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Workcamp in Kenya about sustainable community development

Project Name: Ahero Resource Centre
Project Location: Kisumu County, Lake Victoria Region
Orientation date: 04th February 2017 from 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 05th February – 24th February 2017
Safari dates: 01st February – 03rd February 2017
Theme: Sustainable community development
No. of Volunteers: 10 – 20

Project profile
The Ahero Resource Center is located in Ahero, about 25km east of Kisumu town. The Center serves as a One-Stop-Shop, offering a variety of services to the local community. The center is equipped with a training facility to provide capacity building on Drought Resilient Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and Adult Education. The in-class training is complemented by practical learning on the adjacent Farmer Field School (Model Farm) which also encompasses a Greenhouse, Tree Nursery and Poultry Farm that provide practical examples of modern farming  practices as well as a source of nutrition and income for the Orphan Feeding Program.
The Ahero Resource Center is also equipped with a comprehensive rainwater-harvesting infrastructure to fully utilize the short and heavy rains in the region. Additionally a borehole provides a reliable and affordable source of safe water for the community.
From time to time, depending on the availability of funds, 30 school-going Orphans and Vulnerable Children get a free lunch at the center in order to improve their concentration and school performance.
The Center also hosts a Community Bank offering financial services, tailored to the needs of the local community, including saving accounts or issuing loans to members. This boosts the economical activities of the over 150 bank members.

Workcamp activities
– Working on the centers’ Model Farm to improve farm outputs for the orphan feeding program and to showcase good agricultural practices to the community
– Supporting the Orphan Feeding Program of the Ahero Resource Center  (e.g. lunch preparation, serving, washing dishes)
– General maintenance and cleaning of the center
– Planting of the trees at the center and in the surrounding community
– Kiswahili lessons

Arrival at the airport
We will pick up all volunteers taking part in this workcamp from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. CIVS will arrange accommodation up to three days before and after the workcamp in a host family in the Buruburu area of Nairobi.

Accomodation 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.
In this workcamp, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria at Kisumu city, which is about a 1-hour drive from the project. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to visit the Ahero rice fields, the local market or take an optional one-day trip to Kakamega Rainforest.

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: 01st – 03rd of February 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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