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KVDA/MLTV/2020/22 KENIA Emuhaya, Vihiga County, Western Kenya Vocational Training 20/07/2020 31/12/2020

Project Name: Ebusiralo Youth Polytechnic
Code: KVDA/MLTV/2020/22
Location: Emuhaya, Vihiga County, Western
Service Sector: Vocational Training

• Kenya Voluntary Development Association (KVDA) is an indigenous, non-political
and membership organization which is non-sectarian and non-profit making
started in 1962 as a work camp organization registered under the Societies’ Act. In
1993, KVDA was registered as a Non-Governmental organization by the
establishment of the NGOs Coordination Act.
• KVDA has since inception hosted over 50, 000 international volunteers to its
community service development projects that have left indelible mark to efforts to
enhance sustainable development.
Project Name: Ebusiralo Youth Polytechnic
Code: KVDA/MLTV/2020/22
Location: Emuhaya, Vihiga County, Western
Service Sector: Vocational Training

Project background
MOTTO: Technology for empowerment
VISION STATEMENT: To empower the youths holistically for self-sustainability, the
leading needs help now not tomorrow.
MISSION: To be a leading Centre in technological excellence empowering youths.
• Ebusiralo Youth Polytechnic was founded in the year 2002 to offer vocational
training to the youths. The polytechnic has enrolment of 140 trainees male and
female. The trainees are youths aged above 14 years. The Polytechnic is located in
Western Kenya, Vihiga County, Emuhaya district; Luanda Township situated
more than 400 kilometers from Nairobi.
• KVDA organized a work camp in 2009 that jump-started the construction of the
first administration block that is yet to be completed as the inaugural step to
develop the infrastructure at the Polytechnic. There are ten instructors and the
one-acre land on which the Polytechnic is constructed is owned by the institution.
• The polytechnic is run by the entire community members who had the idea to
empower young people who could not have the full chance to education due to
high poverty rate, to have self-skills. Most of the community members are
peasant farmers who live below poverty line (from hand to mouth) and have seen
that for the development of the community is just to uplift young people through
skillful and practical learning that can create self-employment.
• Ebusiralo Youth Polytechnic is a community based institution that was started to
administer rehabilitation on drug addict children, children from poor families
and street children in Luanda town and train them in different skills.
• Trainees to gain new skills that can generate self-employment.
• Capture idle youths within the communities for self-reliance and commitment.
• Empower youths to economically develop their own community, rural
• To substitute theoretical learning by experimental and practical work.
• Garment making/Beauty therapy.
• Electrical installation.
• Motor vehicle mechanics
• Welding and fabrication
• Masonry/carpentry.
• Computer which is compulsory to all trainees
• Sports and physical education
• Metal processing technology
• Information communication technology
• Agri-business
• Workshop construction

• Polytechnic has insufficient tools and equipment to cater for large enrolment.
• Most workshops and temporary structures available at the site
• It is difficult for the community to expand the polytechnic physical structures
because of very high poverty levels and deprivation.
• Lack of resources to facilitate the instructors who work on voluntary basis
• Drug abuse leading to most trainers to drop out from the polytechnic, HIV /AIDS
has caused many trainees to be left poor and orphans causing problem in fee
• Students from poor families are unable to pay school fees and hence drop out
• Inadequate workshop and workshop facilities
• Frequent absent of the students seeking how to make ends meet especially on
market days
• Containing drug addicts and street children.
Project activities
Educational development of the students; sports and career development; guidance and
Volunteer tasks
• Guiding and Counseling
• Lecture on technical subjects
• Engage in Agricultural activities at the institution
• Develop fund raising strategy for the construction of the Polytechnic buildings
• Submit Project Report to KVDA
• Volunteers are accepted to join this project at any time of the year and should
arrive in Kenya on 20th day of the month. The duration of placement is flexible
depending on the availability of the volunteer
• 2-day orientation seminar will be done on the 21st and 22nd of every month
Financial contribution
• The project participation fee is Euro 200 per month paid upfront on arrival
to the cover costs stipulated for the entire duration of the project.
• Monthly payment of participation fees is not allowed for conventional purposes.
• Volunteers accepted on MLTV project for one month will pay Euros 300 for the
one month placement.
What is included in the participation fee?
• Return transfers from the airport
• Full board at the project (Accommodation and meals provided at the project)
• Orientation, evaluation and monitoring
• Volunteer mentorship
What is not included in the participation fee?

• Travel to and from the project. The volunteer will be required to pay for the bus
• Refreshments outside the project
• Air ticket, excursion, Visa and Insurance
• Local travel and personal effect
• Home stay and the volunteer is entitled to private room but will share other
amenities and meals with the host family.
• It is convenient for the volunteer to carry sleeping bag, mat and personal effects.
• KVDA has a memorandum of understanding with the host project regarding the
project costs with appropriate procedures, checks and balances.
• Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is the port of arrival and KVDA
will designate a driver for the airport pick up.
• We strongly advice volunteers against getting taxis on their own without
reference to KVDA due to the obvious risks and in case of any challenges on
arrival kindly contact KVDA via mobile telephone 0721650357
• Volunteers will be driven to the YMCA South hostels located 15 Kilometers away
from the airport where they will be accommodated ahead of their placement to
the project.
• The residence is situated in the serene environment with amble space for
recreation and spectacular setting as the inauguration of volunteering to make a
difference in the world.
Leisure time
• Kenya is replete with a lot of interesting and natural spectacular sites of interest
that would capture the imagination of volunteers.
• From the tour to the renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve to visits to local
community beholding sights, the volunteers have the previledge to make choices
that would fundamentally make the difference.
• The project also offers a perfect opportunity for people who enjoy being close to
nature and are interested in the spectacular setting that traditional way of living
in the heartland of the African culture would enrich your cultural heritage
Laundry and water:
• Water is available at the hosting house from springs and it is important to
preserve water at all times due to its scarcity and cooperation with the hosts will
be highly appreciated

• There are no washing machines in the institution and the volunteer will be guided
on how to wash clothes
• Volunteers are expected to have their own medical insurance and other personal
expenses and it is important to carry your own medical and travel insurances.
• Mentor for the volunteer from the hosting organisation: KVDA
will designate its staff to play the role of mentoring and this is the vital link
between the volunteer and the organization. The Mentor has the responsibility to
enable the volunteer to efficiently execute their tasks with diligence.
• Function of mentor: advise, educate, be a role model to the volunteers;
providing problem solving, collaborative support, positive and non-evaluative
feedback and emotional support for volunteers; to provide comfort, exposure,
visibility and challenging assignments which directly support the volunteer’s
personal and professional development; to provide counselling and friendship to
support the volunteer’s self-image and competence and thus to listen, guide,
advice, teach and offer professional support to the volunteers
• The mentor will be available for the volunteer as a constant supporting person.
However, he/she should not be directly involved in the daily work of the
• Mentor’s Experience with international volunteers: More than 3
years’ experience with international volunteers
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