Still in some parts of the world to demand the same opportunities as men, for many women it can become a problem without solution. You find yourself in situations where women don’t have the right to land or to obtain a passport without their partner’s authorization, as well as not allowing them to go to school; Kenya doesn’t escape this situation, even though primary education is free, you find yourself with many barriers, such as the family, which thinks it’s not necessary to go to school, the economic situation, the culture or because it’s not allowed. What do we do with this situation?
Adventure Volunteer with the support of local organizations, volunteers and through the volunteer program, empowerment of young mothers, seeks to create a space for all women in communities of scarce resources and social exclusion, where they can express what they feel, think and hope for the future.
For this work to be successful we need to involve the entire community, volunteers and local staff of the organization in the creation of the programmed activities, which will allow us to learn more about the environment in which these women live.
In Adventure Volunteer, we know personally all the volunteer programs where we collaborate. This allows us to guarantee the quality of the volunteer programs where we are present. You can ask us everything you need to know and we will be more than happy to guide and recommend you on the programs where you can support.
YOUR ROLE AS A VOLUNTEER
One of the ways we have found to address the problems of many women in Kenya is through awareness raising and education, which through the volunteer program empowering young mothers. In the trainings and talks, themes such as domestic violence, diseases and drugs are emphasized. They also develop activities such as
- Support in the sewing and embroidery workshops.
- Computer classes
- English and Mathematics Classes
As a volunteer, one of the most important things is to support these young mothers to increase their self-esteem and self-confidence, through the creation and organization of didactic and educational activities for them.
TIME AND PLACE OF WORK
The Young Mothers Empowerment Volunteer Program is located in Kahawa Soweto, 5 – 10 minutes walk from the host family home.
In principle the project is open all year round and the minimum participation time is 2 weeks.
Usually a volunteer day in the volunteer program is young mothers empowerment:
- From 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. is breakfast with the family.
- Afterwards it is 15 minutes walking towards where the project is developed. It is an opportunity to get to know the community.
- From 8:15 a.m. to 16 hours, taking a break for lunch (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.) you will be collaborating in the project.
- Weekends are free for rest or excursions.
LODGING AND MEALS
Accommodation and meals for the volunteer are provided by the Kenyan host family. These allow the volunteers to get to know more directly the culture of the country and the people who live in these communities.
The selected houses have:
- Room (for two or three volunteers depending on the house)
- A bathroom
The food is typical of the country. Usually at breakfast you have tea or coffee and fruit, cassava, sweet potato, pancakes or mandazi of rice with stew, spaghetti, ugali with cabbages or vegetables, githeri (combination of cornmeal and cooked beans) and Matoke (banana and chicken stew) dinner is similar to the main meal.
The total cost of the volunteer programme for the empowerment of young mothers is from 585€ for two weeks. Each additional week costs 180€. (The price in dollars is approximate).
The prices of the program of voluntary empowerment of young mothers, are in euros, so the exchange of currencies will have real effect. You can consult the exchange rate for the period of your trip.
WHAT ARE YOU PAYING FOR?
- Welcome at the airport
- Accommodation with the host family
- Meals during the implementation of your volunteer program
- 24/7 support from the Adventure Volunteer team
- Monitoring and evaluation of the programme
- Orientation and induction to the program
- Certificate of Volunteerism