Volunteer opportunity with our family care self help group in Homa-Bay, Kenya



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    This is a family care self help group. It is fully run and operated by its members. It is an organization of Self Help Group registered with Ministry of Gender Sports and Social Services Department of Social Services in Homa-Bay County-Kenya.

    It was started in 2004 with a mission to create and promote sustainable integrated community based model of development-bottom up paradesign involving provision of vocational skills opportunities for girls and women in particular-with focus on girls and women in the community.

    The principal areas of concern of our group are:

    Socio-economic impacts of HIV/AIDS pandemic. Loss of human labour, talents, brain drainage of intellectual and professionals, high cost of medical bills and funeral expenses.

    Increased overdependancy ratio as adults in prime ages demise, leaving behind orphans, widows, the elderly, e.t.c. Socio-economic and metrological impacts of climate change-extreme hunger and poverty due to prolonged draughts, floods, fish decline, storms, etc. even right now many families go without food in the shores of lake Victoria. Region.

    Unemployment of youths including girls and women due to lack of vocational skills and Technologies to promote sustainable development.

    The principal targeted groups are girls (out of school) and women, who most of them are orphans and widows. These are the poorest segments of the community despite their numerical strengths.

    The goals and objectives are to promote pre-school and vocational skills transfers i.e. by way of permaculture, sustainable Agriculture applying simple irrigation systems, renewable sources of energy i.e. wind, solar, e.t.c. promote gender equality, equity and empower girls and women.

    Combat HIV/AIDS pandemic and other disease.

    Promote global partnership North/South cooperation.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Elderly Companionship
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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
  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Our organization has varieties of programmes that fully fits any willing volunteer. Our group opens it doors to any interested volunteer to work and transfer skills in any of the following areas.

    Work in community medical clinic which offers the following services to the members within the slum of Homa-Bay.

    . Screening and Testing of HIV/AIDS illness, preventive health services to the community, Guidance and counseling services, Free health mobile services, Training the community about health and hygiene.

    Work with orphans and vulnerable children from 2 years to 9 years. The volunteer can teach English, simple Maths, dances, songs and creative Arts. This is from Monday to Friday.

    The program is under home based care management where the orphans live with their foster families, friends and well-wishers as they go to school.

    Work or help in vocational training program- Tailoring and design project involving training and dress making and production of clothes for both men and women. The aim is to provide skills, self employment and generate incomes, e.t.c to alleviate poverty and sustainable livehoods.

    Work in horticulture farm-horticultural crop production and marketing of vegetables, kales, onions, tomatoes, water melons, fruits, spinach, cucumber, carrots, e.t.c.

    Work in fishing project on Lake Victoria.

    Work in transferring ICT skills on computer to the youths

    We always create work pattern that enable volunteer to feel comfortable and we are always flexible in our activities. Our daily programs run roughly from 9.30 am – 12:30 (with a lunch break), and resumes at 2:30 until around 4.30 p.m.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Luo: Fluent
    Swahili (Kiswahili): Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers stay with a host family under home based accommodation to enhance social integration and cultural immersion-Not provided at big tourist hotels and lodges which are expensive.

    During stay with the host family, the volunteer is given a private room, beddings (bed, blanket, bed sheet, mosquito nets, e.t.c) Because of Climate change impacts involving serious and prolonged drought resulting in famine and hunger we shall request for a small donation of 5 US Dollars per day to cover food with the family. The hikes of oil prices globally have made life to be difficult and very Expensive, the prices of essential commodities and goods from shops have immensely gone up.

    The volunteer will share everyday life with the host family, spend time together, cook, have meals, exchange ideas, discuss and laugh, e.t.c.

    The family host shall provide breakfast, lunch and super to the volunteer. Meals include fish, ugali, fish, vegetables, meat, tea, bread, e.t.c.

    Volunteers shall be provided with a flexible work pattern to enable them do other things like reading story books/novels or make visits to other places.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The volunteer shall be informed on the type of clothes, shoes, e.t.c to carry depending on the type of climate before they make trips. The volunteer arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or Kisumu International Airport where the host family shall arrange for someone to receive him/her there after directed to the buses to Homa-Bay.

    In Homa-Bay the volunteer shall be received by the Host family and given time to rest after the long journey till the next day where by the volunteer shall be introduced to the members and the project activities. After that the work pattern shall be drawn on the volunteer choice.

    The means of transport is local matatus or buses. We shall ask volunteer to be flexible/adaptable because of the new-social economic-cultural background Africa provides but we hope it will be exciting moments and some experiences in life.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    we live in our own compound and its big for parking

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets


  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day for five days in a week.

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    This host charges a fee

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    US$5 per day to help with food costs

Host ref number: 311973358491