Creating awareness & improving the socio economic status of people with epilepsy & erb's palsy in Kikuyu Town, Kiambu County, Kenya

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 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    My name is John Mwangi and my partner Joyce and myself are blessed with 3 children one of whom is Roy (after whom the foundation is name) who was diagnosed with epilepsy and erb's palsy.

    Our organization is based in Kikuyu Town where our offices are located, some 20km from Nairobi City CBD in a semi urban settlement area. We help people with epilepsy and erb's palsy, people with other long term conditions and people with disabilities and their families through initiatives that allow them to develop skills that will earn them consistent income.

    Medicine and Therapy is key for proper care, however it is expensive to afford let alone sustain therefore enabling those diagnosed with epilepsy and erb's palsy increase their income will help them afford better care and reduce the strain on their families.

    We also work to increase awareness around epilepsy and erb's palsy in order to reduce the stigma in the society. Epilepsy is like a taboo or a curse in most communities in Kenya and our aim is to increase awareness, reduce the stigma and ensure proper care and wellness is provided to those diagnosed with epilepsy and/ or erb's palsy.

    We also received 15 desktop computers from Safaricom Foundation through the Ndoto Zetu program and we are using them to run a digital skills training centre and a co working space for our members and community.
    We are in need of volunteers who can help us train and transfer digital and computer skills to our students and members.

    We also run a small community library with some magazines, children books, novels and books about nature. We are accepting book donations so you can carry some books to donate or reach out through our email to see how you can send them to us.

    Finally, we are also starting home social worker visits. These visits are tailored to teach the caregivers proper nutrition, wellness and care of people with long term conditions and/ or disabilities. We will also use the visits to assess the socio, economic, medicinal ad wellness (mental and physical) needs of the affected persons and their caregivers. This is to see what socio economic empowerment activities and trainings we can offer to the affected persons and their caregivers to help them generate sustainable income.

    We look forward to hosting you as you help us with our initiatives and programs as we have fun.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    First and foremost, you will get to learn a lot about epilepsy, erb's palsy and how to take care of people with epilepsy and erb's palsy.

    You will also get to participate in socio economic projects that will have a positive impact on many people long after you are gone ensuring you have contributed in your own way to the good of the world.

    There will also be a lot of cultural exchange as you will get to interact directly with the community learning our language and ways in the process. Our food is also amazing so that is a plus to it all.

    All in all, you will have impacted positively the lives of people living with epilepsy and erb's palsy.

  • Help


    We are in need of volunteers to help with the initiatives and programs that we undertake as an organisation. This will include but is not limited to:

    1. Home visits to families and people diagnosed with epilepsy and erb's palsy.
    2. Providing medicine to people diagnosed with epilepsy and erb's palsy
    3. Going for therapy visits with people diagnosed with erb's palsy
    4. Helping with set up and execution of workshops and awareness programs.
    5. Community projects like town clean ups, public talks etc
    6. Participating in socio economic programs that will help families and people with epilepsy/ erb's palsy earn income.
    7. Help with art projects and computer projects in the community geared towards epilepsy and erb's palsy awareness.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Swahili (Kiswahili): Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I would love to learn any and all languages that our volunteers may be speaking.

  • Accommodation


    You will be sleeping in a 3 bedroom house in Kikuyu Town with a capacity to hold up to 8 people at a go. The hose has running tap water, hot shower, a flashing toilet, electricity and is located close to the market and bus station.

    We will provide all beddings to be used and food, all 3 meals, and more included.

    We also have WiFi in the house to allow you to catch up with your loved ones, finish up on some work or even share your experiences here.

    We are close to Nairobi CBD where the international airport is, about 40min away, and we have all the major Kenyan banks and more in Kikuyu Town.

    You will also have someone available to help you with whatever that will be needed 24/7 during your stay, as an organization we have volunteers who help with community mobilization.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are lucky to be close to the Nairobi national Park, Ondiri Wetland (the second biggest water bog/ swamp in Africa), Giraffe Center, Karura Nature Trails and many other amazing sites within our area.

    You can be able to visit these places during the free time (daily work is about 4 - 5 hrs a day max), we will provide the logistics and ensure someone is with you to guide during the visits.

    We also have Mt. Longonot, Hell's Gate Park and others for those that fancy climbing a not so small mountain or seeing the deep trenches that gave Hell's Gate Park it's name.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have good internet connection both at the home and at our offices therefore digital nomads can work both at home and at the office if they want some peace and quiet.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We accept pets except reptiles like snakes, alligators/ crocodiles or any animal that is not legal to own as a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 158483958397

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