Volunteer Opportunity posted by: AHADI Volunteer
Posted on: November 21, 2013
Category:What we do
NB: Vunteering with ahadi will give you an experience that you wont forget in your life. You will have a chance to visit the world famous masai mara which is only 2hrs travel from the project area and enjoy the nature in a staying near an indegenous forest breathing fresh air for the first time and not mentioning the african cuisine here!
We offer volunteer opportunities for students, professionals, seniors and anyone with the desire to serve in rural villages in Kenya. Those interested in participating in our volunteer Program will complete an application form, and upon acceptance, are given the opportunity to work with our member community groups.
AHADI will work closely with each volunteer to ensure a comprehensive preparation that includes both an understanding of the people with whom they will be working with, and all considerations necessary for travel to Kenya.
AHADI is committed to reduce poverty, ignorance and disease among the rural communities in Kenya through economic empowerment education, and health care. We place volunteers in programs that provide safe and meaningful experiences to them.
1. Teaching and training program. Many poor children and orphans are likely to drop from school in Kenya especially in Rift Valley province due to several reasons which include; geographical remoteness, cultural practices like early marriages and female genital mutilation (FGM), poverty, HIV/AIDS, inadequate facilities, high cost of education post primary, high school dropout rate, poor management and supervisory and understaffing due to free primary education and lack of skilled teachers. The most affected are girl child and orphans.
We have opportunities for volunteer teachers to assist with teaching at primary, secondary and technical schools. The subjects to be taught include English, Swahili, mathematics, science, social studies, art and craft, games. We also have opportunities at early childhood development through nursery schools for those interested offering services for young children. Basic teaching skills for this volunteer opportunity are an added advantage but not a requirement. College students, recent University graduates, professional teachers and lecturers on vacation, retired teachers can apply. All the teaching positions are in Rift valley province which has spectacular tourist attraction sites. The volunteer may have opportunity to teach indigenous populations like the Ogiek, Maasai, Sengwer, Elmolo, Turkana and other diverse cultures.
2. HIV/AIDS prevention and Care
In Kenya HIV/AIDS is currently the biggest challenge in health and social sector and the prevalence rates are reaching disastrous proportion. The HIV prevalence increased from 5% in 1993 to about 14% in 1998 with significant gains being witnessed by 2004 where the prevalence reduced to 6.7%. Unfortunately the prevalence in 2007 has raised to 7.8%, attributed to improvement in availability of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and lack of prevention strategies to those who have benefited from treatment. This is a grey area which needs a lot of attention to prevent new infections. An estimated 2 million Kenyans are currently living with the virus while 500-600 people are dying of it every day. HIV/AIDS patients occupy 50% of beds in major health institutions.
Volunteers will have an opportunity to work directly with the rural community and HIV/AIDS patients to raise awareness of counseling and testing services, availability of ART and opportunistic infection while prioritizing prevention education especially among those who have benefited from ART and sex workers. The volunteer will also assist the AIDS patients through home based care and nutritional counseling. S/he will also assist educating/training in model farms to increase food sustainability. Medical training is not a requirement but the volunteer should be caring, open to share new ideas of prevention and motivated to assist AIDS patients. Those with basic HIV/AIDS and healthcare background including medical professionals are welcomed to apply.
3. Orphans and Vulnerable Children Support program
In Kenya it is estimated that there are nearly 1,100,000 orphans due to HIV/AIDS. A significantly larger number of children are living in families where one or both parents are HIV positive. Many of them have been abused or neglected by their extended families or are just coming from poor families. Others could be sick, infected with HIV/AIDS or receiving inadequate care in orphanages.
The volunteer will have an opportunity in this program to offer their love, help and care to the orphans through mentorship. These children need love, attention, education, medical care, legal advice, psychological counseling like other normal children. They will be care for within their families and those with special needs being taken care of by surrogate families, orphanages or boarding schools. The volunteer will assist them with their homework, teach them in class, how to perform home chores. Virtual volunteers can sponsor a child in a boarding school. There is no professional requirement for this opportunity.
4. Healthcare and medical service program
This opportunity is best for qualified medical professionals like nurses, medical doctors, pharmacists, nutritionists, laboratory technologists, physiotherapist and any other medical professionals. The volunteer will work in local health centers and dispensaries offering their professional services in areas of general medicine, maternal child health, and minor surgeries and disease prevention education. Health facilities especially in the rural areas of rift valley are ill equipped and volunteers will need to be very inventive and motivated. Common infectious diseases in Rift valley include malaria, typhoid, and worms, among others.
5. Youth empowerment and Development program
Youth empowerment is about facilitating the youth to forge partnerships with other groups in society; instilling a sense of ownership in the efforts to improve their well-being; and building their capacity to realize their aspirations and boost self-motivation. Youth in Kenya form the majority of population.
The volunteer will work closely with AHADI youth center youths offering voluntary service in the community. He/she will be involved in HIV/AIDS prevention education in schools, tea buying centers, churches and other public gatherings. Together with the youth they will offer Peer education in schools to the pupils. The volunteer will also participate in Youth parliament where variety of issues touching the youths will be debated. S/he will be take active part in planning and participating various games and tournaments.
6. Agriculture and Community Development
The majorities of all the people in Kenya who live in poverty reside and work in rural areas. Many are farmers who live poorly because of lack of land and investment possibilities, impoverishment of the soil, low productivity, poor infrastructure and poor access to markets. Agriculture is of vital importance for ensuring that food is available, for generating incomes for the poor and for increasing economic growth. Rift valley is considered Kenya's food basket but most farmers are still practicing traditional farming.
Volunteers will work with our staff and local Agricultural extension officers to build the capacity of farmers through training, development, research, provision of targeted and relevant local and international market information, environmental sustainability and soil protection. Volunteers need not have any training on Agriculture but anyone interested in food production including professional Agriculturalist and environmentalists are welcome to apply.
7. Environmental conservation
In Kenya people and the environment are often trapped together in a downward spiral. Penury of natural resources forces the less privileged to consume the few resources available for them. The result is deeper poverty, depleted soils, deforestation, polluted water, diseases and despair. This is the current conflict pitting the government of Kenya and environmentalist on one hand and communities living around MAU forest on the other hand. MAU forest is Kenya's most important water tower.
Volunteers will do environmental education and capacity development and also help raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage people to manage change in the best interest of the community. The volunteer will work with our staff, local volunteers and environmentalist. Training on environment is not necessary but the volunteer should be able to understand environmental issues.
Women in Kenya generally have responsibilities for both domestic and productive roles, but their ability to contribute to society is constrained by social, cultural and political traditions. Women tend to be less educated; more limited in their options and paid less as compared to men. Yet they manage households, raise children, pass knowledge to the next generation, tend livestock, grow and process crops and often run business to supplement family income. These women need to be empowered to fulfill this very important role in the community.
Volunteers will be assisting in building the capacity of women to take important role in planning economic and social interventions in the society. The volunteer work with our staff to support research and actions aimed at making women's participation a reality and will support women with village credit schemes, training in forestry, crop and livestock management, accounting and marketing.
AHADI is a registered NGO in Kenya offering Community services since 2007 with the goal of eradicating poverty Ignorance and disease through economic empowerment, Education and healthcare.