Supporting Mfangano Island Community with Quality Healthcare and Early Years Education, Mfangano Island-Mbita-Kenya



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  • Description


    I'm a male Kenyan citizen aged 41 years working with a Community Based Organization in Kitenyi village, Mfangano Island-Kenya.
    I'm from a typical African family with several brothers and sisters who stay in a closely knit family unit. I stay in my home with my beautiful wife Hellen and our son Innocent who's out in a boarding High School most of the year and is only home during school holidays.
    I'm a born fisherman and with a professional background in Project Planning and Management. I believe in getting things done within Time, Cost and to the expected Quality.
    I'm a co-founder and the current Chairman of HOPE, a Community Based Organization which coordinates a number of community projects in the remote Island community of Mfangano aimed at improving the communities quality of life. Our primary focus are:

    Access to quality, affordable and reliable health services still remains a great challenge for most Kenyans especially to those living in remote and rural hard to reach areas like Mfangano Island. These communities contribute greatly to the high numbers of negative health outcomes especially maternal and neonatal deaths in Kenya. Homa Bay county is among the top Ten leading counties in maternal and neonatal deaths in Kenya. Unskilled births, alternative medicines (herbs) and delays in recognizing need for care,delay in reaching care and delay in receiving appropriate care are major drivers of poor health outcomes within Mfangano.
    At HOPE community medical clinic,we work with a team of 40 community health volunteers who serve as the primary contacts within the community.
    The CHVs are trained in basic first aid and serve as first responders offering first aid, emergency care
    coordination within the Island.

    We plan to conduct several medical camps/outreaches in the community from July 20th Through to August 30Th. We're calling upon medical volunteers to join us in these events.

    Though the government of Kenya has made remarkable strides in ensuring that all pupils gets quality and affordable education as outline in the constitution, the affordable cost is not affordable cross board. There are a number of families still struggling to keep their children in school. HIV/AIDS left a trail of deaths in the early 80s and 90s killing either one or both parents in several households of these fisher folks. The effect is till being felt to date with single parents or total orphans struggling to make ends meet.
    We believe that the best way to pull these struggling families out of the generational poverty is by supporting bright needy students from such families to get quality education.
    To this end, has partnered with Education for All Children (EFAC) and Kenya Education Fund (KEF) to identify and link bright needy and deserving pupils from the Island with these two scholarship organizations. So far, seventeen (17) students have be supported through this partnership.
    We also support Kitenyi primary School Pre-school grade pupils with essential learning and playing materials to keep them in school. This has greatly increased the number of new enrollments and retention of early grades pupils.
    Join us is construction of a new classroom for Early Years Education pupils aged 4 to 7 in Uzuwi village in Mfangano Island. The pupils from this community are seriously disadvantaged because the nearest schools to their community are over 6Kms. This makes them to start school at very late age.
    In line with Sustainable Development Goal #2 ZERO HUNGER, we practice sustainable agriculture to achieve food security and improve nutrition. We practice rotational farming where we plant several set of crops, vegetables-kale, beans,sweet potatoes bananas and maize among others and depending on the season.

  • 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
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    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

    Volunteering here comes with immense benefits. The volunteers will have the opportunity to connect directly with the loving, peaceful and welcoming people the Suba community who migrated from Uganda and settled in Mfangano Island several generations ago.
    The volunteers will learn about the culture and way of life of the Suba people who are still rich in cultural practices, they'll have the opportunity to visit traditional rock paintings and sacred ancestral homes of the first ancestors to settle in Mfangano which have been preserved for their cultural significance.
    Being a fishing community, volunteers will be taken for boat safaris and fishing trips to catch their own fish for lunch or dinner. You don't have to be a fishing guru, we have all the trusted fishing gears and a team of professional fishermen who will make your fishing trips fun moments.

    Get the opportunity to enjoy freshly prepared local dishes with the signature dish being Ugali and Fish.
    Mfangano Island sits on the expansive waters of Lake Victoria on the Kenya Uganda borders. This offers spectacular view of the sun sets every evening.

  • Help


    With so many lose running parts, we need help with volunteers for some very specific and general task.

    We need volunteers who can help our community health workers with trainings on First Aid and Wilderness first responder.Equipping our community health workers with these critical life saving skills will greatly improve their role as first contact persons in the community.
    Volunteers with IT,grant proposal writings, Web design and online marketing are also welcome to help us have a global presence,fundraising and to develop a business model on how the clinic can be sustained.

    We need help in designing and construction of outdoor playing ground for the pre-school kids at Kitenyi Primary school. For those who love kids,we got your back,come and share the fun with pre-school kids as they take their first lessons of letters,numbers and colors. Have your water paints and brush handy.
    Though the government covers most of the tuition fee, some students cannot still afford the remainder of the fees and other basic learning materials. We need volunteers who can help with online fundraising for the bright needy and deserving students so that they can remain in school.

    We need your help if you don't mind getting your hands dirty. Join us in our farm for a hands farming activities to support the community get fresh and healthy farm produce.

  • Languages

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

    This host offers a language exchange
    I'm seriously interested in learning foreign languages from my volunteers.

  • Accommodation


    The volunteers will have a separate private guest room with twin beds that can easily accommodate two guests at any given time. The rooms are within our compound with a shared bathrooms. Due to the current cost of living in Kenya, we're not able to cover meals 100%. We request volunteers to foot half of the cost. Any volunteer with special dietary restriction will have to pay full price for the special meals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Volunteers are free to visit other neighboring islands (Mbasa, Takawiri, Remba, Ringiti and Atego) which are less than one hour boat ride from Mfangano for bird watching, fishing trips or just sight seeing.
    Volunteers can also visit rock paintings, caves and ancestral forests which have been preserved for generations for their cultural significance.

  • 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

    I'm a club member of Ekialo Kiona CBO, the only organization with quality WIFI connections in the island. My guests and I are always allowed to use the internet subject to meeting the clubs terms and conditions which are pretty basic.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Mfangano Island is one of the amazing places to visit. It's a community with very low crime rate where everyone knows everybody. Volunteers with camper vans are free to park their vans in our compound during their stay.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 561166181481