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KVDA/STV/10A KENIA Malindi County, Coast Kenya HIV Stigma and discrimination in Kenya 04/10/2024 25/10/2024

Project Name: Miwani Primary School
Code: KVDA/STV/10A
Dates: 4TH -25th October 2024
Orientation: 4th October 2024
Travel to the Project: 3rd October 2023
Project closure: 5th October 2024
Travel from the project: 6th October 2024
Location: Malindi County, Coast Kenya
Theme: HIV Stigma and discrimination in Kenya
Project overview


 Miwani Primary School is in the north coast, situated in Miwani village,
Ganda location in Malindi Constituency. It is a community school run
by Maziwani Primary School with the full support of both the
community and the local government.
 Miwani has 158 pupils with a team of 9 teachers who work under very
difficult and appalling situation in order to educate these kids. The
village has a population of about 1000 people respectively.
 The school was established in 2011 following the need to start another
school given that the population had increased and the other public
schools were a distance away. As it were, a few structures were set up
with the help of local government and the school began running.
 The school is in the heart of the village and enjoys serenity and
tranquility of nature. However, most community members lack
education thus is faced with a lot of economic hardships and poverty
as a result. Therefore, the support extended to the school remains
minimal considering the life challenges that they undergo.
 In order to seal this gap, Mafanikio Community Based
Organization has partnered with the school, local government and
the county government in order to provide intervention measures to
improve the school infrastructure, provision of learning instructional
materials, international volunteer services and school feeding program
as a way of providing a conducive learning environment.
Project description
The project has short- and long-term goals that shall ensure that it stands on
its own after a span of two years. The goals include;
 Teaching Mathematics, English & Social studies
 Sports & games activities
 Community meetings participation
 Community development
 Identifying weak students and focusing on their potential strengths
 Assisting the head teacher in admin work
The short-term goals include;


1. Providing furniture to the teachers (tables & chairs)
2. Construction of 3 Toilets
The long term goals;
1. Borehole
2. Classrooms and
3. Fence
The government has pledged to construct two classrooms in aid of school
development. As a way of supporting the school, the local government
together with other stakeholders shall organize for a fundraising for another
classroom in December 2017.
Project activities
 Offering teaching services to the children especially in Mathematics,
English & Science
 Organizing educational trips and talent show activities
 Helping out in the poultry project (management & operation) and to
some extent manual work
 Supporting school administration
AGE: Volunteers have to be at least 18 years old to participate in the work
camp. There is no upper age limit
Volunteers will work for six hours daily from Monday to Friday.
Manual work and Intercultural activities:
 Teaching Mathematics, English & Social studies
 Sports & games activities
 Community meetings participation
 Community development
 Identifying weak students and focusing on their potential strengths
 Translation of thematic focus of the project together with the local


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
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: HIV Stigma and discrimination in Kenya
 Even though awareness of HIV and AIDS in Kenya is high, many
people living with the virus still face stigma and discrimination. Studies
have shown that although people are aware of the basic facts about HIV
and AIDS, many are not informed of the most in-depth knowledge that
addresses issue of stigma.
 One report revealed that of healthcare facilities that have policies to
protect people living with HIV against discrimination, only a third
admitted to implementing such policies. People are still afraid to
disclose their status and will often avoid health centers that provide
HIV services from fear of being seen by neighbours or community
 Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya and therefore men who have sex with
men face a high level of stigma and discrimination. In an attempt to
find out to what extend HIV is affecting the gay community, a census
for homosexuals would be the most effective methodology but with
homosexual still illegal, it is unlikely to have the statistics to reflect the
reality of HIV within the gay and lesbian community.
 Poverty is a major issue in the local community and is directly linked
to the spread of HIV/AIDS because poverty drives HIV/AIDS and
HIV/AIDS drives poverty. This highlights the need for a multifaceted
response to both problems, but particularly to the HIV/AIDS


 Both these problems disproportionately affect women and youth. The
goal is to try and enable the local members address community issues,
thus enhancing the economic and social empowerment of women and
youth for poverty reduction in Gideon Mosi, and linking this with
activities to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. These activities will also
help strengthen rural community and their local economies. In the
process being able to improve access to quality education for school
 The volunteers will be required to join hands together with community
members in addressing the theme of the camp in order to empower the
community to coming up with a more pro-active way of enhancing the
academic development of community children.
Orientation: Will be done on 4th October 2024 at Nairobi South YMCA
Hostel in Nairobi and the team will leave for the project on the morning of
5th October 2024.
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.
 Volunteers will stay at Nairobi South YMCA Hostel at a subsidized
fees ahead of their project placement.
Participation FEES
The project participation fees that is all-inclusive for the 3- week work camp
is Euro 300
What is not included in the project participation fees: Transport to
and from the project will be paid by the volunteers themselves.
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.


Project preparation cycle, return transfer from the airport, KVDA
administration, orientation, certificate of participation, project coordination,
facilitation, evaluation and monitoring
Excursion activities, transport to and from the project, local travel, 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
tour information.
 Volunteers will stay in classrooms at the School 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!
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