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KVDA/STV/08E KENIA Kwale County RENO/KIDS/EDU 08/08/2020 29/08/2020

August 2020
Project name: Ng’onzini primary School
Code: KVDA/STV/08E
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: Kwale County
Theme: Gender Sensitivity: Girl Child Education
Project overview
• Ng’onzini primary school was started in the year 1964 by the
Mwachinga villagers. The main purpose was to bring learning services
near the community. The school was built using local materials till the
year 2000 when born free foundation came to build seven permanent
classrooms and an office.
• The school is a government school ran by T.S.C Teachers and P.T.A
Teachers. The school has an active Wildlife club which initiated a
wildlife area (elerock nature trail) near the school environment.
Children are made conversant with conservation activities day by day
out. Other clubs include Debate, Choir and Drama.
• Apart from the government we have NGOs which do support
Ng’onzini School. These include JICA (KEMRI), Plan Kenya, born

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free Foundation, Camp Kenya. K.W.S also constructed one classroom
and the school is managed by committee of parents.
Vision: To educate both boys and girls.
Mission: To develop talent of every pupil for faster development of the
nation
School objectives
• Bring education near the community
• Educate both boys and girls
• Develop talents of every child
ACTIVITIES
• Teaching students.
• Playing games (football, netball, volleyball, and hockey).
• Creating awareness in conservation.
• Keeping and maintaining tree nursery.
• Guiding visitors in the elerock nature trail.
• Keeping the school environment clean.
• Guiding and counseling students.
NETWORKING
• The school is working under the ministry of education.
• It is linked with KNUT, K.W.S, Colobus Conservation, Plan in Kenya,
JicaKemri, Bamburi Green School Project, wildlife clubs of Kenya.
• It is also connected with the local CBO called Nuru.
FINANCIAL SOURCES
• The group depends entirely on government to fund the free primary
education as well as TSC (teachers’ salaries).
• Parents pay money for PTA teachers’ water bulls and cooks. The
school receives money from the sale of Aloe vera soaps and tree
seedling from the school tree nursery.
STRENGTHS

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• Since establishment the school has been getting strong support from
Mwachinga villagers.
• The Kenya government has been funding teachers to teach in the
government school. Apart from the government the school is
connected with NGOs and parental boards e.g. Plan Kenya, Kenya
Wildlife Service, Born Free Foundation and JICA, KEMRI.
• The School infrastructure is relatively endowed with administration
and classrooms
• We have a solar panel which gives lights to our class 8 boarders also
the school is connected with rural electrification.

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CHALLENGES
• Lack of hardware infrastructure like computers and photocopier
machines to enhance operations.
• High poverty levels among the parents within the community and this
hampers aspirations for higher education
• Lack of opportunities to enhance exchange program with other
institutions in order to provide the platform for exposure to
challenges of development.
FUTURE GROWTH STRATEGY
• The school aims at bringing international volunteering programs so
as to bring in new ideas, enhance the capacities of the host
community to tackle development challenges
• Our children will have to work with the international community in
order to widen their horizons on cultural diversity, hone
communication skills with enhanced capacities.
Project activities
AGE: Volunteers have to be at least 18 years old to participate in the work
camp. There is no upper age limit.
TYPE OF WORK CAMP: RENO/KIDS/EDU
Volunteers will work for six hours daily from Monday to Friday.
Manual work and Intercultural activities:
• Social work
• Teaching
• Playing games (football, netball, volleyball, and hockey).
• Creating awareness in conservation.
• Keeping and maintaining tree nursery
• Guiding visitors in the elerock nature trail
• Keeping the school environment clean
• Guiding and counseling students.

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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: Gender Sensitivity: Girl Child Education
• It is common practice for School girls to be forcefully married to elderly
men in exchange of dowry and most of the cases involve primary school
children.
• "It is unfortunate that while other communities are discarding
traditions that drag down their socio-economic development, this
repugnant cultural practice has refused to die exposing communities
to ridicule. It is something that should be stopped because it denies the
girl child the right to education."
• After realizing that the Kenyan government was taking stringent
measures on parents engaging their children in forced marriages, some
members of the community often cross into neighboring Tanzania
where they perform the marriage rituals before crossing back to Kenya.
• The Kenya government has outlawed FGM and its attendant practices
and its perpetrators risk being jailed. What makes teenage marriages
especially appalling is that it burdens the young girls with
responsibilities that they are ill-prepared for. This includes child
bearing and the concomitant hustles of taking care of children.
• The culture has been a detriment to the girl child and as a result fewer
girls have the urge to continue with their education as they will be
married off before they complete their education.

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• The future of the girl child is therefore threatened and concerted efforts
must be made to reverse the worrying trend.
• Poverty is a broad-term that describes many circumstances where
people lack resources such as money, housing, food, clothing, jobs, and
suffer physically, socially, and emotionally from this material
deprivation.
• Poverty describes a standard of living where a person is unable to
afford even a basic diet. International definitions of poverty rely on the
classification of the poverty level, which is a level of income below
which a person cannot afford to buy all the resources required to live.
• Poverty eradication encompasses the will and strategies to stop all
people from living in poverty.
• The focus will be on education, training and gender sensitivity. Inter
cultural exchange is aimed at enabling people to put global awareness
and intercultural learning into practice.
• This is enhanced through creating awareness through learning themes
on global issues.
• In so doing it will strengthen participants’ skills in working in
community-based organizations actively involved in efforts to alleviate
poverty.
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

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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 house provided by the local people 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!

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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
CONFIRMATION DEADLINE: Should be done via e-mail at least one month
before the start of the project.