Exciting cultural exchange in a semi-rural community in Kisumu, Kenya



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    I am Nicholas Ojwando, 45 years old. Married with two boys. I'm the founder of the Sophia Foundation. My education background is social work and project management. I have over 25 years working with international organization in Kenya, South Sudan and Eritrea with street children, women youth refugees and internally displaced persons.

    I had this passion of starting an organization in my own village as away of giving back. Therefore, I decided to leave active employment in 2015 and the following years, the Sophia Foundation was born, with focus on talent development through art and economic empowerment of widows.
    So far we have made some little by putting up a community centre to conduct art classes and and gave out 15 small animals (sheep/goats to widows in Pap Onditi community.
    We are a registered community based organisation based in Pap Onditi, Kisumu City, at the shore of lake Victoria, Kenya.
    We are a community which is open, friendly and loves visitors. We always participate together during cultural functions as a way of solidarity. We are a community which fish is the main dish because of nearest to Lake Victoria but we also have variety of food.
    At our project site we grow variety of vegetables, fruits and crops for home consumption and our volunteers usually love to eat.
    Pap Onditi is a semi village a quite place and conducive environment for work. We have a flat, building for volunteers accommodation with running water and electricity. It's a place to be.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Elderly Companionship
    Farmstay help
    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
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    They will benefit in many ways, like have new friends, learn new languages, cook and try new foods, they will attend community cultural activities to understand our cultures and way of life.
    As the founder of the organization, I will be available to help and teach them about our cultures, way of life, our languages, food and show them around, visit some of the tourist sites around. I will work together with them most of the time and share meals together all the time with my family to build a family bond and just connect beyond volunteering.

  • Help


    We will welcome help in the following areas :
    -Plan activities together with the centre staff.
    -Teach art (drawing, moulding, singing, dancing, painting... or language classes.
    -Give talks to widows on development related issues.
    -Home visit to children or widows and develop their profiles and situations at their homes.
    -Develop documentaries
    -Help in the garden to plant or weed vegetables and fruits.
    -Help with coming once in a while.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    Knowing different languages is very important in connecting and interacting with different helpers from different cultural background. I will be available to teach helpers different languages spoken here, that is English Kiswahili and Luo (local) language.

  • Accommodation


    We have a flat with rooms where volunteers can share. There is running water and electricity.

    We have different types of local foods eaten here. This will be another way of cultural exchange by teaching helpers how to prepare and cook. Through this, they will learn and know how to cook for others. At the same time we will be able to learn to cook their foods.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    They can go to local makets, visit different places around, visit even homes of the beneficiaries. Basically they are free to plan their free time and where to go with the knowledge of the in charge and of cause accompanied by a staff.

  • 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 possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • 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

Host ref number: 483151674156