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KVDA/STV/04A KENIA Luanda, Vihiga County, Western Kenya HIV Stigma and discrimination in Kenya 01/04/2018 22/04/2018

EBUSIRALO YOUTH POLYTECHNIC

Project overview
MOTTO: Technology for empowerment

VISION STATEMENT: To empower the youths holistically for self-
sustainability, the leading needs help now not tomorrow.

MISSION: To be a leading Centre in technological excellence empowering
youths.
INTRODUCTION
Ebusiralo Youth Polytechnic was founded in the year 2002 to offer
vocational training to the youths. The polytechnic has enrolment of 110
trainees’ male and female. The trainees are youths aged above 14 years. The

Polytechnic is located in Western Kenya, Vihiga County, Emuhaya district;
Luanda Township situated more than 400 kilometers from Nairobi.
KVDA organized a work camp in 2009 that jump-started the construction
of the first administration block that is yet to be completed as the inaugural
step to develop the infrastructure at the Polytechnic. There are ten
instructors and the one-acre land on which the Polytechnic is constructed is
owned by the institution.
The polytechnic is run by the entire community members who had the idea
to empower young people who could not have the full chance to education
due to high poverty rate, to have self-skills. Most of the community
members are peasant farmers who live below poverty line (from hand to
mouth) and have seen that for the development of the community is just to
uplift young people through skillful and practical learning that can create
self-employment.
Ebusiralo Youth Polytechnic is a community based institution that was
started to administer rehabilitation on drug addict children, children from
poor families and street children in Luanda town and train them in
different skills.
OBJECTIVES OF THE POLYTHENIC
 Trainees to gain new skills that can generate self-employment.
 Capture idle youths within the communities for self-reliance and
commitment.
 Empower youths to economically develop their own community, rural
development.
 To substitute theoretical learning by experimental and practical work.
ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE CENTRE
 Garment making/Beauty therapy.
 Electrical installation.
 Motor vehicle mechanics
 Welding and fabrication
 Masonry/carpentry.
 Computer which is compulsory to all trainees
 Sports and physical education
 Metal processing technology
 Information communication technology

 Agri-business
 Workshop construction
CHALLENGES
 Polytechnic has insufficient tools and equipment to cater for large
enrolment.
 Most workshops and temporary structures available at the site
 It is difficult for the community to expand the polytechnic physical
structures because of very high poverty levels and deprivation.
 Lack of resources to facilitate the instructors who work on voluntary
basis
 Drug abuse leading to most trainers to drop out from the polytechnic,
HIV /AIDS has caused many trainees to be left poor and orphans
causing problem in fee payment
 Students from poor families are unable to pay school fees and hence
drop out
 Inadequate workshop and workshop facilities
 Frequent absent of the students seeking how to make ends meet
especially on market days
 Containing drug addicts and street children.
AGE: Volunteers have to be at least 18 years old to participate in the work
camp. There is no upper age limit.
PROJECT Activities: Volunteers will work for six hours daily from
Monday to Friday.
TYPE OF WORK CAMP: MANUAL/CONS
Manual work and Intercultural activities:
 Brick making and construction work at the Polytechnic
 Guiding and counseling
 Agricultural activities at the institution farm
 Teaching technical subjects
 Designing sponsorship program for students from poor backgrounds.
 Inter-cultural learning coupled with home visits for exposure to
development challenges.
 Possibility to visit the historic sites like Hippo point on Lake Victoria
in Kisumu City, renowned Kakamega Rain Forest and the Equator
point at Maseno University; among other spectacular sites of interest

in the region. However, this will be done most probably during the
weekends.
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: HIV Stigma and discrimination in Kenya
 Even though awareness of HIV and AIDS in Kenya is high, many
people living with the virus still face stigma and discrimination.
Studies have shown that although people are aware of the basic facts
about HIV and AIDS, many are not informed of the most in-depth
knowledge that addresses issue of stigma.
 One report revealed that of healthcare facilities that have policies to
protect people living with HIV against discrimination, only a third
admitted to implementing such policies. People are still afraid to
disclose their status and will often avoid health centers that provide
HIV services from fear of being seen by neighbours or community
members
 Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya and therefore men who have sex
with men face a high level of stigma and discrimination. In an
attempt to find out to what extend HIV is affecting the gay
community, a census for homosexuals would be the most effective
methodology but with homosexual still illegal, it is unlikely to have
the statistics to reflect the reality of HIV within the gay and lesbian
community
Orientation: Will be done on 1

st April 2018 at KVDA Residence in
Nairobi and the team will leave for the project on the morning of 2nd April
2018
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.
EDUCATIONAL TOURS
KVDA offers educational tours to spectacular sites including the renowned
Maasai Mara Game Reserve at separate fees. Please contact us for specific
tour information.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
 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.
 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!
LANGUAGE: English is the language of the work camp. There will be a
possibility of learning Kiswahili and other international and local languages
as cultural diversity is a major component in international service