Nyabosongo Bena Academy

Project overview

This school was started in 2005 with 23 students as a pre-school and currently it has a total of 325 pupils from the pre-school to standard eight. The School has 8 classrooms on two different plots with a borehole. The School has 11 classrooms, one staff room and one administration office with the kitchen is under construction. The school is run by a Parents Teachers Association and the teachers are registered by the Teachers Service Commission. The initiation of Nyabosongo Bena Academy came in handy with the many challenges that affect the community.

The initiation of Nyabosongo Bena Academy came in handy with the many challenges that affect the community. Their struggles are emboldened by the need to ensure access to education by the majority people from the community, arrest the grave issue of alcohol, drug and substance abuse, the obtaining realities on climate change, repugnant cultural practices like FGM and early pregnancy for teenage girls.

The majority of the community members are small scale farmers sustaining livelihood on subsistence agriculture

AGE: Volunteers have to be at least 18 years old to participate in the work camp. There is no upper age limit.

PROJECT Activities: Volunteers will work for six hours daily from Monday to Friday.

 TYPE OF WORK CAMP: RENO/EDU

 Manual work and Intercultural activities: 

•             Brick making and construction work at the School

•             Teaching pupils at the School

•             Sporting together with the pupils

•             Exposure to the challenges of Female Genital mutilation (FGM)

•             Inter-cultural learning coupled with home visits for exposure to development challenges.

•             Possibility to visit the historic sites like Hippo point on Lake Victoria in Kisumu City, renowned Kakamega Rain Forest and the Equator point at Maseno University; among other spectacular sites of interest in the region. However, this will be done most probably during the weekends.

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: Advocacy against female genital mutilation

•             Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a strong tradition in this community. It is illegal. But still the majority of the women are circumcised and each and every young woman is subjected to the cut.

•             The church has preached against FGM for decades but in spite of the deep devoutness the priests do not have enough power over the souls.

•             FGM has nothing to do with religion; it is a so-called culture and tradition in certain groups. The practice is deeply rooted in views on chastity, transition to womanhood, “purity” for marriage and basically a wish to control women sexually.

•             In certain areas, the survival and fertility of the local community is assumed to be threatened if the girls are not circumcised. Many brave young girls who refuse FGM are regarded as “unmarriageable” and become outcasts.

•             It is a brutal act, painful and has led to the spread of HIV/AIDS. Volunteers will work closely with community based organizations in the area that are actively involved on the thematic focus of this project.

Orientation: Will be done on 6th July 2019 at KVDA Residence in Nairobi and the team will leave for the project on the morning of 7th July 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

Participation FEES: 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 transfers 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.

EDUCATIONAL TOURS

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 FOOD

The host community will provide a house to accommodate the volunteers with very basic living conditions. Volunteers have an obligation to climb down the level of the people with the aim of exposure to development challenges. KVDA will provide foodstuffs and volunteers will cook their own meals in turns. 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 their 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

EMERGENCY CONTACTS:

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.

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