Volunteer in a women's socio-economic empowerment project in Manyatta Slum, Kisumu



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  • Description


    Our Organization is a nonprofit organization working to empower women through self-help initiatives. We are seeking to affect the economic and societal conditions in our communities.

    We are working with women in slums and rural regions of Western Kenya where jobs are scarce and incomes for individuals and families are typically less than $1 per day. The residents are subsistence farmers and there is little opportunity to earn money in this area. One of the primary programs is the Woman Empowerment Program. This program is designed to provide opportunities for income and employment to the women through teaching them tailoring skills. Approximately 21 women are involved in the program making beautiful items from African "Kitenge" Prints. The crafts are purchased and sold by women with all sales returning to fund programs in our organization, including handcraft training.
    African fabrics are known for their wonderful patterns and colors. We purchase fabrics from the Kenyan markets and use them to produce place mats, table runners, handbags and a variety of other products.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    • Travellers will help the community to provide customized solutions keeping in view of the community needs and to develop mutually beneficial relationships to foster Education, Culture, Tourism and international exchange of ideas.
    • Travellers will also gain experience in variety of fields including; social work, children and youth development, HIV/AIDS awareness and sports development
    • This will be an opportunity to have a taste of real Luo/African delicacies. Staying within our community, will give travellers an ample opportunity to learn and experience way of life and cultural practices.

    • We can offer local tourist guide and free leisure activities and traditional stories, cultures and entertainment.
    • Travellers will also have the opportunity to travel across the Lake Victoria and visit places like Takawiri Island, Mfangano Island, Rusinga Island, Kakamega rain Forest, Maasai Mara National Park, Thim lich Ohinga and many more places on their free time

    • Kisumu is a Lakeside City with a lot of leisure activities.

  • Help


    We are looking forward to engage volunteers in a life-changing experience by volunteering at a HIV positive Women’s Socioeconomic Empowerment Project site.
    Visitors will be able to work directly with the women teaching reading, writing and math. Volunteers can also work with the women to help develop product and marketing ideas, business and financial management this involves topics addressing critical financial literacy issues. To start with women mentors and help in developing their financial literacy skills. Volunteers also to help in photography(taking photos of the fashion items made by women) and whole-body wellness and empowerment.
    Since our organization is still small, volunteers are also welcomed to help in writing Grant Proposals and networking

    We are also having a community farm where volunteers can help in doing farm work. Volunteers can work with our women farmers to provide training in improved farming techniques and compost making as well as business and marketing. You will have the chance to experience what life is like for subsistence farmers in Kenya

    Volunteers can also offer their help as a teacher and assist in a Pre-school and Primary school withing our project site. Your input will be a great help and much appreciated as schools are often under staffed and lack resources. Experienced teachers are particularly welcome.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    We can accommodate up to eight volunteers, in most cases volunteers will have their own room, bed and bedding are provided and the house is well equipped with running water, Hot shower, electricity, unlimited access to internet and well equipped modern kitchen. However, at times there can be power outages throughout Kisumu, and this neighborhood is no exception. Please understand that life in Kenya is different from life in the Western Country and volunteers will not have the same amenities that they have at home. This experience is about being flexible and adaptable to new conditions.

    A typical breakfast consists of Kenyan chai tea and bread and jam or pancakes or eggs. Cereal is also available in the local supermarkets. Lunch is typically rice, ugali, or lentils with vegetables. Dinner is usually a common Kenyan dish: rice and beans; chapati and vegetables; fish and ugali, fresh fruit, etc. Volunteers will take turns helping cook meals. Western food and snacks can be purchased on your own at nearby grocery stores. Please note that some foods may be different than what you’re accustomed to, but being flexible is important to respecting and adapting to a new culture.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Great opportunity to interact with locals.
    Volunteers will also have the opportunity to travel across the Lake Victoria and visit places like Takawiri Island, Mfangano Island, Rusinga Island, Kakamega rain Forest, Maasai Mara National Park, Thim lich Ohinga and many more places on their free time.

  • A little more information

    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

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