About the local hosting organization
Cheerful Special Home is a charitable children's institution which was started in 2005 by two volunteer teachers who by virtue of their profession had realized the problems children with mental disability from poor families and orphans were going through. The home aims to
provide quality services to mentally handicapped orphans so that they may be productive and useful members in the society. They also make the children feel wanted and appreciated which helps them develop their talents. The project cares supports and trains these vulnerable children. It is not moneymaking business but an initiative where they can all join hands and help these desperate children. There are 24 children aged between 10 to 17 years who leave in the project. It has 11 staff and caretakers who take care of the children. The project relies on well-wishers and people of good will who support them with basic education, food, clothing and health care services such as jigger eradication. The project would like to enroll more vulnerable children in the home but due to insufficient funds and resources, the project can only support few children.
About the volunteer work
- Helping with preparation of meals, serving and feeding the children
- Engaging the children and training them on vocational skills e.g. Activities of Daily living (ADL) i.e. dress making skills and arranging of beds
- Training children how to read and write as well as assisting them with their homework
- Guiding, counseling and offering psychological support to the children
- Playing together with children and organizing of extracurricular activities such a sports, games and dance
The volunteers will be accommodated 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 Karatina Location, Nyeri County, Central part of Kenya. It is approximately 4 hours drive from Nairobi 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.