hippo point on Lake Victoria in Kisumu City, renowned Kakamega Rain Forest and the Equator point at Maseno University; among other spectacular sites of interest in the region. However, this will be done most probably during the weekends.
• Volunteers will stay in a homestead within the community with very basic living conditions. Volunteers have an obligation to climb down the level of the people with the aim of exposure to development challenges.
• KVDA will provide foodstuffs and volunteers will cook their own meals in turns. Water is available from springs and it is recommended that drinking water should be boiled or medicated. Mineral water available at supermarkets is also recommended.
• The Government policy to install ICT in primary schools has seen connectivity to the national power grid for most educational institutions in Kenya and this makes it easy for volunteers to use electric appliances while at the project.
• Furthermore, we invite you to bring typical food, spices, drinks, games and music from your country (for an intercultural evening) – and a lot of motivation!
KVDA offers educational tours to spectacular sites including the renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve at separate fees. Please contact us for specific tour information.
Arise and Shine Care Center is a non-profitable Community Based Organization (CBO) which is an initiative between Piny Pek, and Otieno Okado Youth Groups. The CBO was started in April 2010 and later registered in November 2010 under the Ministry Of Gender, Child and Social Development .NO. NDO /CBO/878484. It is located in Ramula Sub-Location, Ombeyi Location, Miwani Division, Muhoroni District, Kisumu County. It lies slightly 29km from Kisumu City and 8km from Ahero Town within Ombeyi Market as its operation site.
Ombeyi region as a whole has approximately 26,000 inhabitants and exclusively depends on agriculture as a source of their subsistence and cash income. Due to environmental changes especially depletion of soil through floods, backward agricultural practices, ignorance, premature deaths due to HIV/AIDS and other epidemics which have affected the agricultural production and the income of cash crops (rice & sugarcane) in negative ways, it has led to acute poverty, higher child mortality, increasing illiteracy rate cross cutting between the gender and even early marriages among the youth.
Due to the increasing poverty, unemployment, the division of labour by gender and age groups, it has been found that the youths are more dependants on their parents and guardians. Piny Pek Youth Group saw it wise forming a network with Otieno Okado Youth Group to come up with a way forward in order to alleviate all these problems, thus easing the burden on age through youth empowerment and involvement. This networking between the two groups has given birth to Arise and Shine Care Center.
OBJECTIVE / AIM
1) Empowerment of youths towards sustainable development geared towards poverty eradication.
2) Protect and nurture natural environment
3) To aid in the spread and creation of awareness on democratic principles
4) Creation of job opportunities targeting the youths and the less privileged members of the community.
MISSION: To develop an effective institution with sustainable programme aimed at youth empowerment and promotion of community and family based sustainable intervention.
APPROPRIATE:- To influence change and development of community and extra community institution, structures, values, systems and policies that cause and reinforce poverty, dependence, injustice, discrimination, inequalities, exploitation, oppression and persistent lack of the requisite capacity for active and full voluntary participation and involvement of the poor people and youths in their social economic and political development.
ESSENTAL:- To effective and efficient achievement of the goals of youth survival, development, protection and participation, poverty reduction and protection of the natural environment through beneficiary participatory production and reproduction of an innovative combination of the following services; empowerment of youths through information and food production, appropriate technology for community informal sector development, lastly racial, religious, political, sectarian, regional and tribal basis.
STRATEGY: To implement its mission, the organization should strengthen the community groups with emphasis to the youths which helps them improve their lives.
The organization facilitates the participatory rural appraisal methods that move awareness resulting to community action plan. The organization also provides trainings to youths group leaders on the basis of P.R.D (Participatory Rural Development) methods.
VISION: To come up with an institution with an instrumental programme aimed at achieving and empowered community with avenues for sustainable development, aimed at reducing poverty index and giving top priority to the less privileged members of the community
THEME: Youth Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development
Youth Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development
Description of the Problem/Challenges
Challenges Facing Youth in Kenya: Below are some risk factors that affect entrepreneurship development in particular:
Rites of Passage: The absence of rites of passage means that youth are no longer well prepared for adulthood by the traditional means of providing youth with mentors who give them advice to equip them for adulthood;
Education: Suitability of education/vocational training for the labor market. There is limited access to secondary schools and alternative forms of education are lacking. There is also a need for life skills training in the education curriculum. At present, students are trained just to pass exams;
Inequality/regional disparity: There is inequality in many fields, and often this has a regional aspect. Youth in certain geographical regions are marginalized, with restricted access to opportunities that are available to other young persons. In
urban areas, poor youth and those living in slum areas have severely limited access to services and opportunities;
Society’s attitude towards youth: Youth face discrimination purely on the grounds of age. This is legitimatized by beliefs such as wisdom only comes with age, and that youth is merely a transition period. Society also perceives youth as irresponsible and troublemakers. This perception may contribute to difficulty in obtaining credit;
Expectations of youth: Society’s expectations of young people are not very clear. A gap in expectations has opened between what parents and older generations expect of youth on the one hand, and the expectations of youth themselves (influenced by their peers, and the media, etc.). Society’s expectations of youth may overshadow personal expectations and overwhelm youth. There is also an assumption that white-collar jobs are best and little encouragement is offered to youth to take up blue-collar jobs;
Displacement: Especially in slum areas, the demolition of homes has displaced many youths. Others were rendered homeless by the politically inspired ethnic clashes around election time in the 1990s. Homes on proposed road routes, close to power lines and railway tracks are being demolished. The social consequences, both short and long term, of such displacement are severe;
Policies: Gaps in, and unsuitability of, existing policy can be cited, along with important problems of implementation. Absence of youth participation in actual decision-making or implementation of policies affecting them was also cited. Youth are merely used as tokens in the policy formulation process;
Corruption: Corruption can be cited as one of the major risk factors affecting youth. It results in unequal access to resources. It is especially cited as a problem when youth are trying to establish businesses. Those who lack money to bribe have difficulty in getting assistance to set up their businesses;
Transition: Kenya is undergoing transition in many areas and this affects youth particularly. For example, there is a transition from an agrarian to an information based society, yet knowledge is not keeping up with the changes. Changes in social expectations are also resulting in confusion. Children are obliged to take on the roles of adults when households are decimated by HIV/AIDS. The influence and support of the extended family is also declining;
Choice of Role Models: Negative role models tend to be elevated. There is a dearth of positive models for leadership roles, exacerbated by the negative and corrupt image of leaders projected by the media. Parents, too, may often present negative role models in alcoholism and violence. The media glorifies negative role models, such as drug barons and advertisements for alcohol glamorize risky behavior.