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KVDA/STV/11a KENIA KAKAMEGA County, Western Kenya To Build the Capacity of youth on reproductive health 08/11/2024 29/11/2024

November 2024
Project Name: Esikoma Community Health Volunteers
Code: KVDA/STV/11a
Dates: 8th to 29th November 2024
Orientation: 8th November 2024
Travel to the Project: 9th November 2024
Project closure: 28th November 2024
Travel from the project: 29th November 2024
Location: KAKAMEGA County, Western Kenya


Theme: To Build the Capacity of youth on reproductive
Project overview

 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.
 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
 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 others.
Group’s objectives
 Take an active role in implementation of community Development
programs in Butula
 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.
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. They will
work together with the local community members on the following activities:
Manual work and Intercultural activities:

 Rehabilitation of Busia wetlands
 Environmental education to schools
 Conservation of Busia wetlands
 Support of venerable children in the communities
 Rural renewable energy management and conservation
 Nature based livelihood support

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: To Build the Capacity of youth on reproductive
 Gender equality implies a society in which women and men enjoy the
same opportunities, outcomes, rights and obligations in all spheres of
 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.
 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 November 2024 at Nairobi South YMCA
Hostel in Nairobi and the team will leave for the project on the morning of
9th November 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 a homestead 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!
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 are the emergency contacts for Kenya Voluntary Development


KVDA Administration: +254721 650 357
PROJECT DETAILED INFO SHEET: Will be sent to the volunteer sending
organization within one week on acceptance of the volunteer by KVDA.
CONFIRMATION DEADLINE: Should be done via e-mail at least one month
before the start of the project.