Nyamira Missionaries Cultural Development (NMCD)

Project overview

VISION: To be the best cultural performers and handicraft makers in Kenya

MISSION: To create an environment where personal and cultural change that support each other in the context of community.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

1. To establish a presence of a successful suppler of soapstone carvings, clay and wooden artifacts locally and internationally.

2. To gain a substantial market share of the artifacts and cultural performance and tourist centre at local and international level.

3. To run orphanage home to cater for orphans and children from poor families for their shelter, food and education.

4. To engage into community development for empowering women and youth for them to be self-reliant in generating income and being in touch with socio-political realities in the country and at international level.

5. To engage into voluntary services at local and international level with interested organizations who have common objectives with our organizations to improves living standards of human beings across the world.

BACKGROUND

Nyamira missionaries was founded and registered with social development in 2002 in Kenya.

The organization is located at Nyaramba -Nyamira County in South Nyanza Region of Kenya.

The organization consists of 137 members consisting men, women, youth who vary the age of 18 years to even 80 years.

The organization has the office at Nyaramba market in Nyamira county about 10 km from Nyamira town on way to Ikonge town ship center.

The organization is managed is managed by executive committee that consists of chairperson, Vice Chairperson, the Secretary, Vice Secretary, Treasurer and 5 members.

 The organization runs the following projects;

1.            THE ORPHANAGE HOME.

 The orphanage home was started February 2008 at organization primary school, which is being managed by the organization premises following 2007/2008 post-election violence that displaced many families while other many parents were killed in that post election violence. Many children lacked shelter, food, protection and education. That is why the Nyamira Missionaries Cultural Development saw the need and humanitarian needs to set up the orphanage home to cater for these needy children who did not have parents and homes.

Apart from that, the orphanage home has continued to allow and accommodate other needy orphans from Nyamira County, but big challenge has been resources to meet the orphans’ upkeep, but the organization is trying all it can to up keep the orphans.

The orphanage home has 65 children, both girls and boys, they live at orphanage home also attend classes at organization primary school and provides all necessities for the school to run including employing qualified teachers who teach the children. Others who sit for national primary examination, they are sponsored to secondary school to further their high school education and eventually join universities/colleges to develop their choice of professions and be self-reliant and join in nation building.

That is why the organization will be happy to get partners and volunteers in any capacity to assist running and managing this orphanage home

 2. NYARAMBA MISSIONARIES CENTER

The project attracts local and international travellers who come to relax and watch the following activities;

a.            The traditional Gusii cultural dances. These live performances that one session takes 1 hour. The dance troupe dances all Gusii cultural styles in African attires .It offers entertainment, education and information. The dance is quite vigorous and moving

b.            The artefacts are also displayed for general viewing and sale for both local and international tourists. These items are made by group members and it is one way of raising the income to up keep the organization and create self-employment for the members who always assemble at organization center to engage in this activity. They are professional and they have had exchange program with Burundi and Malawi in the past. The organization is looking for partners and volunteers from local and international level to run the program.

 c.            The rooms that are self-contained, clean, have warm water, and have even all facilities even for cooking for those local and international tourists who may wish to prepare for their own choice of food. The rooms are allocated at organization offices in good conducive environment with security and friendly neighbouhood. The organization welcomes local and international volunteers to utilise the facilities.

d.            The organization engages in African beautiful baskets weaving that takes place at its organization premises .They sell locally and internationally. Therefore the organization is looking for partners and volunteers to create the market in Kenya and across the country.

 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: CULTURAL

 Manual work and Intercultural activities: 

•             Take care of orphans

•             Weaving

•             Art work

•             Women training on self-awareness and confidence building

•             Women training on entrepreneurship skills and financial management

•             Meetings and media campaign on women empowerment in leadership

•             Home visits and topical discussion 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: Entrepreneurship skills training

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

-To train women on entrepreneurship skills and financial management

-To empower men, women and community leaders on leadership

-To build capacity of women on life skills and self-confidence

ACTIVITIES

-Women training on self-awareness and confidence building

-Women training on entrepreneurship skills and financial management

-Meetings and media campaign on women empowerment in leadership

TARGET GROUPS

Activity 1: Young women aged 18 - 35

Activity 2: Young women aged 18 - 35

Activity 3: Young women aged 18 – 35 - men aged 18-35 - community leaders 35+

METHODS: Energizers, group discussions, group presentations, audio, videos, site visits, testimonies

INDICATORS

Objective 1:

a) Number of women have increased knowledge on entrepreneurship skills and financial management;

b) Number of women have started their own business

Orientation: Will be done on 1st December 2019 at KVDA Residence in Nairobi and the team will leave for the project on the morning of 2nd December 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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