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KVDA/STV/12a KENIA Muhuru-Bay, Migori County, South West Kenya Empower the marginalized community 06/12/2024 20/12/2024

December 2024
Project Name: Shining star ecdc and orphans school
Code: KVDA/STV/12a
Dates: 6th -20th December 2024
Orientation: 6th December 2024
Travel to the Project: 7th December 2024
Project closure: 19th December 2024
Travel from the project: 20th December 2024
Location: Muhuru-Bay, Migori County, South West Kenya
Theme: Empower the marginalized community
AGE: Volunteers have to be at least 18 years old to participate in the work
camp. There is no upper age limit.
Project overview
 Shining Star ECDC and Orphans School is located in Migori County,

Nyatike Sub-county, Muhuru division, Muhuru -East location in Tagache Sub-
location, along Muhuru-Migori road.

 The School was founded in 1999 by Mr. Hevrone Killmess Mairah due to
lack of access to educational institutions in the area due to its remote setting,
challenges posed by orphans the majority of whose parents are ravaged by
HIV/AIDS pandemic and the high illiteracy levels within the community coupled
high unemployment.
 In 2000 the school had a good number of children and 3 teachers and the
community enjoyed the being of Shining Star.


 In 2001 the school was temporarily closed due to the conflict within the local
community until 2002 when this was resolved and the community agreed to host
the School at the local Church due to lack of classroom buildings.
 2003 the land was bought and demarcation done.
 In 2005 the first classroom was built by a volunteer called Steffi Rahn a 19-year
old from Germany.
 2009 started hosting volunteers from KVDA courtesy of the Germany
Government sponsored program “Weltwaerts” that afforded young Germans an
opportunity to volunteer in Kenya for the duration of one year.
 2011 Shining Star was registered with the Kenyan Government as a learning
 2012 started building dormitory for both orphans and those having parents with
the help of former KVDA volunteer from Germany named Daniel, which
structure has since been completed.
 2013 the School started goat farming and poultry farming that is still underway.
It also set aside space for an orphanage home and new toilets that are already
 There are more plans in the pipeline e.g. Agriculture, Business loaning for the
widows and youths, competitive sports between local clubs and the School where
trophies, balls and other gifts will be awarded to the participating teams
 The School has a population of over 360 children, 11 teachers and 5 support staff.
 The School has classes from Kindergarten to Standard eight.
 Shining Star ECDC and Orphans School is a community based education
institution and caters for the needs of the orphans and Vulnerable Children
(OVC) that had been rendered destitute.
 Fishing is the mainstay of the local community thanks to the expansive Lake
 Due to the easy cash courtesy of the Lake, young people have been lured to drop
out of School to engage in fishing and this has negatively impacted on the
community since it has resulted in early marriages, school drop outs, early and
unplanned pregnancies not forgetting the spread of HIV/AIDS that has resulted
in increased number of OVC’s in the community.
 Community empowerment is crucial in achieving the overall objective of
attaining sustainable development.
PROJECT Activities
 Early childhood development; basic primary school education;
 This year 2015 the School has launched the secondary school section with the first
students’ intake launched in February 2015.
 Care and support orphans and vulnerable Children and HIV/AIDS families;
 Enhancement of community empowerment trainings; ICT promotion and
development in the local area and capacity building for community based


Manual work and Intercultural activities:
 Tasks of the volunteer in the project will be teaching: Languages (Any of these
subjects English, French and Germany) Mathematics and Science
 Development of club activities in the school
 Promotion of sports and extra curriculum activities such as physical education;
working in the school garden
 Submit Project Report to KVDA
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: Empower the marginalized community
 The community hosting the project is predominantly Luo speaking but
on the edge of marginalization despite the fact that the Luo people
constitute the majoritarian ethnicity in Africa.
 The mainstay of the community is small scale farming and fishing as
they reside on the shores of the legendary Lake Victoria.
 High poverty levels, unemployment, deprivation and skewed
allocation of resources by the political elite has driven the majority of
the people to desperation as they are determined to create space to
earn a living and support the extended families.
 This project aims at raising the bar for the people to be aware of their
immediate circumstances in order to endeavor to become agents of
their own destiny.
 Involvement of national and international volunteers is aimed at
enhancing the capacities through the sharing of the best practices and
this can only be effective when conducted in an environment where the


key players are determined to render service to the community through
Orientation: Will be done on 6th December 2024 at Nairobi South YMCA
Hostel in Nairobi and the team will leave for the project on the morning of
7th December 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 transfers 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 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 recommended.
 There is no electricity connection at the project but volunteers can
charge their electric appliances at the nearest market center.
 However, 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 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.