AGAPE CHILDREN MINISTRY
Agape began in Kisumu, Kenya in 1993 as a response from the compassionate heart of our founder, Darla Calhoun, RN. Darla was working in community health in the villages and small towns surrounding Kisumu. Whenever she came to town for supplies or to pick up her mail, she would immediately be surrounded by groups of begging street boys. They were dirty. They were hungry. Some of them were sick. Many of them were high from sniffing glue. They were desperate. And she knew in her heart she needed to do something to help them.
She began giving them small bags of peanuts to eat or pieces of soap so they could bathe in nearby Lake Victoria. As the number of boys flocking to meet her grew, she began to meet with them in one of the town parks.
Duration of the project: 1 to 6 months. The program is running throughout the year.
Orientation: Orientation meeting will take place in Nairobi before proceeding to the project.
Accommodation: Accommodation in orphanage or host family. There will be electricity and tap water
Location: Kisumu County, Kisumu west, kibuye market.
Age range: 18 and over
Participation fee: 600 Euros for 3 months
Leisure Activités: Lake Victoria, cultural exchange, excursions. The trips are done during the weekends.
Special requirements: No particular expertise or skills required. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient. However, specialized skills and expertise (such as early childhood education, teaching math, English, sciences, tutoring) will be used accordingly. Volunteers are expected to love kids and be motivated to spend time with them.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Identify the Family (1 to 3 Months) Our team works with each child to locate their family. We begin by trying to find the parents or home that the child came from.
Prepare the Family (1 to 3 Months)
Once a family has been found we assess the family to determine a plan to prepare the family. This may include family training, counseling, and/or financial assistance. In some cases, we prepare the family and the child for placement with short term weekend or week long visits.
Place the Child (1 Month)
Once the family and the child are ready, we place the child with the family. During the placement stage, we monitor the living situation closely with weekly visits to determine the progress of the placement. We also work to place the child in School, church, and other community activities.
Empower the Family (1 to 4 Years)
Once the child has been placed, we work to empower the family through family training, counseling, and follow up visits. In some cases short term financial or material assistance is provided as needed. The empowerment process is designed to produce an independent, healthy, and loving family that can sustain itself in the long term.