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KVDA/STV/02A KENIA Muhuru Bay, Migori HIV/AIDS EDUCATION AND AWARENESS 08/02/2020 29/02/2020

Project Name: Shining Star Ecdc And Orphans School
Code: KVDA/STV/02A
Dates: 8TH -29TH FEBRUARY 2020
Orientation: 8TH FEBRUARY 2020
Travel to the Project: 9th February 2020
Project closure: 29th February 2020
Travel from the project: 1st March 2020
Location: Muhuru Bay, Migori, South West Kenya
Theme: HIV/AIDS EDUCATION AND Awareness
Project overview

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Shining Star ECDC and Orphans School is 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 Mairah due
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 Rahn a
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 Africa, Asia and Latin America
2010 Shining Star was registered with the Kenyan Government and 2011
she got fully registered and put in Kenyan list.
2012 started building dormitory for both orphans and those having parents
with the help of former KVDA volunteer from Germany named Daniel,
which is still under construction.
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.

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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 360 children, 11 teachers and 5 support
staff.
AGE: Volunteers have to be at least 18 years old to participate in the work
camp. There is no upper age limit
PROJECT Activities
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.
Volunteers will work for six hours daily from Monday to Friday.
TYPE OF WORK CAMP: KIDS/EDU/CONS
Manual work and Intercultural activities:
 Brick making and construction work at the School
 Awareness on HIV/AIDS
 Teaching primary and secondary school students
 Promotion of sports and Extra curriculum activities such as physical
education; working in the school garden

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 Organize games, songs, dance and other creative educational
activities
 Home visits and inter-cultural learning to foster international
solidarity
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/AIDS EDUCATION AND AWARENESS
 HIV and AIDS education is an essential part of HIV prevention. In
Kenya AIDS education is part of the curriculum in both Primary and
Secondary Schools and for a number of years Kenya has delivered
educational campaigns to raise nationwide awareness on the issue.
 Nearly all adults aged 15-64 had heard about AIDS, nine out of ten
adults knew that a healthy-looking person could be infected with HIV
and most knew how to reduce their chances of becoming infected
with the virus.
 Awareness of the need to use condoms was high with 75 percent of
women and 81 percent of men in this age group aware that condoms
reduce the risk of HIV infection.
 HIV/AIDS is a major epidemic in the Lake Victoria region. This is as a
result of wife inheritance, polygamy and careless sex at the shores of
Lake Victoria in exchange of fish Majority of the young generation are
not going to school due to the fact that of poverty levels are high and
have unprotected sex as a social activity.

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 Defining the impacts of AIDS on children can be in demographic or
social terms. In terms of its demographic impacts, HIV/AIDS affects
children in the following ways: Higher infant and child morbidity
and mortality rates; Lower life expectancy; higher rates of orphaning.
 The issue of definitions is pertinent regarding the emergence of rights
based approaches to supporting children affected by AIDS, as
questions of vulnerability, categorization and targeting are under
scrutiny. HIV/AIDS has many direct and indirect impacts on
children’s rights, ranging from the consequences of the psychological
impact of losing one or both parents, to reduced access to quality
education and health services
 The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is underpinned
by four major principles: the right to survival, development and
protection from abuse and neglect; the right to have a voice and be
listened to; that the best interests of the child should be of primary
consideration; the right to freedom from discrimination
 The main aspects of focus are: to foster links between HIV/AIDS
prevention activities, home based care, and efforts to support orphans
and other vulnerable children; to target the most vulnerable children
and communities; to give particular attention to the gender-specific
needs of boys and girls; to involve children and adolescents as part of
the solution; to strengthen the role of schools and education systems;
to reduce stigma and discrimination; to strengthen the caring
capacities of families through community-based mechanisms; to
strengthen the economic coping capacities of families and
communities; to enhance the capacity of families and communities to
respond to the; psychosocial needs of orphans and vulnerable
children, and their caregivers; to find sustainable ways to remove
children from hazardous and exploitative work; to accelerate learning
and information exchange; to strengthen partnerships at all levels
and build coalitions among key stakeholders; to ensure that external
support does not undermine community initiative and motivation
Orientation: Will be done on 8th February 2020 at KVDA Residence in
Nairobi and the team will leave for the project on the morning of 9th
February 2020
Airport pick-up services:
 This will be done subject to provision of full flight details.

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 The port of entry to Kenya is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in
Nairobi.
 Volunteers will stay at KVDA Residence in Nairobi at a subsidized fee
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.
 There is no electricity connection at the project but volunteers can
charge their electric appliances at the nearest market center.

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 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
EMERGENCY CONTACTS:
Below is the emergency contact for Kenya Voluntary Development
Association:
KVDA Administration: +254721 650 357
PROJECT DETAILED INFO SHEET: Will be sent to the volunteer
sending organization as soon as the application is accepted by KVDA
CONFIRMATION DEADLINE: Should be done via e-mail at least one
month before the start of the project.