Tuesday, 7 June, 2011 to Tuesday, 28 June, 2011
Emukhuya Primary School is located in the Western part of Kenya. The school was founded in 1983 through the community’s initiative. Currently the school has a population of 269 pupils’ i.e. 139 boys and 130. Currently the school has 40 orphans of which 19 are boys and 21 girls. The school captures the motto, “discipline and hard work leads to success”. Drug abuse is a major issue in the western part of Kenya and goes hand in hand with poverty. During the ancient period, most African practices had strict values and structures around alcohol and drug abuse. This was meant only for the elders. Volunteers will be required to join hands with the community in addressing the issue of drug abuse. Volunteers will work for six hours daily from Mondays to Fridays. They will be involved in awareness campaigns, construction of classrooms, brick making and home visits.
The community is located along the equator line. It consists of Luhya speaking people. Poverty levels are high due unemployment with high rate of school drop outs due to early pregnancy and drug abuse. Maseno University which is a centre of excellence in training and research around the world is located astride the equator. The inhabitants are agriculturalists and grow maize, beans and groundnuts for food crop.
Number of Places:
Volunteers will be accommodated in classrooms at the school with two separate rooms for male and female. There are no beds and voluteers will sleep on the floor on their mats and sleeping bags. Volunteers with special needs like those who are physically challenged should alert KVDA on application so that efforts are made to accommodate them appropriately.
Nairobi (8 hrs drive).
Volunteers are advised to carry work clothes including rubber gloves, boots , sandals, rain coat, umbrella, torch, sleeping bags , mosquito repellant, sunscreen lotion and official clothes for special occasions etc . A personal first Aid kit is also essential.
Kiswahili training program is tailor-made to suit volunteers’ preference and open to individuals keen to have basic knowledge in Kiswahili that is widely spoken in East Africa and nowadays taught in prestigious Universities in the world. The 10-day program is organized in a serene atmosphere in order to quench for thirst among volunteers. Those willing to participate in the program should inform KVDA at least two weeks before arrival. Charges: Euros 200 all inclusive. KVDA organizes educational tours to spectacular sites of Interest and the fees charged are all inclusive of meals, accommodation and tour guiding. This will be held before or after the project and those who wish to participate should make the application at least two weeks before arrival to enable KVDA put its act together. 10% of the income from the Educational Tours is used to support community projects. Due to an increase in the park fees by Kenya Wild Life Service, the following are the charges with effect from 1st January 2011. 3 days tour to Masaai Mara National Park – 350 Euros. 4th day tour to Lake Nakuru an extra 150 Euros. Nairobi National park (One Day) - 150 Euros. Bomas of Kenya - 100 Euros.
Volunteers participating in this project will be required to pay Euros 300 for a package of three weeks and this will include Airport Pick Up and drop off after the volunteer project, one day full board accommodation during the orientation day, fares to the project and back, food, facilitation, certificate of participation and will cater for Administrative costs as well.