Work camp: Cheerful Special Home

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Program Description

Project Location: Nyeri County of Kenya,
Orientation date: 05th May 2018 from 10:00 am
Start and End dates: 06th May – 25th May 2018
Safari dates: 02nd May – 04th May 2018
Theme: Supporting the physically and mentally disabled people
No. of Volunteers: 10 - 20
Cheerful Special Home is a charitable institution which was started in 2005 by two volunteer teachers who by virtual of their profession had realized the problems children with mental handicaps from poor families and orphans were undergoing. They care, support and train these vulnerable persons. It is not a profit making venture but an initiative where they can all join hands and help these physically and mentally challenged persons. There are 24 children aged between 10 to 17 years who are leave in the project and has 11 staff and caretakers who take care of the children. The home aims to provide quality services to mentally handicapped orphans so that they may be productive and useful members in the society. They also make the children feel wanted and appreciated which helps them develop their talents.
The project relies on well-wishers and people of good will who support them with basic education, food, clothing and health care including jigger eradication drugs. There are a large number of needy children the project would really like to admit to the Home but, due to the financial and resource constraints, they have limited number of the children they can support.


work camp activities
Helping in preparation of meals, serving and feeding the children
Engaging the children and training them on vocational skills e.g Activities of Daily living (ADL) i.e. dress making skills, making beds, weaving
Training children how to read and write as well as assisting them with their homework
Guiding and counseling of the children
Playing together with children through extracurricular activities such a sports and dance


Age: above 18 years from (If you are below 18 years you need a written consent from a guardian)
A positive attitude towards independent progress of others
A willingness to adapt to local conditions
A desire to interact and understand other people’s culture and philosophy of life
Be open-minded and willing to freely exchange ideas, information and experiences without imposing your own values on others

Volunteer Types

Disability issues

What`s Included

Airport pick up upon arrival & Airport drop off after the work camp
Up to 3 nights’ accommodation in Nairobi
Introduction to Kenyan life through a Nairobi City Center Tour before the work camp
Work camp Orientation at the CIVS office in Nairobi or the work camp site
Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Work camp facilitation and mentoring of volunteers by an experienced work camp leader
Certificate of participation for the volunteer
All administrative costs

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Program Locations

Karatina, Kenya

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Program Details

CIVS Comunity Service
  • Kenya: Karatina
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
1-3 months
265 Euros
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