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KVDA/MLTV/2020/26 KENIA Butula Location, Busia County Conservation/Health 20/07/2020 31/12/2020

Project Name: Esikoma Community Health Volunteers
Location: Butula Location, Busia County
Service Sector: Conservation/Health

• 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 background
• German foundation for world population through a community based
organization, trained some community health members on HIV/AIDS
prevention, VCT Counselors, Community mobilizers, and home based care givers
and educators among others. During the project period, while the trained

Project Name: Esikoma Community Health Volunteers
Location: Butula Location, Busia County
Service Sector: Conservation/Health

members were visiting the community, they realized that there was a big health
problem in the community. Apart from HIV/AIDS as the main problem, there
were more health issues such as an increase number of orphans/ vulnerable
children, and jiggers menace as a result of parents’ death from HIV/AIDS.
• Most orphans whose parents died from HIV/AIDS. Were infected by jiggers, this
was as a result of parental and guardian poor care. In generals these children
lacked basic needs such as health care, shelter, education, and clothing among
• Having realized all these problems within the community, few members from
Butula who were trained, decided to establish a group which could address the
above mentioned health issues. The group was then referred to as Esikoma
Community Health Volunteers (ECHV).
• Esikoma Community Health Volunteers (ECHV) is a community self-help group
established in 2014 by local volunteers operating within Butula Sub County with
its main office at Esikoma Market within Marachi central Ward, focusing on
Health and community development and other health related issues.
The name of the group shall be Community Development Self-Help Group
Section 1.2. Address.
Postal Address. Po Box 252 Nambale
• County : Busia
• Sub-County: Butula
• Division: Butula
• Location: Marachi Central
• Sub Location: Esikoma
• The group shall have its main office located at Esikoma Market, Butula Sub
County within Esikoma Sub-Location.
Project activities
Section 1.1 Visions: A Healthy and Developed Community.
Section 1.2. Mission To spearhead implementation of Community-Health and
Environmental programs in Marachi Central
Sec 2.3 Group’s objectives
• Take an active role in implementation of community Development programs in

• To create and promote awareness among the members of the community on
sustainable natural resource management.
• To facilitate information generation, sharing and networking amongst all
members of the community, and other SHG.
• To establish income generating activities that will sustain and improve the
livelihood of the community.
• To support people living with HIV-AIDS to increase access and improve quality
of healthcare by providing nutritional supplements.
• To build the capacity of youth on adolescent sexual and reproductive health.
• To educate the local community on girl child education.
Current programs
• Numerous efforts have targeted Busia region to reduce the threats to biodiversity,
these includes rehabilitation attempts and aids to help build socio economic
status of communities, most river banks have are still being cultivated by the
bigger group .This has resulted in slow but continual degradation of riverbanks
and wetlands.
• Most of grassland and wetland in Busia are rich with biodiversity but this over
exploitation of grassland and wetlands has caused a lot of negative efforts, In
Busia ecosystem ,the communities realized this major cause and this programs
has improved many lives of the community members.
Environmental sustainability
• Wetlands and grassland conservation will help maintain the unique species of
both fauna and flora for present and future generations
• Low impact IGA and eco-torism will help to maintain the ecological integrity of
the programs sites in the region
• Reduced rural poverty will if matched with greater awareness and provision of
resource alternatives, promote sustainable use of biological resources and
Volunteer tasks
• Rehabilitation and conservation of Busia Wetlands
• Environmental education to schools
• Participate in renewable energy program
• Participate in nature based livelihood support program
• Participate in the support program for vulnerable children
• 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
• Personal effects
• 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 20 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