As a volunteer on our childcare program you will spend some memorable time helping the children living in a children’s home. At the children’s home you will be doing any different number of tasks with the children. These are just some examples of how you will be helping the children, helping with homework, fetching water, helping with the laundry or maybe even cooking some Kenyan foods for the children. There are always many things to do at a children’s home and you will never be bored.
About Children’s Homes in Kenya:
Some the children’s homes have over 100 children living in them, this can be due to neglect, poverty and abandonment. If the parents find themselves in a situation where they can no longer care for their child they will then do what they feel is best for their child and place them a children’s home. Special Needs Children in Kenya are just starting to be recognized as human beings now, but if you had a child that was born with a disability you were exiled from your family if you didn’t give your child up and put them in a children’s home. This is their culture and we cannot ever try to change it, that needs to come from within the country itself.
Another reason as to why they have such a high number of children is education, school is not free in Kenya, they must pay school fees, buy uniforms and so on, if the family is unable to do this then the child will not attend school. Some parents want their child to attend to school so they will place them in a children’s home, that has a school in its compound and their child will receive an education. It is the ultimate sacrifice for any parent to make. They are not all orphans, but they still require the same care and love that an orphan child does.
Because ALL Children Matter is partnered with 3 children’s homes, all of them are legally registered and have been vetted by our Board of Directors. One of the three homes is for special needs children only, there are currently 48 children living with various disabilities and can really use your help.
- We don’t require you to have any special education to volunteer in a children’s home, however we do ask that you come with an open mind
- Be prepared to commit to volunteering for a minimum of 2 weeks
- Be able to work alone, or with little supervision
- Be self motivated and goal orientated
Children’s homes provide safety and support for the orphaned children in Africa. Volunteers give children hope for a better future through educational, physical, and emotional support.
Our goal for our children’s home program is to be able to help the women and men running these homes as best we can. We follow their direction and only do what we are asked to do, they know what the child needs more than we do.
- Safari in Kenya, visit the beautiful beaches of Mombasa and feed some Giraffes
- Learn to speak Swahili from the children you are helping
- Have fun while spending time with these children
- Gain valuable experience volunteering with these children
- Make new friends and memories that will last a lifetime
Volunteering in Kenya was truly a life changing experience! I was traveling solo, but immediately felt welcomed and safe when I arrived in Kenya thanks to Johnson, who picked me up from the airport! It was an incredible experience and my only regret is that I wasn’t able to stay longer! ~ Lindsay