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I am George aged 37 years old, from Kenya, Homabay County, Mbita Sub-County. I am the Leader of a Ministry. Our mission is fellowshing and serving the community as well. Fishing on Lake Victoria is the main economic activity in this area. We are located in Mbita Town, Homa bay County.
In our efforts to holistically minister to the people of Rusinga Island, Mbita Town, the Ministry also operates a project; Kindergarten School which is currently at grade 3, to offer complementary efforts in support to the poor children who could not afford educational requirements. At the school, we have, the Chairman, Manager, Secretary and the three members from the ministry as the people running the school. Many children here are orphans due to Hiv and Aids epidemic which has left many kids minus parental care this is couple with the general poverty due to slow economic growth affecting many countries in Africa.
Mbita Sub-County has one of the highest HIV/AIDS incident rates in Kenya. Government statistics place the incident rate at 25% however we believe that it could be at 40%. This is due to migrating behaviour of fishermen to various beaches in search of better fish catches, leaving their sexual partners behind and engaging in illicit sex practices. This has resulted into many HIV/AIDS related deaths, leaving behind many orphans and vulnerable children. Poverty index here is high as over fishing has reduced fish catches on the lake, resulting to low income.
As a Ministry we are called to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God and also we cannot be left behind in supporting the needy in the society, just as the Bible says he who give to the poor lend to the lord and he will have treasury in heaven, remember the story of the young rich boy who came to Jesus the work here is very big and so complicated and with poverty here we cannot afford it alone ,that is why we are appealing to our friend and well-wishers both locally and abroad to join us and show the love of God in helping these children to meet their basic wants in food, clothing, schooling, health care and housing, one hand can do a little but many will do a lot, hence I pray that our God will minister to your heart and do something very urgent, right now many kids are going without food since we are running out of stock and they are sleeping hungry and church members who used to support them are also living below poverty line. At the moment the number is 50 but sometime the number grow to above 100 depending on various circumstances prevailing.
We have been hosting various volunteers Christians and NON CHRISTIANS also who volunteered to regain the hopes of many living along the lake shore. They come and work passionately in order to make sure the community is revamped to be one of best places in Kenya and world at large. This has not been achieved fully due to low income which has limited our vision. We do seek friends, well wishers who would ponder over our request and grant us a positive response.
Babysitting / child care
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Through interaction, a lot of skills will be exchanged. Travellers would be able to learn how fisherfolk do their fishing activities here as a means of income, visit historical sites here and learn more through the sites. They will also enjoy our cultural meals and dressing mode.
At weekends you will be free to relax and visit places of interest in the whole region of Western Kenya area, visiting the Islands with Lake Victoria, visiting National parks and or travel more widely in Kenya. The people in the area surrounding the school are friendly and happy to get to know visitors.
We are near Lake Lake Victoria, where you can watch the wildlife or go to the beach. You can also trek climbing the nearest hills and mountains.
We are appealing to our friend and well-wishers both locally and abroad to join us and show the love of God in helping these children to meet their basic wants in food, clothing, schooling, health care and housing, one hand can do a little but many will do a lot.
The school has qualified teachers, but sustaining them has been a problem altogether for they also need to meet their basic needs.
Each volunteer has a different background, interests, and set of skills. The organization is currently implementing projects are about economic empowerment of children, religion, youth and women, sustainable farming, health including HIV/AIDS prevention, and education in the Mbita area; so every volunteer is sure to have something to do that they like. We design volunteering programs so that they are all customized according to our needs and the volunteer’s preferences.
Even though we are religious based, we do encourage all volunteers from all walks of life to come (EVEN NON CHRISTIANS) Volunteers are welcome for any period of time, whether on the short or long term. Volunteering programs will be made accordingly so that you can reach your objectives and ensure that you can contribute to the best of your capacity. We host volunteers starting with 4 months. The initial period is for 4 months. Each volunteer has a one week orientation period which he/she must go through.
Given our current programs, we are particularly interested in volunteers who want to work
- Help with online fundraising
-Help with photo and video shooting for our online documentation in the social media
-Building relationships with children and staff
- Creating and running developmental and sports games for the children out of school hours
- Playing a role in keeping the Farm and School and church environmentally clean
- Helping children with homework and preparation for tests
- Providing a positive role model for children who have come from devastating backgrounds
- Running 'Bible studies' and teaching the children the love of Jesus
If you have any expertise or skills in a field of for example building, arts, management, agriculture, health or childcare you are more than welcome to realize your ideas and support the communities we work with. We believe that every volunteer comes with new ideas and can provide a great input for our organization. Do not hesitate to make suggestions.
Special Long term volunteers needed. The organisation is looking for a volunteers from any part of the world to volunteer in management for a period of two to three years. Experience in management is an added advantage while a couple is preferred. You will enjoy as you work and stay with us
Home stay. We love staying with our visitors in our homes. During their stay, we preserve for them their room and eat with them together. We prefer our meals, for they are cooked with our own people who are qualified.
The organisation will provide accommodation and three meals a day for the volunteer.
Accommodation is lovely and comfortable. Come ans stay in a place that is safe away from stress. The volunteers' stay with the host family and they do have their separate rooms. There is electricity and volunteers have access to a basic kitchen. Mosquito nets are provided. We are constantly improving the residence. Recent modifications include a new outdoor table and a barbecue. It is a very nice site in the Kenya nature, and accommodation is comfortable and spacious.
Meals are composed of local cuisine. We have had a number of vegetarian and vegan volunteers, and can easily adapt to their diet.
Being that we are living a godly life, most of our helpers time off shall be used to visit the elderly, the sick, visit historical places and sharing with our neighbours who will also share more about the culture with our helps. The church will assist in case of transport need.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week