A Thousand Villages Initiative [ATVI] is a legally constituted a grass roots not-for-profit, community based organization which was founded early 2013 voluntarily by a group of youth led by the founder/chair Edwin Okinyi and secretary Susan Kitaga in Nyando Sub County, Kisumu County, in Nyanza province located west of Kenya. ATVI later gained legitimacy on December 2014, from The Ministry of Labour, Social, Security and Services, Kenya Local Government. Registration No NDO/CBO/023.
The founding members felt the need to come together and address issues affecting the grassroots population by generating platforms that will attempt to provide solutions to the current pressing challenges affecting the underserved population in Nyando sub-county.
Many of the challenges experienced in our communities have been as a result of poor access and lack of educational essentials, poor access to health services poor access to information and knowledge, lack of opportunities to provide livelihood for the growing population, cultural practices, myths, HIV/AIDs, illiteracy, ignorance, natural calamities among others.
Key focus areas
ATVI is an important foundation that attempts to tackles issues related to the poorest sections of the society and operates independently through local and international partnerships in attempting to strengthen government systems towards the welfare of people living in Nyando Sub-county.
ATVI undertakes and focuses on a wide array of sectors and programs, namely: - Health and wellness, Education and information Communication Technology Agriculture, talent Nurturing and sports.
Our target groups include:-
· Orphaned and vulnerable children
· Youth men and women
· People living with HIV and AIDS & Physically challenged population
Our mission: To improve lives in sustainable, measurable and lasting ways by connecting ideas, resources, expertise and people who have a stake in the issues affecting their communities, through customized responses that address multiple aspects of people's lives, and exponentially increase the impact of the people
Our vision: A Thousand Villages Initiative envisions a world in which all individuals and communities have the opportunity to reach their highest potential.
1. Contribute in improving access to good healthcare and maintaining good health especially for the underserved communities within Nyando sub-county stretching other distressed areas of Kisumu County.
Activities include –
Creating HIV awareness and prevention measures in the community, sensitization on ARVs uptake for the infected and ARV defaulters. Sensitizing the community on Malaria and Cholera prevention measures through community forums to reduce infections and outbreaks e.g. sleeping under treated nets, taking anti-malaria tablets, spraying potential breeding areas for mosquitoes, Aid in creating access to clean water for the community, sensitize the community to drink safe boiled water or treated water. Sensitize the community on bad cultural practices that promotes HIV and other infections e.g. marrying widows living with HIV and AIDS and aid in the adoption of good culture that promotes good health. Create platforms to aid in reducing infant mortality rates e.g sensitizing expectant mothers on the importance of visiting anti- natal clinics for regular check-ups
2. Contribute in improving access to education and access to knowledge for the OVC’s and other vulnerable age groups living in Nyando Sub-county stretching other areas of Kisumu County.
Activities include – Conducting periodical motivational and career building talks at the local primary schools in Nyando sub-county to aid in building positive behavior towards school, self-esteem and increasing transition rates to Secondary education to both boys and girls. Sensitizing pupils on the high benefits of coming to school every day to be educated and also making follow ups by sensitizing the parents [especially illiterate and semi- illiterate] on the importance of sending their children to school to get education. Volunteer in teaching school subjects to help in improving subject grades of the weak pupils and general performance for all. Sensitizing female pupils on their reproductive health and underlying causes of early pregnancies, the negative effect on their education processes and how to avoid it. Aid in supporting vulnerable girls with sanitary pads to enhance their normal education continuity and reduce potential drop outs. Aid in enhancing schools extracurricular activities by engaging pupils through physical activities e.g. ‘peace games’ as an interaction platform that helps in promoting team building spirit, reducing tension, creating harmony and acceptance among pupil to pupil and teacher to pupil relationship that in the end builds great virtues required for them to succeed in current social set ups and situations.
3. Contribute in improving food security in Nyando sub-county and improve livelihoods of the poor through creation of sustainable agribusinesses that will address their economic nutritional needs.
Activities include – Conducting inter-groups forums and trainings to build capacity for groups through knowledge and skills sharing in agricultural activities to enhance positive uptake on agriculture and best practices for success.
Connecting the local communities with potential investors/ partners and or volunteers who are willing to engage and support the vulnerable groups or population through training to build capacities and self-sufficiency of the beneficiaries. Self-sufficiency of the beneficiaries.
Aid in replicating ideas through benchmark programs.
4. Contribute in advocating and improving access to sports activities and facilities for the youths as a tool for bringing people together to promote social cohesion among diverse communities to achieve development goals.
AGE: Volunteers have to be at least 18 years old to participate in the work camp. There is no upper age limit
TYPE OF WORKCAMP: education, Social and manual
Volunteers will work for six hours daily from Monday to Friday.
Manual work and Intercultural activities:
• Creating HIV awareness and prevention measures in the community, sensitization on ARVs uptake for the infected and ARV defaulters
• Sensitizing the community on Malaria and Cholera prevention measures through community forums to reduce infections and outbreaks e.g. sleeping under treated nets, taking anti-malaria tablets, spraying potential breeding areas for mosquitoes, Aid in creating access to clean water for the community, sensitize the community to drink safe boiled water or treated water
• Sensitize the community on bad cultural practices that promotes HIV and other infections e.g. marrying widows living with HIV and AIDS and aid in the adoption of good culture that promotes good health
• Create platforms to aid in reducing infant mortality rates e.g. sensitizing expectant mothers on the importance of visiting anti- natal clinics for regular check-ups
• Home visits
• Cultural days for various nationalities
• Topical discussion on the project theme together with the local people
PROJECT PARTICIPANTS: Maximum 20 volunteers from Kenya and the international community
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.
THEME: School drop-out among girls in Primary and Secondary Schools
School dropout among girls in primary and secondary schools has been major problem in many African societies to achieving the universal primary education (UPE)
School drop out among girls in primary and secondary schools has been major problem in many African societies towards achieving the universal primary education (UPE).
This major problem is associated with various causes being bad cultural practices such as FGM, and initiation ceremonies, which leads to early forced marriages, thus consequences to early pregnancies.
Also socialization process among girls themselves as well as great influence of media and technology.
These factors compounded affects the girl participation in education and hence leads to drop out and eventually affects their psychological, physical, social and economic well-being.
AIM: To reduce girls school drop out in primary and secondary schools
-To create awareness amongst community leaders, parents/guardians and girls on the effects of early marriages
-To raise awareness amongst girls, parents/guardians, teachers and community leaders about sexual reproductive health (SRH)
-To advocate for integration of sexual reproductive health education programs
-Community awareness creation meeting with girls, parents and local leaders on the effects of early marriages
-Media campaign on the effects of early marriages and reproductive health education via radio, televisions and social media, e.g. Facebook, Twitter and Google+
-Public concerts and theatre events organization to sensitize girls, parents/guardians and community leaders
-Policy makers and education stakeholders lobby through workshops to integrate sexual reproductive health education programs
Activity 1: Community leaders, religious leaders, girls, parents/guardians
Activity 2: Girls, boys, parents, teachers, community at large
Activity 3: Girls, boys, parents, teachers, community members
Activity 4: Policy makers and education stakeholders
METHODS: Meetings, workshops, media campaigns, public concerts, theatre
Main Objective: Number of girls school drop out in primary and secondary schools Specific Objectives: 1 a) number of community leaders sensitized on the effects of early marriage;
1 b) number of cases reduced in the community; 2 a) cases of early marriages in the community; 2 b) number of health clubs in primary and secondary schools;
3) number of schools which integrate sexual reproductive health (SRH) education programs
Orientation: Will be done on 8th June 2019 at KVDA Residence in Nairobi and the team will leave for the project on the morning of 9th June 2019
Airport pick-up services: This will be done subject to provision of full flight details. The port of entry to Kenya is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Volunteers will stay at KVDA Residence in Nairobi at a fee
The project participation fees that is all-inclusive for the three weeks work camp is Euro 300
INSURANCE: KVDA does not provide insurance and volunteers should obtain travel insurance cover. It is a good idea to get medicine you are used to from your home country and seek advice from your personal doctor.
WHAT DOES THE PARTICIPATION FEES COVER?
Project preparation cycle, return transfer from the airport and the project, KVDA administration, orientation, certificate of participation, project coordination, facilitation, evaluation and monitoring
WHAT IS NOT COVERED?
Excursion activities, local travel while in the community, personal effects, needs and wants.
KVDA offers educational tours to spectacular sites including the renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve at separate fees. Please contact us for specific tour information.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
The volunteers stay in School classrooms in very basic conditions where there are no beds and electricity. KVDA will provide foodstuffs and volunteers will cook their own meals in turns. Volunteers have an obligation to climb down the level of the people with the aim of exposure to development challenges. Water is available from springs and it is recommended that drinking water should be boiled or medicated. Mineral water available at supermarkets is also recommended. There is no electricity connection at the project but volunteers can charge the electric appliances at the nearest market center.
LANGUAGE: English is the language of the work camp. There will be a possibility of learning Kiswahili and other international and local languages as cultural diversity is a major component in international service
Below are the emergency contacts for Kenya Voluntary Development Association:
KVDA Administration: 0721 650 357
PROJECT DETAILED INFO SHEET: Will be sent to the volunteer sending organization as soon as the application is accepted by KVDA
CONFIRMATION DEADLINE: Should be done via e-mail at least one month before the start of the project.