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KVDA/MLTV/2019/08 KENIA uhuru Bay, Migori County, Lake Victoria Region edu, kids 01/09/2019 31/12/2019


Project Name: Shining Star ecdc and orphans school

Code: KVDA/MLTV/2019/08

Location: Muhuru Bay, Migori County, Lake Victoria Region

Service Sector:Education and orphans support



Project background

Shining Star ECDC and Orphans Schoolis 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 Mairahdue 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 Rahna 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 Kenya for the duration of one year.


2011 Shining Star was registered with the Kenyan Government as a learning institution.


2012 started building dormitory for both orphans and those having parents with the help of former KVDA volunteer from Germany named Daniel, which structure has since been completed.


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 over 360 children, 11 teachers and 5 support staff.


The School has classes from Kindergarten to Standard eight.


Shining Star ECDC and Orphans School is a community based education institution and caters for the needs of the orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) that had been rendered destitute. 


Fishing is the mainstay of the local community thanks to the expansive Lake Victoria. Due to the easy cash courtesy of the Lake, young people have been lured to drop out of School to engage in fishing and this has negatively impacted on the community since it has resulted in early marriages, school drop outs, early and unplanned pregnancies not forgetting the spread of HIV/AIDS that has resulted in increased number of OVC’s in the community. Community empowerment is crucial in achieving the overall objective of attaining sustainable development.

Project activities

Volunteer tasks

Requested knowledge of language 

Qualifications required for the placement / Expectations towards the volunteer:

Expected results: increased literacy level in the community; elimination of the culture of dependence among the community members through open discussions and conversations; emergence of good citizens and leaders that will be able to take responsibility of the development needs of the local community.


Financial contribution

What is included in the participation fee?

What is not included in the participation fee?




Leisure time

Laundry and water:



Project participants: Maximum 15 volunteers from different nationalities recruited through KVDA partner organizations

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.

APPLICATIONS: Should be done at least one month in advance through KVDA partner organization in respective countries. KVDA does not accept direct applications by volunteers