Volunteer in Children's Home for Orphan Abandoned Babies

Location

Kenya: Mombasa, Nairobi

Description

The daily tasks in the home are centered around the demanding care of these very young children and babies. Feeding them, changing them and keeping them active with toys and giving them love and attention at this crucial early stages of life. Volunteers can also help with the preparation of food and clearing up after feeding times and helping get them to sleep. The children being so young need the same care an attention that anyone would give to their own children. Many of the babies are transferred from hospitals where they have been abandoned or the parent has died from HIV. Some are admitted with no knowledge of their background too. Most babies admitted who have been born form HIV positive parents however do not always have HIV. Most of the babies arrive malnourished and often ill where the home, volunteers and staff care for them in everyway possible.

Highlights

The home in central Kenya is situated 45 minutes away from Nyeri town, where it is possible to find all things modern from Internet to pubs and five star safari clubs. Nyeri sits just a couple of hours drive north of Nairobi where you would fly into and have your induction. This part of the country has a beautiful topography that is well covered by tall and green trees that gives a perfect setting for bird watching, or evening walks. For the adventurous, Mt Kenya is only an hour away, thus an attempt to climb to any of its three peaks would be a fulfilling move. Besides that, most of us would visit Meru reserve that is famous for Joy and George Adamson's hand rearing and releasing of animals. The famous lioness 'Elsa', whom most of us know from the film 'Born Free' The area is rain forested so game spotting is hard and an easier alternative is Aberdare a few hours away, or Samburu where you are likely to spot the elusive Leopard. The other homes in Nairobi and Mombasa are close to shops and everything else convenient.

Program Duration

2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks

Typical Duration of Program

2-4 weeks

Dates

all year

Qualifications

People willing to offer compassion, skills and support. This placement would best suit someone looking for a chance to do some good away from home and cities. It would also suit groups of two to six people with a wish to effect a major and positive change in the lives of truly destitute babies. Experience with handling young children would also be of great benefit although being warm, adaptable and have a love for young children is paramount. The trip can be perfectly combined with a holiday. For instance, an individual could volunteer at the home for three weeks then take on a holiday safari for a week at a special cost. You could combine this with a second month at a clinic where we have a placement. Volunteers are expected to take part in all duties to help staff in this location. Tasks included washing by hand, sweeping and helping cooking and other jobs that form an essential part of the running of these placements. Potential volunteers must understand this prior to booking. Be ready for a warm welcome and lots of fun.

The Children's home is an ideal placement for those looking for places to initiate projects that would strike a positive and immediate effect to a needy person's life for long period of time. Its a great opportunity to have an impact on babies who really have no hope.

One must be prepared to face hash realities of life, with regard to the levels of need and sufferings. In return the children will give you a rewarding and memorable time you will never forget. The staff are also very warm and welcome help where they will offer you much friendship and assistance. The area is safe and simply stunning and our host family accommodation is better than most volunteer companies can offer. For those willing to spend their days caring for baby orphans and who really want to make a difference but value your own comforts, this is for you.

Languages

  • English

Cost in US$:

Please contact us for more information.

Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Registration fees

Experience Required

no

Volunteer Types

  • Orphans

Age Range

18+

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Apartment/Flat
  • Home-stays

Application Process Involves

  • Resume

Typically The Application Process Time is

1-3 weeks