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Kenya Project Volunteer, ACTS, Nairobi, Kenya
DescriptionKenya's population is hugely affected by the struggles of poverty, unemployment and HIV/AIDS. At the end of 2005, it was estimated that 1.3 million people in Kenya were living with HIV/AIDS (150 000 of those being children), with a staggering 1.1 million additional orphans due to virus. There are various places with countless possibilities to impact the lives of those that are affected by this myriad of problems, such as the Nairobi slums, surrounding orphanages, schools, and clinics. The exact ministry schedule will be determined by the ACTS team and the various community partners and will be adjusted closer to the time, so as to best meet the exact needs of the communities volunteers will be working in. As a volunteer you will be involved in a number of ministries that are linked to local initiatives in the surrounding community or are led by missionaries in our area. Orphanages/Children’s Centre’s in Limuru: There are over a million orphans in Kenya mainly due to AIDS, of which only 5 % get any kind of support. These children, ranging from 0 – 16 years old, come from backgrounds that have been affected by HIV/AIDS, abuse, poverty or illness. Some have been taken in when they were found living on the streets, whilst others are developmentally delayed and need extra care to promote their growth. These children are all in need of love and attention. Limuru Children’s Centre (LCC) serves orphaned and vulnerable children in the Limuru area. As a boarding home as well as daily feeding programme, the L.C.C. provides love, support, and basic needs for more than 150 children. Volunteers at the L.C.C. assist with daily preparation of meals, play football/soccer and other games with the children, and tackle practical projects such as painting, building, and chopping wood. Angels Home for Abandoned Babies was founded by a local Kenyan woman with a passion for abandoned children. Angels is a home for ten babies and counting! Alongside a team of "Mamas," volunteers can help with daily needs such as nappy changing, feeding, and bathing, as well as simple interaction with babies, including holding them, reading to them, facilitating developmental growth, etc. The Power Women’s Group: The Power Women’s Group is a support group of HIV-positive women. They have come together to support each other in trying circumstances, learning as a group how to deal with their sickness and how to provide for themselves and their families. They started a business selling their handmade crafts and have a small shop on the outskirts of the Kibera slums. Their business supports the women, with savings set aside for emergency medical needs, school fees, and the maintenance of the business. Volunteers visit the Power Women’s Group once a week to do Bible study with the women. Volunteers began a chronological Bible study with the women and are continuing to progress with this. The weekly meetings are wonderful times of singing, prayer, and encouragement. Teaching Ministry: Volunteers help out mainly in pre-schools, working alongside and assisting the local teachers. The Kenyan teaching method is generally very repetitive and monotone (rote learning technique), and children aren’t encouraged to think for themselves. Volunteers are a great help in showing teachers new creative teaching methods that will give them more variety. Through this we aim to enrich the teaching programme and not to change it. LCC-K (a branch of LCC): LCC-K serves pre-school children between the ages of 4–7 years in the Kamirithu area. LCC-K was founded as a sub branch and outreach of L.C.C., having a feeding programme and offering pre-school education to prepare children for their next level of schooling. LCC-K has around 60 students in 3 classes, and teachers appreciate assistance in the classroom. Volunteers can assist teachers with regular lessons or by adding lessons in music, art, etc. LCC-K also provides a mid-day meal for many previous pre-scholars that have graduated to the primary level of education, and volunteers are welcome to help in the preparation of these meals. Furthermore, volunteers can assist with practical improvements such as painting, fence building and other general repairs, etc.
Group Minimum and Maximum
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Short Term Mission Trip Details
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- Room & Board
Amount Paid (if any)
Cost (per person)
This cost includes:
- Pre-departure information - Thorough orientation & induction - All project-related transport (including airport pick-up and drop-off) - Accommodation at beautiful volunteer house - All meals - Project/Ministry facilitation - 24-hour support from ground-staff (including services of volunteer coordinator, drivers, cooks, etc) - Discipleship - Security - 10% tithe back towards ministry
Length of Trip
1 to 2 months