• Teaching and playing with children
• Keeping Poultry for self-reliance
• Cattle farming-rearing cattle for re-sale and milk production
• Food crop farming with widows
• Fetching water for the elderly widows
• Anti-jiggers program; eradication in Schools and the village
• Weaving beads with local people
• Home visits in the local community.
• The host community will provide a house to accommodate the volunteers 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.
• There is no electricity connection at the project but volunteers can charge their electric appliances at the nearest market center.
The project is located in Nyahera in the rural setting of Kisumu Rural Constituency in Western Kenya
The volunteers have an opportunity to visit the renowned Lake Victoria, Kakamega Rain Forest, Equator point at Maseno, Maseno University, Masinde Muliro University; among other spectacular sites of interests with the region.
During the free time during the working days, the team leader will organize for home visits with members of the local community for inter-cultural forums
KVDA offers educational tours to spectacular sites including the renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation area in Tanzania at separate fees. Please contact us for specific tour information.
Historical Background The CRANES OF DAGO THIM SELF HELP GROUP (formerly known as KONYA AKONYI SELF HELP GROUP) was established in 1998 as a self-help group. The new name was registered in 2015, registration No. S/H/G NO. 947/015.
It was also established to make an impact on the growing problem of vulnerable children, widows and orphans rights to sustainable development. This group is dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights of the children and supporting the vulnerable, widows and orphans. Cranes of Dago Thim organizes routine trainings on farming for the widows and youths for sustainability projects.
Vision: A Self-Sustainable Community
Mission: To promote human values through advocacy and community out-reach programs, provide care and support to the vulnerable members of the community, Education/ financial support to the less fortunate members of the society, training widows and youths on IGA and development issues to enhance their opportunities to realize their full potential and capabilities.
Core values v Team work v Honesty v Equality v Integrity v Respect
Governance and Leadership
Executive office: Composed of five (5) members elected at the annual general meeting. They include: The Chairman, The Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Assistant Secretary the work is to coordinates the day to day activities, source for resources and to supervises implementation of programs.
Program Coverage The geographical coverage is Nyahera Sub-location, North Kisumu Location, Nyahera Division, Kisumu County.
Income Generating Activities Cranes of Dago Thim has leased a farm from a member at affordable cost. It is a small farm within the member’s homestead where the group rears local poultry for meat and eggs, cattle for resale, meat and milk and a small portion for planting cash crop i.e. bananas, vegetables,
The farm produce is sold to the locals and in the local markets and some are distributed to the supported individuals. The money realized is used in supporting the group programmes
The farm is managed by group executive office and members take turn in ensuring that the day to day activities are carried out.
Dos and Don’ts of volunteering
• Do and try learning some basic Kiswahili/local language. Even greeting will be high appreciated.
• Do show an active interest in learning about the life in the community, and be open-minded especially with the cultural difference in the community.
• Do and try to be yourself despite the difference you may have with the community members e.g. going to church etc.
• Do keep promises e.g. visiting someone’s home or family they will be waiting for you and may get disappointed if you fail them.
• Do not make it difficult for future volunteers by giving out a lot of gifts or money. This is not the role of volunteers and we don’t want the community to rely or depend on you and neither should they perceive volunteers in this negative way.
• Always be cautious and nurture true friendship in your endeavour to support the needy.
• Do uphold the principles of volunteerism.
• Do live in accordance with the Laws of Kenya and KVDA regulations
• Do work alongside the local community members/project staffs /institution in the spirit of complementary and co-operation.
• Do not get disappointed if things do not work out, remember change is a gradual process and every bit of impact will go a long way in make a difference for the community.
• Remember it is all about learning from each other and not basically helping the local people.
• There are more fears today in the world than never before and the situation has been complicated by the thorny issue of terrorism that remains a major drawback to efforts to accelerate sustainable development. This has led to some foreign Governments to issue negative travel advisories against their citizens from travelling to Kenya with perceptions that Kenya was insecure and vulnerable to terror attacks. KVDA reiterates that Kenya is calm and safe and just like any other county in the world, every visitor should be conversant with safety and security measures and the challenges experienced within the Eastern African region like the Somalia conflict should not be used to generalize on the issue of security in Kenya.
• Volunteers should seek guidance from KVDA on extra curriculum activities they wish to undertake while in Kenya and always have the courtesy to share with KVDA information about their involvement in Kenya as volunteers and later as Travelers.
• It is forbidden for volunteers from other countries to ride a bike, motor cycle or a car while serving on KVDA projects. This measure may seem extreme but is meant to safeguard the safety of the volunteers while in Kenya.
• KVDA puts more emphasis on personal safety and precaution, advising volunteers to regularly liaise with KVDA on every move they make within the country and it should be noted that Kenya has in the recent past received negative media attention due to its foreign policy and especially the recent military incursion into Somalia by the Kenyan military in pursuit of the terrorists who have run down Somalia since 1992.
• There are positive results coming out of the fight against terrorism in the East African region and concerted efforts are needed to ensure that issues of terrorism are eliminated as nations dedicated themselves towards enhancing the “culture of peace”.
PROJECT PARTICIPANTS: Maximum 20 volunteers from Kenya and the international community
What to carry?
This is outlined in the detailed info sheet and includes, sleeping bag and mat, toiletries, torch/flashlight, sandals, mosquito net, national flag from your country, among others
DONATION AND GIFTS:
These are usually symbolic gestures to enhance the solidarity of volunteers and the hosting community. Kindly contact KVDA for details in case you are willing to support a worthy cause in the community either by offering a donation or long-term intervention on the project.
THEME: Young Women Empowerment to improve the quality of youth work and volunteering
Non formal education sector and employability of youth with fewer opportunities and young women.
• To develop the active participation of young people and young women with fewer opportunities to the non-formal education sector and to the local communities;
• To share best practices on employment paths within NGOs and youth sector;
• To exchange the different working methods about non formal education and active citizenship;
• To realize training courses for youth workers, active participants, youth organizations and multiplier actors in order to empower their capability to develop deep-rooted projects at local level.
• To develop new working methods that would support employability;
• To empower the youth and NGOs capability in developing partnerships and networks;
• To promote activities encouraging the policy dialogue in the field of youth;
• To contribute the development of the quality of support systems for youth activities and the capabilities of voluntary service organizations in the youth field.