• Manual work at the institution
• To educate children through teaching and exposing them to various functions such as camps, workshops, rallies etc
• To teach children healthy life-skills
• To provide children with opportunities for physical activity
• To encourage parent involvement and empower them through trainings in IGAs
• To support parents and strengthen families
• Volunteers will stay in a house provided by the local people 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!
The project is located within the legendary Kakamega Rainforest area and the volunteers have an opportunity to experience cultural diversity and adaptability to international circumstances.
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
These tours can be conducted either before the project or at the end of the project and for volunteers with limited time over the weekends within the project.
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
Mahiakalo Child Development Centre is a department of Mahiakalo Church of God that deals with holistic development of children within the community it serves. We nurture children in the four development areas that is physical, spiritual, socio-emotional and cognitive to ensure that at the end of the program the child becomes a fulfilled Christian adult.
Mahiakalo CDC is located in Kakamega County, Municipality Division, Bukhungu Location, Shirere sub-location, Mwiyala village.
Majority of the children who are on the project are orphans, partial orphans, children under foster care or guardian and are from a very poor background.
To be an excellent Christian based bridge in holistic child development and community empowerment.
Mahiakalo Child Development Centre is committed to advocate for children by facilitating holistic development through support & mentorship to enable them attain self-reliance and execute Christian virtues.
The Centre accepts any child between the ages of three (3) and six (6) who are less fortunate within the society and lives within a radius of 5 km from the church.
– Child protection
– Caregiver empowerment
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 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.
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 complementation 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.