This essential program works on a variety of projects to help Kenya’s refugees. After the results from the 2007 election, riots ensued throughout many parts of Kenya forcing over 600,000 families to flee from their homes in fear of their lives. Once the violence ended, too afraid to return to their homes, hundreds of thousands of civilians sought refuge on barren land across the country, in tiny tents donated by the UN. These people are better referred to as Settled Internally Displaced People (SIDP). Though the tents have since been replaced with more permanent dwellings, around 600 families still reside in the SIDP village Love Volunteers support through this project, which is located around an hour outside of Nairobi. Within the SIDP village itself there are many ongoing projects, all intended to better the lives of the inhabitants through sustainable education, employment and financial opportunities. Volunteers have the chance to teach at the school for the village children, continue the development of sustainability programs such as gardening, farming and water sanitation, work on construction projects – including a new community hall and medical clinic and erecting fencing – or even run small medical clinics for the people of the village.
Goals of this Project:
- Empower the refugees of Kenya
- Improve the future prospects of children and adults living in the camp through education, employment and financial initiatives
- Give the refugees a sense of hope for a brighter future
- Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike.
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
HOW TO APPLY
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to help create a brighter future for people living in marginalized communities of Kenya. While this project is best suited to those pursuing a career in the fields of anthropology, social work, social entrepreneurship and/or economics, volunteers who simply wish to be involved in a more ‘varied’ project are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist and individual projects can often be tailored to suit the particular skills and interests or each participant. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive ‘can-do’ attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
ADDITIONALLY, VOLUNTEERS APPLYING TO JOIN THIS PROGRAM WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUPPLY TO FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION:
- Emergency contact
- Police check