West Kenya, where our Community Outreach Volunteer Project is based, has a level of rural poverty above the national average and a high incidence of HIV/AIDS. Orphaned children and widows in this region are usually left with very little support, as most of the family’s resources have been exhausted during their parents’, or spouse’s illness. Orphan headed households comprised of five to eight or more children, ranging from toddlers to 16 years of age and left to fend for themselves, are common.As a volunteer in Kenya you can help us to address this problem. Our projects aim to meet the basic needs of these families, such as food, clothing and shelter and to provide skills, tools and resources, so that they may start to become self-sufficient.
Volunteer in Kenya – A beautiful country in need of support
Kenya has long been a popular destination with tourists, especially for wildlife safaris to its many celebrated National Parks and game reserves, such as the Masai Mara, Amboseli and Tsavo. However, underlying the warm welcome that visitors will receive from Kenya’s friendly people and its wealth of wildlife and areas of natural beauty is extreme poverty, particularly in some of the more rural regions.
A UNAIDS report in 2008 estimated that there were between 1.1 and 1.3 million orphans aged 17 or younger, as a result of HIV/AIDS alone, in Kenya and more recent reports support this figure. Since then Kenya has had to deal with various challenges and tragedies. The country experienced extreme post election violence in early 2008, 2009 brought the worst drought in a decade, and all during a period of global economic crisis and significant oil and food price increases in Kenya.
You can show this beautiful country your support by offering a little of your time as a volunteer in Kenya.