Cranes of Dago Thim Self Help Group

Code: KVDA/STV/01A

Location: Nyahera, Kisumu County

Dates: 5th - 26th January

Fees: 300 £

Theme: Young Women Empowerment to improve the quality of youth work and volunteering

 Project overview

Historical Background The CRANES OF DAGO THIM SELF HELP GROUP (formerly known as KONYA AKONYI SELF HELP GROUP) was established in 1998 as a self-help group. The new name was registered in 2015, registration No. S/H/G NO. 947/015. 

 It was also established to make an impact on the growing problem of vulnerable children, widows and orphans rights to sustainable development. This group is dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights of the children and supporting the vulnerable, widows and orphans. Cranes of Dago Thim organizes routine trainings on farming for the widows and youths for sustainability projects. 

 Vision: A Self-Sustainable Community 

 Mission:  To promote human values through advocacy and community out-reach programs, provide care and support to the vulnerable members of the community, Education/ financial support to the less fortunate members of the society, training widows and youths on IGA and development issues to enhance their opportunities to realize their full potential and capabilities. 

 Core values

v  Team work

v  Honesty

v  Equality

v  Integrity

v  Respect 

 Governance and Leadership

 Executive office: Composed of five (5) members elected at the annual general meeting. They include: The Chairman, The Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Assistant Secretary the work is to coordinates the day to day activities, source for resources and to supervises implementation of programs. 

 Program Coverage The geographical coverage is Nyahera Sub-location, North Kisumu Location, Nyahera Division, Kisumu County. 


Income Generating Activities Cranes of Dago Thim has leased a farm from a member at affordable cost. It is a small farm within the member’s homestead where the group rears local poultry for meat and eggs, cattle for resale, meat and milk and a small portion for planting cash crop i.e. bananas, vegetables,

 The farm produce is sold to the locals and in the local markets and some are distributed to the supported individuals. The money realized is used in supporting the group programmes 

 The farm is managed by group executive office and members take turn in ensuring that the day to day activities are carried out. 

 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.


Manual work and Intercultural activities: 

•             Teaching and playing with children

•             Keeping Poultry for self-reliance

•             Cattle farming-rearing cattle for re-sale and milk production

•             Food crop farming with widows

•             Fetching water for the elderly widows

•             Anti-jiggers program; eradication in Schools and the village

•             Weaving beads with local people

•             Home visits in the local community.


v  Capacity building to members in various fields through trainings and workshops 

v  Members with spirit of voluntarism

v  Well managed and running income generating activities (IGAs) that contributes in supporting the orphans and vulnerable children.

v  Through networking both at local and international levels a number of local and International Volunteers have come, worked and shared experiences with our group. Notably Volunteers from Canada and other local organizations. We still need to network with other organizations/ groups/ institute through exchange of experiences, material support, financial etc. for the benefit of our target group. 

v  The group has managed to sponsor 1 children in Formal Education and partly supporting 4 others with school uniform and basic needs.  

v Cranes group has supplied 240 dozens of sanitary towels to girls in 2 public schools within the locality in the past 1 Year. 


1. The group needs to get a long-term funder to support and fulfill its long-term planned activities and programs. 

2. Inadequate funding has hampered its development plan. There is need to strengthen and diversify the funding to facilitate the planned activities

 3. Empowering the trained youths and widows with equipment and material or loans is still a problem.

 4. There is need to strengthen this area to have a successful story of the rehabilitated children and youth. 

5. High expectation from the community 

 Networks/ Collaborators

  • Ministry of Gender and social services 

• Ministry of Children and Youth affairs 

• NAAC – National Aids Control Council 

• Ministry of Agriculture 

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


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: Young Women Empowerment to improve the quality of youth work and volunteering

Non formal education sector and employability of youth with fewer opportunities and young women.


• To develop the active participation of young people and young women with fewer opportunities to the non-formal education sector and to the local communities;

• To share best practices on employment paths within NGOs and youth sector;

• To exchange the different working methods about non formal education and active citizenship;

• To realize training courses for youth workers, active participants, youth organizations and multiplier actors in order to empower their capability to develop deep-rooted projects at local level.

• To develop new working methods that would support employability;

• To empower the youth and NGOs capability in developing partnerships and networks;

• To promote activities encouraging the policy dialogue in the field of youth;

• To contribute the development of the quality of support systems for youth activities and the capabilities of voluntary service organizations in the youth field.

Orientation: Will be done on 5th January 2019 at KVDA Residence in Nairobi and the team will leave for the project on the morning of 6th January 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.


Project preparation cycle, return transfers from the airport and the project, KVDA administration, orientation, certificate of participation, project coordination, facilitation, evaluation and monitoring


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.


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


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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