About the local hosting organization
Sigomre Small Hall for the Physically Challenged Children was established in 1996 by a Mill Hill nun with Rt. Rev Zachaeus Okoth, Bishop of Kisumu diocese and the community. The purpose of its establishment was to provide basic needs such as accomodation, education, food, shelter and health care for disabled people within the surrounding communities. The community at Sigmore donated land for construction of the facility. The project has been supporting many people who are physically and mentally chellenged thus empowering them socially and economically to become self reliant and fully integrated members of their communities. Currently the home hosts 52 people with disabilities of which 28 are males and 24 are females. They are aged between 3-25 years old. The home has boarding, primary and vocational training sections, which are located within the project sites. The vocational training section provides skills like tailoring and carpentry mainly to those who fail to complete their schooling.
About the volunteer work
- assisting in teaching english, mathematics, social sciences and creative arts
- sewing, beadwork and crocheting
- provision of nursing services and general health education
- playing games with the physically challenged people
- teaching of computer to the students
- care giving services such as preparation of meals, assisting the kids with mobility and general cleaning of the home
- physiotherapy sessions that includes physical assessment of range of movement and manual muscle strenght testing
- farm work which includes weeding, planting of variety of crops and harvesting
The volunteers will be accomodated at the project institution where all meals shall be provided. There are pit latrines, bath shelters and a kitchen at the project available for use by the volunteers.
About the project location
The project is located in Sigmore Division, Ugunja district, Siaya County of Kenya. It is approximately 9 hours drive from Nairibi city.
About the leisure activities possible
CIVS Kenya organizes tours and safaris to spectacular sites of interest in Kenya. Volunteers, who wish to participate, should let us know as soon as possible in order to enable us to make proper arrangements. The fee charged is all-inclusive of meals, transport, park entry fees, accommodation and tour guiding. The cost of a 3 days safari to Masai Mara National Reserve is 330 Euro.
Sleeping bag, sleeping mat and mosquito net are necessary. You can also bring photos of your country, clothes, books, pens, toys etc.
About the meeting point
When you are booking your flight, please make sure that your arrival is at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. A member of the CIVS will pick you up at your arrival.
Extra info about the project
There will be an orientation seminar for new volunteers lasting three days including Nairobi city introduction and project placement.
The project will be available throughout the year.
The participation fees are 200€/month (staying of 2 months and longer), or 250€ for 1 month only.