Education for orphans and empowerment for widows in Mfangano Island, Kenya



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    This is a certified non-profit community based organization, founded in the year 2012 and works for a better future on Mfangano Island in the Kenyan part of Lake Victoria. We strive to provide access to basic quality education, healthcare and socio- economic empowerment for those orphaned or widowed by HIV/AIDS.

    The main economic activities on the island are subsistence farming and fishing. Over 30% of the island's population is affected by the HIV/AIDS disease and this is one of the highest rates in the world.We embrace local sustainable initiatives or approaches in our efforts to improve the livelihoods of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in our rural community.

    We are honored to accept volunteers from around the world to Mfangano Island at any point during the year to help realize our social goals.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The travelers will get to know everything about life and local culture on our island in Lake Victoria. Additionally, Mfangano island also has attractive physical historical features and brilliant landscapes.

  • Help


    The volunteers will help in our efforts depending on the skills they have in various fields.Below are activities that the travelers will help in:

    1. Campaigning: This entails raising awareness of our projects by marketing the jewelry made by the widows, and filming workshops. They will also manage our website and social media accounts.

    2. Fundraising: Organizing fundraising efforts meant to seek sources of financial support for the organization from individuals, corporate partners and public sectors,including fundraising initiatives for the orphaned children school fees.

    3.Education: Providing educational support to the children. Most of the children are computer illiterate and volunteers can help in teaching basic computer lessons for the disadvantaged kids to be able to compete fairly with kids in township areas.

    4.Counseling: Volunteers will join our weekly meet-ups with the children. Talking and playing with the kids and helping out with food distribution.

    5.Farming & building: The organic farm activities depends on the time of the year.This include watering, planting, seeding, mulching, digging among other activities. We plan to start new farming projects such as poultry keeping, rearing traditional chickens that are on demand and with good returns to make the project self-sustainable.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Swahili

  • Accommodation


    We offer free accommodation and meals to our volunteers in exchange for work done.The volunteers will share with us the local healthy food dishes from our organic farm.

    The farm hosts a variety of crops such as cassavas, sweet potatoes, bananas, maize, pumpkins, beans, avocados, paw paw, tomatoes, kales, herbal, aloe vera, lemon grass, yams and cashew nuts. We also rear animals such as goats, cows, and chickens.

    There is a private room or space to sleep in our property where volunteers will stay during their volunteering period.The sleeping space in the room has bedding for the volunteers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Volunteers will be able to visit cultural and historic sites such as the Abasuba Community Peace Museum, traditional rock art paintings, and ancient caves, swimming, hiking, bird watching, and boat expeditions around the island during their free time.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

The private room or space where volunteers will stay during the exchange.
We currently support fifteen women who have lost their husbands to HIV/AIDS.
My name is David and I live on the island Mfangano in the Kenyan part of Lake Victoria. I want your help to provide education and empowerment to the most vulnerable in my community!
We believe in self-help and that is why we focus on the combination of education and economic empowerment to make long lasting impact.
Volunteering is a deeply meaningful and rewarding experience!

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