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Workcamp in Kenya supporting young adults with mental disabilities

Project Name: Cranes of Dago Thim Self Help Group
Project Location: Nyahera Location, Kisumu County of Kenya
Orientation date: 07th January 2017 from 10:00 am
Start and end dates: 08th January – 27th January 2017
Safari dates: 04th January – 06th January 2017
Theme: Supporting young adults with mental disabilities
No. of Volunteers: 10 – 20

Deadline: as soon as possible

Project profile
Cranes of Dago Thim Self Help Group was established to make an impact on the growing problems vulnerable children, widows and orphans face regarding their right to sustainable development. The group is dedicated to the promotion and protection of children’s rights and to the support of the vulnerable, widows and orphans. The group organizes routine trainings on farming for the widows and youths, promotes human values through advocacy and community out-reach programs e.g. jiggers eradication and treatment, education and financial support to the less fortunate members of society, in order to realize the full potential and capabilities of the community.
The group has a small farm within the member’s homestead where they rear local poultry for meat and eggs, cattle for resale, meat and milk and a small area for planting cash crop i.e. bananas, vegetables, tomatoes and fodder. The farm products are sold to the locals and in the local markets and some are distributed to the individuals, supported by the group. The money made is used to support the group’s programs.
The group also supports people with disabilities and distributes sanitary towels to girls in public schools within the community.

Workcamp activities
– Taking part in the teaching of various subjects (mathematics, language, writing, drawing, gardening, sewing, beadwork, computer skills and cleaning)
– Organizing extra-curricular activities
– General maintenance and cleaning of the center
– Provision of guiding and counseling services to the students
– Farm work

Arrival at the airport
All volunteers taking part in this project will be picked up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. CIVS will arrange accommodation before and after the workcamp in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

Accomodations and sites of interest
Accommodation will be at the project in this workcamp and it is important that you have your own sleeping bag and mat. During the workcamp, volunteers will get food from locally available foodstuffs and the volunteers will share the responsibility of preparing the food. The volunteers can visit Kisumu city and have the opportunity to see Lake Victoria, Masai market, Kisumu Museum. The volunteers will also have the possibility to visit Kakamega rainforest, which is about one hour drive from Kisumu.

Camp fees
Volunteers participating in this project will be required to pay 265 Euros. This cost will include:
– Airport pick up upon arrival & Airport drop off after the workcamp
– Up to 3 nights’ accommodation in Nairobi
– Introduction to Kenyan life through a Nairobi City Center Tour before the workcamp
– Workcamp Orientation at the CIVS office in Nairobi or the workcamp site
– Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
– Workcamp facilitation and mentoring of volunteers by an experienced workcamp leader
– Certificate of participation for the volunteer
– All administrative costs

Safari option
CIVS organizes safaris to all the spectacular National Parks and touristic sites in Kenya, with the main attraction being Masai Mara Game Reserve. Volunteers who wish to go on a safari should apply at least two weeks before arrival to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park, entry, accommodation and tour guiding.
Safari dates: 04th – 06th January 2017
Charges: 3-day Safari to Masai Mara National Reserve, 330 Euro

What to carry
Volunteers are required to carry the following items for the workcamp: mosquito net, torch/flashlight, toiletries, first-aid kit, sleeping bag, sandals and sunscreen. In addition to those, volunteers can also carry the following items for interaction purposes: pictures of your country, old clothes that are no longer in use, toys, books, pens, etc.

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