Project Name: Nyamanche Primary School
Dates: 1st -22nd August 2023
Orientation: 1st August 2023
Travel to the Project: 2nd August 2023
Project closure: 21st August 2023
Travel from the project: 22nd August 2023
Location: Kuria, Migori County, South West Kenya
Theme: Gender Sensitivity: Focus on Female Genital Mutilation
Nyamanche Primary School started the year 1981 as a Government School. The School supports children from the neighbouring villages. It consists of 600 (six hundred) pupils, 350 girls and 250 boys. The school has 12 teachers, 1 female and 11 male. It has 10 classrooms, 2 offices and 1 kitchen. The school has good academic record in the County.
“Strive for Excellence”
- To mould future leaders
- Maintain high discipline
- To reduce illiteracy level in the Community
- Create platform for volunteerism.
- Cultural practice such as female genital mutilation
- Poor sanitation
- Lack of funds to facilitate the proposed development projects ∙ Dependency on external assistance
- Poor utilization of available resources
AGE: Volunteers have to be at least 18 years old to participate in the work camp. There is no upper age limit
The school was started with the aim of having members of the community have access to education and more so the girl child. In this community, differences between man and woman dictate a difference in their social roles and this reinforces a notion that men are more superior to women. Capacity building will provide both men and women with political insight and moral support in confronting gender issues. A woman’s social status has led to marginalization. This was the very reason of starting the school so as to empower the girl child.
The project involves different types of activities. These include:
TYPE OF WORK CAMP: CHIL/EDUC/MANU
Volunteers will work for six hours daily from Monday to Friday.
Manual work and Intercultural activities:
- School construction
- Teaching primary school pupils
- Tree planting
- Stones collection and pathways clearing
- Sensitization of the community on the side effects of FGM ∙ 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
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: GENDER SENSITIVITY: FOCUS ON FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM)
- Female genital mutilation is a strong tradition in this community. It is illegal. But still more than one third 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 be required to liaise with other Non-Governmental organizations like Red Cross in creation of awareness to the community.
Orientation: Will be done on 1st August 2023 at Nairobi South YMCA Hostel in Nairobi and the team will leave for the project on the morning of 2nd August 2023.
Airport pick-up services:
- The port of entry to Kenya is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
- Airport pick up will be done on provision of full flight details.
- Volunteers will stay at Nairobi South YMCA Hostel at a subsidized fees ahead of their project placement.
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.
WHAT DOES THE PARTICIPATION FEES COVER?
Project preparation cycle, return transfers from the airport, KVDA administration, orientation, certificate of participation, project coordination, facilitation, evaluation and monitoring
WHAT IS NOT COVERED?
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.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
- Volunteers will stay in classrooms at the School 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.
- The Government policy to install ICT in primary schools has seen connectivity to the national power grid for most educational institutions in Kenya and this makes it easy for volunteers to use electric appliances while at the project.
- 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.