• Rehabilitation of kakamega forest
• Jigger eradication
• Established nursing home
• Orphans support
• CHV support group
• Conduct mobile family planning clinics in hard to reach areas
• The volunteers stay in School classrooms in very basic conditions where there are no beds and electricity.
• KVDA will provide foodstuffs and volunteers will cook their own meals in turns. Volunteers have an obligation to climb down the level of the people with the aim of exposure to development challenges.
• 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 project is located within Kakamega county in western Kenya lying about 30 km north of the Equator. It is the headquarters of Kakamega County. The town has a population of 99,987. Kakamega is 52 km north of Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya and a port city on Lake Victoria. The average elevation of Kakamega is 1,535 metres
The location is spectacular in many ways as it offers 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
• Community health volunteers is a community health volunteers established back in 2008 by the local volunteers based in Kakamega County, this project is based within Shinyalu Sub County of Kakamega County with its main office at Virhembe market in shinyalu sub-county.
• The main purpose of this project was as a result of the immense destruction of kakamega forest by both the locals and outsiders.
• Kakamega Forest harbours immense and unique biodiversity due to its association with both lowland equatorial forest of central Africa and mountane forest of Kenya. Because of these unique contributions and island status, Kakamega Forest shows a high level of diversity and endemism
• The IUCN has put Kakamega Forest as a top priority for biodiversity conservation in East Africa.
• The key environmental problems in Kakamega forest ecosystem includes soil erosion, cultivation in riverbanks, deforestation and cutting down of tress, encroachment of forest boundaries, illegal and unsustainable harvest of forest products, high population growth rate increasing pressure on natural resource and food security.
• Land cover and historical analyses suggest that approximately 30 % of the forest has been lost since it was gazetted in 1933 and 15% of indigenous forest with the gazetted kakamega forest was lost between 1972 and 2000, Although most of the large clearing and logging has stoped since the 1980,there remains a very high demand by the local community for timber products
• Support community projects aimed poverty reduction through improved livelihood system and the of community natural resources and initiatives for enhanced enhanced management and governance
• Build the capacity of other self help groups
• Public awareness education and actions to counter declining conservation status of kakamega forest ecosystem and climate change impacts