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My name is Ken and I am a young independent adult living in Takawiri Island, very close to the Mfangano Island. I live with two mothers (widows) and my two sisters. We live in a small house with big hearts and are very warm and welcoming. My mother makes delicious food like all the mothers in this world.
Are you looking for an authentic African experience in a rural and natural environment? Come and stay with me and my family and learn about a simple way of living, in close interaction with nature and what it provides on a everyday basis.
I am a young energetic man who values the life of children more than anything. I have big dreams for the children here in my island on how to overcome the challenges they are going through because of poverty.
FOOD PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN
We mostly need help in the food program for the vulnerable children in the Takawiri village who go to school without the first meal of the day as some of them are orphans, and some of them are really poor. As we all know, the first meal of the day is the most important meal but unfortunately, these little ones spend all morning until 1pm with an empty stomach. This really touched me and i thought of a solution on how to help these children so that they don't starve during their school. So I invested some money I had and began the Food Program just in order make their lives better.
At this very moment, we have about 60 children who are being taken care of under this program.
There are total of 300 students in the school but unfortunately we can't cater to all of them because of lack of funds.
The children are very talented, energetic, full of zeal, they get attached to people very easily and once you are here playing with them, you will be their idol as soon as they see you!
Volunteering with us in the program is a unique opportunity to improve people's lives. The Food Program is not the only project I am handling but it also aims to educate them moral values and skills to make them better persons in their future lives by which they can help their community.
We finally managed to create the first library on Takawiri! Both the children and the adults sorely need something to read. If you have any books you are finished with, or if you can bring any books from home and donate them to our small, but growing collection, that would be very much appreciated. English or Swahili is preferred, however your fellow workawayers may also enjoy books in other languages.
Also, any old smart phones, laptops, digital readers or tablets would also help open up the world to the children of Takawiri! If possible it would help if you could download any free content (games, language and educational apps, or books) as we have limited internet here.
The organization includes 15 widows from different places in the region. The goal is to help and empower these widows, by providing any available fundings for food or school material, helping repairing or rebuilding their homes, and teaching them some valuable life skills.
I have two small farms, one next to my mother's house and the other next to the lake where I grow some crops to help with my Program and to sustain myself and my family. We plant variety of crops such as corns, beans, bananas, pineapple, sugarcane, mango trees, local vegetables (like casava, yam etc.), potatoes and some other crops.
There is no waste collection system on Takawiri village, Island, and thus pollution is spoiling the natural environment and destroying the growing potential of the food crops. Volunteers may participate in this project by cleaning up the polluted areas and installing waste bins.
YOUR WORKAWAY EXPERIENCE
After feeding the kids in the morning, you will be working on various tasks depending on what is available (farming, paths maintenance, repairing things, etc.) and spending time with the kids. We are also asking volunteers to help with the house chores (cooking and washing dishes).
We are non-smokers but we don’t restrict any volunteer not to drink or smoke, as long as there are no children around. Volunteers are free to enjoy their stay but are expected to respect our culture and feelings. We are honest, loving, easy to get along with and humble people who enjoy a laugh!
I welcome all the ladies, gentlemen and couples or groups who are willing to help with our projects. We would love to have you on board !
I am looking forward to meeting all the volunteers with different skills especially in childcare, teaching, farming, nursing, organic gardening, etc. I do not discriminate with any race or culture and welcome each and everyone from different countries and religions to work with us and change the lives of the children to a better suitable level.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Cultural interaction uncovers an interesting aspect of integration and bridging of cultural differences. It opens up understanding of human lifestyles and creates an appreciation of the diversity on our planet.
You will have an opportunity to interact with the local Luo community and learn the language.
The island is home to a huge array of wild animals, notably the diverse species of birds, lezards, seals... and if you eat fish you will have the chance to enjoy the local varieties fresh from the lake, such as tilapia, omena and nile perch.
It is essential that you speak English for an effective collaboration. We are looking for people that can help in any of the following:
We need help with our FOOD Program for the children as mentioned above. We prepare a meal for them (usually Porridge) every day during school hours for the little kindergarten pupils. We would need your help to prepare the meal with us with our help and to serve these lovely kids which fills their tummies and brings a smile on their faces.
After School Program
Many children come to us after school as there are not many activities on the island. They love to play football and talk to the workaways. If you have any other skills you could share or teach the children there is opportunities for this. For instance some of the children are passionate about drawing and one visitor has given art lessons. Other potential things you could share with the children include; music, singing, yoga, art, your language, sports. We are open to suggestions! Also if you have any spare equipment such skipping ropes, balls, notebooks, stationery (pencils, coloured pencils, erasers, sharpeners etc) it would help a lot if you could donate anything you have which you no longer use. As mentioned above we're also eager for donated books so we can start the islands first library.
- connect our nonprofit project to prospective sponsors or businesses to ensure it runs smoothly and continuously.
- grant writing for the project fundraising programs to help me run the project continuously without stopping.
- children sponsorship for educational costs.
Farming, organic culture and waste collection
Help with computers / internet
Most of the children here have never used a computer before, and these computer literacy skills are essential for future use in higher education and in their careers, as well as their everyday life. It is appreciated if volunteers can set up computer literacy lessons at the school.
ENGLISH, SWAHILI, LUO
We shall provide three meals every day ,that's
breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will be provided with a separate room as your accommodation which would include a bed with a mosquito net and will also include toilet paper.
I would like to inform you that we shall be having all the meals together in my house as one family. Till the time you're here, we will live like a family, eat like a family but we would always respect your privacy.
There is a separate toilet and a bathing room for the Volunteers. It is separate and we use buckets for bathing where we bring clean water from the lake for a bath, or you can as well take your shower at the lake. The water is very fresh and clean, many volunteers like it and enjoy a lot.
Feel at home.
During free hours the volunteers will have time to do their own work and can go swimming, play with children, go hiking.
The children will keep you busy by playing with them and they'll be singing for you during the week days but there are many fascinating places to visit during your free times and at weekends:
• Ruma national game park .
• Lake Victoria and its islands, [Mbasa (also known as the bird island), Rusinga island , Ngodhe islands.
• Tom Mboya mausoleum (an important figure in Kenya's political history who came from Rusinga Island).
• Landing and fishing beaches.
• Kit mikai stones .
• Sikri for monkeys.
• Soklo for Holy caves.
• Hot springs close to Homa Bay.
• Legendary Lake close to Homa Bay.
• The Masai Mara, which is a 5 hour drive from Mbita.
-Traditional painting rocks in Mfangano island ,
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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