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KVDA/STV/08C KENIA Vihiga County, Western Kenya MEDIcal work 08/08/2020 29/08/2020

Project Name: Esiarambatsi health center
Code: KVDA/STV/08C
Dates: 8th -29th August 2020
Orientation: 8th August 2020
Travel to the Project: 9th August 2020
Project closure: 29th August 2020
Travel from the project: 30th August 2020
Location: Vihiga County, Western Kenya

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Theme: REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EDUCATION, PROMOTION
OF GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
Project overview
Esiarambatsi Health Centre is one of the health centers established in
the wider Emuhaya district to cater for the medical needs of the local people
in the community. It’s a community-based health center which cares for
mothers, children’s and also people living with HIV/AIDS. The centre also
offers pre-and ante-natal cares to women. The local community is composed
of the Luhya community which occupies the vast western Kenya region and
the local people are hospitable and welcoming. HIV/AIDS is a major
challenge in the local community that has resulted into many challenges that
have had a negative impact on the socio-economic development of the
community.
The health center is a community initiative that is currently run by the
Ministry of health and has three nurses who work under a nursing officer in
charge.
The center offers curative, preventative and promotion services.
Water is available from streams, rain water occasionally harvested and
volunteers have the opportunity to learn to live in adversity and especially
when Kenya grapples with the poverty challenge that is the single most
obstacles to sustainable development.
Objectives
The main objective of the project is to provide health care to the community
using locally available resources.
The empowerment program reaches out to ensure that the local community
is integrated into the day to day activities and the role of the volunteers is to
play the role of the catalyst to re-activate the process.
Most community members are small scale farmers who are not even able to
produce enough food to support their own families

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Target Group: The target group consists of community members.
Location: The project is located in Emuhaya District of the Western region
of Kenya approximately eight hours drive from Nairobi city.
Nature of Work: Volunteers placed in this project will be involved in the
following activities:
• Medical work in the dispensary such as registration of patients, giving
out patients following the doctors’ description, observation and noting
the progress of every patient, and cleanliness at the hospital.
• Family planning services, immunization, maternal and child health are
some of the services offered at the project
• The volunteers will also be involved in awareness creation in the
community to promote the sustainability of the livelihood among
community members both in community forums and also in local
schools. Moreover, volunteers placed in this project will engage the
community members in a study topic: focus on public health and
sanitation especially in the local schools to be able to develop a young
generation that is equipped with information. Hence volunteers will be
expected to work hand in hand with the hospital management to
realize the goals of the placement in this project and thus enhance the
capacity of the health facility.
• The volunteers will be assigned duties in the health facility by
professional 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 facility offers health services to the local community members
TYPE OF WORK CAMP: MEDI
Volunteers will work for maximum of six hours daily from Monday to Friday
and the schedule is flexible to suit into the capability of individual volunteers.
The focus will be on the following:

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Work and Intercultural activities:
• Volunteers will be assigned duties in the health facility by
professional staff
• Cultural days for various nationalities
• Home visits and topical discussion with the local people on thematic
focus of the project
• Excursion to Lake Victoria in Kisumu and Kakamega Rain Forest
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: REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EDUCATION, PROMOTION
OF GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
• Gender equality implies a society in which women and men enjoy the
same opportunities, outcomes, rights and obligations in all spheres of
life. Equality between men and women exists when both sexes are able
to share equally in the distribution of power and influence; have equal
opportunities for financial independence through work or through
setting up businesses; enjoy equal access to education and the
opportunity to develop personal ambitions.
• A critical aspect of promoting gender equality is the empowerment of
women, with a focus on identifying and redressing power imbalances
and giving women more autonomy to manage their own lives.
Women's empowerment is vital to sustainable development and the
realization of human rights for all.

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• The project aims to empower the women to actively continue with the
struggle to enhance their capacities and ultimately take the lead in
community development. This takes cognizance of the fact that despite
being overrun by pro-men cultural foundations, women remain the
pillar of families and the most vulnerable gender in the current societal
set-up.
Orientation: Will be done on 8th August 2020 at KVDA Residence in
Nairobi and the team will leave for the project on the morning of 9th August
2020
Airport pick-up services:
• The port of entry to Kenya is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in
Nairobi
• Airport pick up will be done on provision of full flight details.
• The volunteers will be taken to KVDA Residence for accommodation at
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

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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 house provided by the local community with
very modest living conditions.
• Volunteers should bring sleeping bags and mats and 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 both the accommodation and health
center so volunteers can charge electrical appliances.
• 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 are the emergency contacts 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