• Brick making and construction work at the School
• Awareness on HIV/AIDS
• Teaching primary school pupils
• Promotion of sports and Extra curriculum activities such as physical education; working in the school garden
• Organize games, songs, dance and other creative educational activities
• Home visits and inter-cultural learning
• 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.
• There is no electricity connection at the project but volunteers can charge their electric appliances at the nearest market center.
• 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!
The project is located in the heartland of the Luo community in an environment that is conducive to nature learning.
The volunteers have an opportunity to touch base with the local people, learn about their culture, customs and spectacular way of live with humility and utter determination
KVDA offers educational tours to spectacular sites including the renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve at separate fees. Please contact us for specific tour information.
Below please find the outline of the tours offered:
-3-Day tour to Maasai Mara Game Reserve
-4-Day tour to Maasai Mara Game Reserve and Lake Nakuru National Park
-4-Day tour to Amboseli National Park, Lake Naivasha and Maasai Mara Game Reserve
-4 day tour to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation in Tanzania
In case you are interested in any of the above tours and other tailor made tours, please feel free to contact us for more information
Shining Star ECDC and Orphans School is located in Migori County, Nyatike Sub-county, Muhuru division, Muhuru -East location in Tagache Sub-location, along Muhuru-Migori road.
The School was founded in 1999 by Mr. Hevrone Killmess Mairah due to lack of access to educational institutions in the area due to its remote setting, challenges posed by orphans the majority of whose parents are ravaged by HIV/AIDS pandemic and the high illiteracy levels within the community coupled high unemployment.
In 2000 the school had a good number of children and 3 teachers and the community enjoyed the being of Shining Star.
In 2001 the school was temporarily closed due to the conflict within the local community until 2002 when this was resolved and the community agreed to host the School at the local Church due to lack of classroom buildings.
2003 the land was bought and demarcation done.
In 2005 the first classroom was built by a volunteer called Steffi Rahn a 19-year old from Germany.
2009 started hosting volunteers from KVDA courtesy of the Germany Government sponsored program “Weltwaerts” that afforded young Germans an opportunity to volunteer in Africa, Asia and Latin America
2010 Shining Star was registered with the Kenyan Government and 2011 she got fully registered and put in Kenyan list.
2012 started building dormitory for both orphans and those having parents with the help of former KVDA volunteer from Germany named Daniel, which is still under construction.
2013 the School started goat farming and poultry farming that is still underway. It also set aside space for an orphanage home and new toilets that are already finished.
There are more plans in the pipeline e.g. Agriculture, Business loaning for the widows and youths, competitive sports between local clubs and the School where trophies, balls and other gifts will be awarded to the participating teams
The School has a population of 360 children, 11 teachers and 5 support staff.
Orientation: Will be done on 8th February 2020 at KVDA Residence in Nairobi and the team will leave for the project on the morning of 9th February 2020
Airport pick-up services: The port of entry to Kenya is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and airport pick up will be done on provision of full flight details. The volunteers will be taken to KVDA Residence in Karen for accommodation that has highly subsidized rates
Participation FEES: The project participation fees that is all-inclusive for the 3-week work camp is Euro 300
INSURANCE: KVDA does not provide insurance and volunteers should obtain travel insurance cover. It is a good idea to get medicine you are used to from your home country and seek advice from your personal doctor.
WHAT DOES THE PARTICIPATION FEES COVER?
Project preparation cycle, return transfers from the airport and the project, KVDA administration, orientation, certificate of participation, project coordination, facilitation, evaluation and monitoring
WHAT IS NOT COVERED?
Excursion activities, local travel while in the community, personal effects, needs and wants.
THEME: HIV/AIDS EDUCATION AND AWARENESS
• HIV and AIDS education is an essential part of HIV prevention. In Kenya AIDS education is part of the curriculum in both Primary and Secondary Schools and for a number of years Kenya has delivered educational campaigns to raise nationwide awareness on the issue. Nearly all adults aged 15-64 had heard about AIDS, nine out of ten adults knew that a healthy-looking person could be infected with HIV and most knew how to reduce their chances of becoming infected with the virus.
• Awareness of the need to use condoms was high with 75 percent of women and 81 percent of men in this age group aware that condoms reduce the risk of HIV infection.
• HIV/AIDS is a major epidemic in the Lake Victoria region. This is as a result of wife inheritance, polygamy and careless sex at the shores of Lake Victoria in exchange of fish Majority of the young generation are not going to school due to the fact that of poverty levels are high and have unprotected sex as a social activity.
• Defining the impacts of AIDS on children can be in demographic or social terms. In terms of its demographic impacts, HIV/AIDS affects children in the following ways: Higher infant and child morbidity and mortality rates; Lower life expectancy; higher rates of orphaning.
• The issue of definitions is pertinent regarding the emergence of rights based approaches to supporting children affected by AIDS, as questions of vulnerability, categorization and targeting are under scrutiny. HIV/AIDS has many direct and indirect impacts on children’s rights, ranging from the consequences of the psychological impact of losing one or both parents, to reduced access to quality education and health services
• The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is underpinned by four major principles: the right to survival, development and protection from abuse and neglect; the right to have a voice and be listened to; that the best interests of the child should be of primary consideration; the right to freedom from discrimination
• The main aspects of focus are: to foster links between HIV/AIDS prevention activities, home based care, and efforts to support orphans and other vulnerable children; to target the most vulnerable children and communities; to give particular attention to the gender-specific needs of boys and girls; to involve children and adolescents as part of the solution; to strengthen the role of schools and education systems; to reduce stigma and discrimination; to strengthen the caring capacities of families through community-based mechanisms; to strengthen the economic coping capacities of families and communities; to enhance the capacity of families and communities to respond to the; psychosocial needs of orphans and vulnerable children, and their caregivers; to find sustainable ways to remove children from hazardous and exploitative work; to accelerate learning and information exchange; to strengthen partnerships at all levels and build coalitions among key stakeholders; to ensure that external support does not undermine community initiative and motivation