Community Health Care Volunteers

Code: KVDA/MLTV/2019/06

Location: MBITA TOWN, Homa-Bay County, Nyanza Region, Western Kenya

Sector: Health Care

OVERVIEW ON HOSTING ORGANIZATION

•             Kenya Voluntary Development Association (KVDA) is an indigenous, non-political and membership organization which is non-sectarian and non-profit making started in 1962 as a work camp organization registered under the Societies’ Act. In 1993, KVDA was registered as a Non-Governmental organization by the establishment of the NGOs Coordination Act.

•             KVDA has since inception hosted over 50, 000 international volunteers to its community service development projects that have left indelible mark to efforts to enhance sustainable development.

Project background

Community Healthcare Volunteers (CHCV) is a youth lead Community Based Organization situated in Mbita sub county, Homabay County. While on a narrow sense, health has been understood as absence of illness; CHCV defines community health as a state of complete well-being in the social, political and economic affairs of national building.  The organization was established in October 2012, and is registered as Community Based Organization under the Ministry of Gender and Youth Affairs.

Since its inception CHCV continues to be a leading youth platform through which marginalized youths at the grass root level play an increasingly significant role in community empowerment. As we strive towards accomplishing our goals, we remain committed to the principles that guide our organization. Our work continues to be grounded in volunteerism, strengthened by partnerships and focused on building the capacity of individuals at community level.

Vision: We envisage a healthy and empowered community in which all individuals have the opportunity to reach their highest potential

Mission: To improve community wellbeing and better lives through lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions for community development

Project activities

1. HEALTH CARE AND HIV AIDS 

Community Health Care Volunteers (CHCV) believes that public health is crucial for community development. Working with a range of partners, from village health committees to government, CHCV works with grass root population’s to improve reproductive health, rebuild health systems and combat infectious diseases.

At 30% (versus national average of 6.7%); Suba (Mbita distrist) has one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates not only in Kenya but also in Africa. This has left an extremely high number of orphans and vulnerable children. CHCV’s initiatives towards improving this situation include; HIV/AIDS education and awareness campaigns especially among the fisher fork as the highly vulnerable group, counselling, and supporting Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC’s).

2. ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE CONTROL

Drug abuse among youths (especially abuse of abuse of alcohol, tobacco, khat and cannabis, all of which are easily available or locally produced) is widespread and spells danger not only for the youth who abuse the drugs, but also for the wellbeing of the community. There is a strong relationship between crime, HIV/AIDS and drug abuse.

CHCV’S main focus is on demand reduction, which involves providing preventive education, public awareness, life skills, treatment, rehabilitation and psycho-social support to the general public at grass root level.

3. WASH & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

CHCV implements various environmental health programs, focusing on reducing death and diseases caused by poor sanitation, inadequate water supply, unsafe hygiene practices and vector-borne diseases such as malaria. Through the Water, Sanitary and Health (WASH) programme CHCV emphasizes on the importance of practicing proper hygiene and having safe water sources.

We also believe Environmental Conservation is very important to reduce/eliminate dangers like global warming. CHCV involves the community in improving environmental health through; environmental education, encouraging establishment of tree nurseries and actual tree planting within the community, and organizing community town clean ups from time to time

4. YOUTH ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

The national unemployment statistics reveal that the Kenyan unemployment rate is approximately 40%; out of which an estimated 64% of unemployed Kenyans are youth. 

In the remote and marginalized Mbita district, the situation is more wanting. Many of the youths are poor (surviving on less than a dollar a day) and are cut off from the mainstream formal employment opportunities, and lack economic power to access quality healthcare services.

We believe providing opportunities for young people to be job creators rather than job seekers are the viable solution to the devastating and increasing cases of youth unemployment. CHCV works towards social economic empowerment of youths through entrepreneurship and equipping them with ICT skills; as an income generating tool. In addition, we educate youths on business start-up skills, developing business plans and eventually link them up to able financial institutions for start-up and business expansion loans. Youths are the pillar of society and therefore empowering them economically will as well socioeconomically empower the entire community at large.

5. GOVERNANCE AND PROTECTION OF RIGHTS

CHCV is engaged in civic education, human rights and good governance initiatives. We believe good governance and respect for human rights are vital in promotion of community health, as well as for social and economic development of the community. CHCV advocates for justice, respect for human for human rights and a participatory approach in leadership and governance. Through community dialogue forums we encourage for cooperation between grass root population, county government and national governments. CHCV is one of the

Community’s leading youth voices in facilitating participatory processes that enable young people to assert their role and visibility in governance, protection of human rights and development in Homa-bay County.

Volunteer tasks

•             Teaching

•             Tree planting

•             Counseling

•             Medical aid at the local hospitals

•             To assist in coordination/review forums with community members

•             Participate in program review meetings

•             Capacity building for the project staff and members

•             Submit Project Report to KVDA

PROJECT START DATES

•             Volunteers are accepted to join this project at any time of the year and should arrive in Kenya on 20th day of the month. The duration of placement is flexible depending on the availability of the volunteer

•             2-day orientation seminar will be done on the 21st and 22nd of every month

Financial contribution

•             The project participation fees is Euro 200 per month paid upfront on arrival to the cover costs stipulated for the entire duration of the project. Monthly payment of participation fees is not allowed for conventional purposes. Volunteers accepted on MLTV project for one month will pay Euros 300 for the one month placement.

What is included in the participation fee?

•             Return transfers from the airport

•             Full board at the project (Accommodation and meals provided at the project)

•             Orientation, evaluation and monitoring

•             Volunteer mentorship

What is not included in the participation fee?

•             Travel to and from the project. The volunteer will be required to pay for the bus tickets

•             Refreshments outside the project

•             Air ticket

•             Excursion

•             Visa and Insurance

•             Local travel

•             Personal effects

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

•             Home stay and the volunteer is entitled to private room but will share other amenities and meals with the host family. It is convenient for the volunteer to carry sleeping bag, mat and personal effects. KVDA has a memorandum of understanding with the host project regarding the project costs with appropriate procedures, checks and balances.

Terminal

•             Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi is the port of arrival and KVDA will designate a driver for the airport pick up. We strongly advice volunteers against getting taxis on their own without reference to KVDA due to the obvious risks and in case of any challenges on arrival kindly contact KVDA via mobile telephone 0721650357

KVDA RESIDENCE

•             Volunteers will be driven to the KVDA Residence situated in Karen suburb in Nairobi approximately 25 Kilometers away from the airport and that is where the volunteers will be accommodated ahead of their placement to the project. The residence is situated in the serene environment with amble space for recreation and spectacular setting as the inauguration of volunteering to make a difference in the world.

Leisure time

•             Kenya is replete with a lot of interesting and natural spectacular sites of interest that would capture the imagination of volunteers. From the tour to the renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve to visits to local community beholding sights, the volunteers have the previledge to make choices that would fundamentally make the difference. The project also offers a perfect opportunity for people who enjoy being close to nature and are interested in the spectacular setting that traditional way of living in the heartland of the African culture would enrich your cultural heritage

Laundry and water:

•             Water is available at the hosting house from springs and it is important to preserve water at all times due to its scarcity and cooperation with the hosts will be highly appreciated

•             There are no washing machines in the institution and the volunteer will be guided on how to wash clothes

Medical:

•             Volunteers are expected to have their own medical insurance and other personal expenses and it is important to carry your own medical and travel insurances.

MENTORING

•             Mentor for the volunteer from the hosting organisation: KVDA will designate its staff to play the role of mentoring and this is the vital link between the volunteer and the organization. The Mentor has the responsibility to enable the volunteer to efficiently execute their tasks with diligence.

•             Function of mentor: advise, educate, be a role model to the volunteers; providing problem solving, collaborative support, positive and non-evaluative feedback and emotional support for volunteers; to provide comfort, exposure, visibility and challenging assignments which directly support the volunteer’s personal and professional development; to provide counselling and friendship to support the volunteer’s self-image and competence and thus to listen, guide, advice, teach and offer professional support to the volunteers

•             The mentor will be available for the volunteer as a constant supporting person. However, he/she should not be directly involved in the daily work of the volunteer.

•             Mentor’s Experience with international volunteers: More than 3 years’ experience with international volunteers

Project participants: Maximum 10 volunteers from different nationalities recruited through KVDA partner organizations

What to carry: This is outlined in the detailed info sheet and includes, sleeping bag and mat, toiletries, torch, flashlight, sandals, mosquito net, national flag from your country, among others

DONATION AND GIFTS: These are usually symbolic gestures to enhance the solidarity of volunteers and the hosting community. Kindly contact KVDA for details in case you are willing to support a worthy cause in the community either by offering a donation or long-term intervention on the project.

APPLICATIONS: Should be done at least one month in advance through KVDA partner organization in respective countries. KVDA does not accept direct applications by volunteers

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