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Project Name: St. James Community Orphans School
Dates: 2nd -23rd May 2020
Orientation: 2nd May 2020
Travel to the Project: 3rd May 2020
Project closure: 23rd May 2020
Travel from the project: 24th May 2020
Location: Mfangano Island, Lake Victoria Region
Theme: Teenage Pregnancy in the society
St. James Community Orphans School is a community owned school whose
idea was conceived to the challenges that the community has been with
over the years. For a long time, parents have passed on leaving their
children to be orphans who are either total or partial. Due to constant and
continuous death and other related issues, the number of these orphans
grew to an escalating rate which eventually led to call for intervention. It is
this regard the school has taken good care of most of these orphans since
school opened its doors on the 9th January 2012 hitherto
St. James Community School is located in Mfangano Island, Homabay
county in Kenya. It’s one of the many islands in Lake Victoria with several
beaches. Being an island with many fishing beaches, it’s prone to a unique
lifestyle that contributes to high prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS which leads
to many orphans
St. James School is addressing three major problems
1. Free education for these orphans
2. Poor nutrition
3. Alarming low levels of domestic income among caregivers households
In 2014, the school started with a population of 45 orphans represented in
three kindergarten classes, with 3 teachers. To date the school is enjoying a
population of 112 both total and partial orphans aged between 3 years to 12
years. The school has seven classes with 8 teachers.
LOCATION: The school is located within Mfangano Island, Waware sub-
location, Mfangano north location, Mfangano division, Mbita Sub-county of
PUPIL POPULATION: 112
CLASSES: Baby class, Nursery class, Pre-unit class, Standard one to four
SPONSORS: Community sponsored
VISION:” To be an exemplary Centre of excellence in quality holistic,
academic education provision within the community‖
MISSION:” To provide accessible and acceptable education to the less
fortunate professionally, and in a formal manner that can be realized from
within and without the community‖
MOTTO:” Arise and shine for a better life‖.
OBJECTIVE: To be the school within the island in helping provide for the
welfare and well-being of the numerous orphans and destitute left behind
as a result of HIV/AIDS pandemic.
VOLUNTEER PROGRAMMES: Since the school’s inception in 2012, the
school has various volunteer activities. Among them being:
a) In 2012 (May-August), we received two volunteer teachers who
helped the school in teaching `of physical ad vocation (P.E). The
volunteers were from Italy.
b) (Jan-Feb) 2013, the school, got one volunteer (male) from Japan
who helped in the school garden.
c) (May-June), we had 2 volunteers (a couple) from USA, Michigan
who helped the teaching of health and sanitation lessons.
Security for our volunteers has always been our number one priority.
Moreover, the school is situated barely 600m from the police post
We also have a Government of Kenya dispensary within the same area to
carter for health emergency that might arise
The school is committed to offering hope to children and especially who are
vulnerable to societal risks and this call for community of efforts.
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: AGRI/EDU
Manual work and Intercultural activities:
Home visits to orphans and caregivers
Sports with school pupils
Workshops about children rights to the local community
Advocacy against teenage pregnancy
Social work majorly guiding and counseling for the HIV/AIDS
program at the health center
Field visits and face to face meetings with the local people
Participate in home visits to enhance inter-cultural education and
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: Teenage Pregnancy in the society
Lack of information about reproductive health and high rates of child abuse
have caused the upsurge of teenage pregnancy
Lack of information about reproductive health and high rates of child abuse
has caused an high rate of early pregnancy
AIM: To reduce the cases of early pregnancy
-To improve and strengthen the health workers methodology on
disseminating information among the young people on grassroots level
-To create a platform of social workers and peer educators to campaign
against sexual harassment within the community
-To advocate on children rights within the community
-Workshops about children rights to the local community
-Advocacy against teenage pregnancy
-Workshop: health workers, parents and peer educators
-Health Camp: parents, teachers, health workers and peer educators
METHODS group discussion, ―café‖ method, planning discussion, expert
-Number of schools calling for peer educators after the health camp, for
reproductive health education
-Number of community leader requesting for more advocacy through
-Number of health workers getting more involved in organizing workshops
for emphasizing and enhancing the effects of early pregnancy
Orientation: Will be done on 2nd May 2020 at KVDA Residence in
Nairobi and the team will leave for the project on the morning of 3rd May
Airport pick-up services:
This will be done subject to provision of full flight details.
The port of entry to Kenya is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in
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.
KVDA offers educational tours to spectacular sites including the renowned
Maasai Mara Game Reserve at separate fees. Please contact us for specific
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
The host community will provide a house to accommodate the
volunteers 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 electricity connection at the project and so volunteers can use
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
Below is the emergency contact for Kenya Voluntary Development
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.
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