About the local hosting organizationShining Star ECDC and Orphans School is located in Migori County, Nyatike Sub-county, Muhuru division, Muhuru -East location in Tagache Sub-location, along Muhuru-Migori road. The School was founded in 1999 by Mr. Hevrone Killmess Mairah due to lack of access to educational institutions in the area due to its remote setting, challenges posed by orphans the majority of whose parents are ravaged by HIV/AIDS pandemic and the high illiteracy levels within the community coupled high unemployment. In 2000 the school had a good number of children and 3 teachers and the community enjoyed the being of Shinning Star. In 2001 the school was temporarily closed due to the conflict within the local community until 2002 when this was resolved and the community agreed to host the School at the local Church due to lack of classroom buildings. 2003 the land was bought and demarcation done. In 2005 the first classroom was built by a volunteer called Steffi Rahn a 19-year old from Germany. 2009 started hosting volunteers from KVDA courtesy of the Germany Government sponsored program ―Weltwaerts‖ that afforded young Germans an opportunity to volunteer in Africa, Asia and Latin America 2010 Shinning Star was registered with the Kenyan Government and 2011 she got fully registered and put in Kenyan list. 2012 started building dormitory for both orphans and those having parents with the help of former KVDA volunteer from Germany named Daniel, which is still under construction. 2013 the School started goat farming and poultry farming that is still underway. It also set aside space for an orphanage home and new toilets that are already finished. There are more plans in the pipeline e.g. Agriculture, Business loaning for the widows and youths, competitive sports between local clubs and the School where trophies, balls and other gifts will be awarded to the participating teams. The School has a population of 360 children, 11 teachers and 5 support staff. The School has classes from Kindergarten to Standard eight. Shining Star ECDC and Orphans School is a community based education institution and caters for the needs of the orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) that had been rendered destitute. Fishing is the mainstay of the local community thanks to the expansive Lake Victoria. Due to the easy cash courtesy of the Lake, young people have been lured to drop out of School to engage in fishing and this has negatively impacted on the community since it has resulted in early marriages, school drop outs, early and unplanned pregnancies not forgetting the spread of HIV/AIDS that has resulted in increased number of OVC’s in the community. Community empowerment is crucial in achieving the overall objective of attaining sustainable development.
About the volunteer workProject activities Early childhood development; basic primary school education; This year 2015 the School has launched the secondary school section with the first students intake launched in February 2015. Care and support orphans and vulnerable Children and HIV/AIDS families; Enhancement of community empowerment trainings; ICT promotion and development in the local area and capacity building for community based organizations. Volunteer tasks Tasks of the volunteer in the project will be teaching: French, German, English, Mathematics and Science subjects; Development of club activities in the school; Promotion of sports and Extra curriculum activities such as physical education; working in the school garden The aim of the placement is to enhance service delivery to the children especially in the teaching curriculum. Community awareness programs on emerging development issues Writing of monthly reports, quarterly and annual reports
Local accommodationHome stay and the volunteer is entitled to private room but will share other amenities and meals with the host family. It is convenient for the volunteer to carry sleeping bag, mat and personal effects. KVDA has a memorandum of understanding with the host project regarding the project costs with appropriate procedures, checks and balances.
About the project locationMuhuru Bay, Migori County, Lake Victoria Region
RequirementsVolunteers interested in being placed in Shinning Star Academy are expected to have a good command of the English language. Volunteers will also be expected to learn the basics of the Kiswahili language to enable them be in a position to communicate freely with the elderly and also the children in the school, which will also assist in the integration of the volunteer in the local community and the host family. Qualifications required for the placement / Expectations towards the volunteer: The volunteer should be motivated towards the academic development of the students that s/he will be assigned while in the project. They also be able to teach, volunteers should have finished their high school are be trained as teachers. The volunteers is expected to be open minded and ready to adapt to the local system of education, culture and condition of life.
Extra info about the projectThe project participation fees is Euro 200 per month paid upfront on arrival to the cover costs stipulated the entire duration of the project. Monthly payment of participation fees is not allowed for conventional purposes. Volunteers accepted on MLTV project for one month will pay Euros 300 for the one month placement. INCLUDED : Return transfers from the airport and project Full board at the project (Accommodation and meals provided at the project) Orientation, evaluation and monitoring Volunteer mentorship NOT INCLUDED : Refreshments outside the project Air ticket, Excursion, Visa and Insurance Local travel and Personal effects It is recommended that volunteers applying to join this project should be aware that school terms in Kenya start at the beginning of the following months January, May and September 2016. This means the volunteers wishing to participate in this project should arrive in Kenya at the start of January, towards the end of April and towards the end of August 2016.