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St. James Community Orphans School

Volunteer in orphanage in kenya

Project Name: St. James Community Orphans School

MARCH 2023 

Code: KVDA/STV/03A 

Dates: 13th -27th March 2023 

Orientation: 13th March 2023 

Travel to the Project: 14th March 2023 

Project closure: 26th March 2023 

Travel from the project: 27th March 2023 

Location: Mfangano Island, Lake Victoria Region Theme: Teenage Pregnancy in the society 

Project overview 

St. James Community Orphans School is a community owned school whose  idea was conceived to the challenges that the community has been with  over the years. For a long time, parents have passed on leaving their  children to be orphans who are either total or partial. Due to constant and  continuous death and other related issues, the number of these orphans  grew to an escalating rate which eventually led to call for intervention. It is  this regard the school has taken good care of most of these orphans since  school opened its doors on the 9th January 2012 hitherto 

St. James Community School is located in Mfangano Island, Homabay  County in Kenya. It’s one of the many islands in Lake Victoria with several  beaches. Being an island with many fishing beaches, it’s prone to a unique  lifestyle that contributes to high prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS which leads  to many orphans 

St. James School is addressing three major problems 

  • Free education for these orphanage
  • Poor nutrition
  • Alarming low levels of domestic income among caregivers households 

In 2014, the school started with a population of 45 orphans represented in  three kindergarten classes, with 3 teachers. To date the school is enjoying a  population of 112 both total and partial orphans aged between 3 years to 12  years. The school has seven classes with 8 teachers. 

LOCATION: The school is located within Mfangano Island, Waware sub location, Mfangano north location, Mfangano division, Mbita Sub-county of  Homa-Bay County. 




CLASSES: Baby class, Nursery class, Pre-unit class, Standard one to four SPONSORS: Community sponsored 

VISION:” To be an exemplary Centre of excellence in quality holistic,  academic education provision within the community” 

MISSION:” To provide accessible and acceptable education to the less  fortunate professionally, and in a formal manner that can be realized from  within and without the community” 

MOTTO:” Arise and shine for a better life”. 

OBJECTIVE: To be the school within the island in helping provide for the  welfare and well-being of the numerous orphans and destitute left behind  as a result of HIV/AIDS pandemic. 

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMMES: Since the school’s inception in 2012, the  school has various volunteer activities. Among them being:

  • In 2012 (May-August), we received two volunteer teachers who  helped the school in teaching `of physical ad vocation (P.E). The  volunteers were from Italy.
  •  (Jan-Feb) 2013, the school, got one volunteer (male) from Japan  who helped in the school garden. 
  • (May-June), we had 2 volunteers (a couple) from USA, Michigan  who helped the teaching of health and sanitation lessons. 

Security for our volunteers has always been our number one priority.  Moreover, the school is situated barely 600m from the police post .We also have a Government of Kenya dispensary within the same area to  carter for health emergency that might arise.The school is committed to offering hope to children and especially who are  vulnerable to societal risks and this call for community of efforts. 

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:  

  • Farming
  • Home visits to orphans and caregivers
  • Sports with school pupils
  • Workshops about children rights to the local community ∙ Advocacy against teenage pregnancy
  • Social work majorly guiding and counseling for the HIV/AIDS  program at the health center
  • Field visits and face to face meetings with the local people ∙ Participate in home visits to enhance inter-cultural education and  solidarity

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: Teenage Pregnancy in the society 

Lack of information about reproductive health and high rates of child abuse  have caused the upsurge of teenage pregnancy 

Lack of information about reproductive health and high rates of child abuse  has caused an high rate of early pregnancy 

AIM: To reduce the cases of early pregnancy 


  • To improve and strengthen the health workers methodology on  disseminating information among the young people on grassroots level  -To create a platform of social workers and peer educators to campaign  against sexual harassment within the community 
  • To advocate on children rights within the community


  • Workshops about children rights to the local community
  • Advocacy against teenage pregnancy


  • Workshop: health workers, parents and peer educators 
  • Health Camp: parents, teachers, health workers and peer educators
  • Methods group discussion, “café” method, planning discussion, expert  analysis


  • Number of schools calling for peer educators after the health camp, for  reproductive health education
  • Number of community leader requesting for more advocacy through  health camps
  • Number of health workers getting more involved in organizing workshops  for emphasizing and enhancing the effects of early pregnancy

Orientation: Will be done on 13th March 2023 at Nairobi South YMCA  Hostel in Nairobi and the team will leave for the project on the morning of  14th March 2023. 

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 Nairobi South YMCA Hostel at a subsidized  fees ahead of their project placement.

Participation FEES: The project participation fees that is all-inclusive  for the 3-week work camp is Euro 300 

What is not included in the project participation fees: Transport to  and from the project will be paid by the volunteers themselves.  

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, KVDA  administration, orientation, certificate of participation, project coordination,  facilitation, evaluation and monitoring 


Excursion activities, transport to and from the project, local travel, 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.  ∙ Furthermore, we invite you to bring typical food, spices, drinks, games  and music from your country (for an intercultural evening) – and a lot  of motivation!

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 is the emergency contact for Kenya Voluntary Development  Association: 

KVDA Administration: +254721 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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