Volunteer to give teaching assistance and recreational programs in this successful orphanage school
A busy, colourful and industrious project, the success and culture of this orphanage school reflects the strength, determination and vision of the founder Regina.
Their mission is to be “Committed to building children Spiritually, Physically, Academically & Socially”
The orphanage school had a very humble beginning, starting in 2007 as a pre-school for 16 children. It remains a low income project with no public funding, surviving only from donations, but the resourcefulness and management skills of Regina means this is now a successful school providing 460 children with education, 96 of whom are resident.
The quoted aspiration is that this continuing success will one day result in the opening of the first slum University in Nairobi, and given the current success this looks quite possible.
The premises are well maintained and the school has a small library and even a computer room with 6 PCs. The age group is 7-18, mixed boys and girls, working in 13 different classes, supported by 14 teachers.
Volunteers do not typically lead classes, but are used to supplement the local teaching staff and offer the children more individual time and support with their work. The biggest requirement of volunteers is to help run extra-curricular activities, whether that is sports, drama, arts & crafts, music, games, as well as providing the resident children with homework support.
This is suitable for those wanting to volunteer abroad as part of a gap year, or volunteers with ambition or experience of working with children and teaching who want to experience working in Kenya.
Volunteers offer teaching support to both primary and secondary school children, according to their experience and ambitions and as agreed with the head teacher. Volunteers will have the support of local staff to help them make the best contribution, in the areas needing their help the most.
The local staff do not have the capacity to provide extra-curricular activities, ones that stimulate the minds and tease out the talents of the children. Volunteers are therefore encouraged to lead sports and recreational activities, including sports, arts, music, dance, games, as well as homework clubs for the resident children. You will have the full backing of Regina, so it is an opportunity for you to develop workshops or classes in activities that make the best of your own talents.
As a developing project, there are always other activities to get involved with in running the orphanage, whether helping with cleaning and cooking, minor maintenance projects, or helping with the administration and fundraising if you have experience you can bring to bear.
The resource limits of the orphanage mean the children are offered a reasonable education but with no cultural or sporting opportunities outside of those the volunteers provide. Creativity is missing from the usual curriculum.
In addition to teaching support, volunteers running recreational activities therefore bring an added dimension to the school lives of these children, stimulating interests that so many children in more developed countries take for granted. You will help discover new talents in them, as well as yourself.
I was impressed by the organisation of the briefing and the quantity of material provided both Liz and James had extraordinary knowledge of each and every projectStudent, Kenya