Community Health Volunteers

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Program Description

Community Health Volunteers (CHV) is a community based organization established in 2006 by Kenyan volunteers operating within Kakamega East District. The organization is situated at Virhembe Market and focuses on fighting HIV/AIDS and other health issues. The mission of this CHV is to spearhead implementation of community health conservation projects in order to create a better life for communities in Western Kenya.
The organization pursuits the aim of expanding capacities of the community in regards to dealing with HIV/AIDS. It seeks to design and implement quality HIV/AIDS interventions, as well as to support people living with HIV/AIDS by increasing access and improving the quality of healthcare and referral services for them through increased linkages with the Ministry of Health. The group also aims to promote safe sexual behavior and practice among youth and vulnerable groups. Community Health Volunteers in collaboration with DANIDA are establishing a dispensary and a computer-training center that will serve as a learning center for the youth. This will be the only dispensary and resource center within this area.

Highlights

This is very rewarding experience for volunteer. While sharing very essential knowledge,skills, and expertise with community members, the volunteer will have an opportunity to learn about Kenyan culture and language, way of life, travel and undertake safaris if they wish so.

Volunteer activities:
- Assisting the medical staff of the dispensary
- Supporting the computer-training center by providing basic computer skills to community members
- School outreach programs
- Awareness creation in the community on sexual and reproductive health

Qualifications

Volunteers with computer skills as well as those in the medical field (doctors, nurses, etc.) are needed for this project. It is necessary to have a high motivation and lots of initiative to implement the objectives of the project. You should be ready for any kind of work.

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What`s Included

Included services:
- Airport transfers from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi
- 3-day orientation seminar
- Introduction to the city
- Accommodation and food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during orientation and placement duration
- Coordination, mentoring and supervision
- possibility: 3-day Safari to Masai Mara National Reserve, 330 Euro

The following costs are NOT included:
- Cost of drinks like soda, beer, mineral water etc
- Cost of sightseeing
- Visa costs (www.ecitizen.go.ke)
- Direct donations to the project
- Local traveling

What to bring: Sleeping bag, sleeping mat and mosquito net are necessary. You can also bring photos of your country, clothes, books, pen

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Program Locations

Vihrembe, Kakamega, Kenya

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Program Details

Provider:
CIVS Comunity Service
Location
  • Kenya: Vihrembe, Kakamega
Terms:
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
1-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months
Languages:
English
Participants:
Worldwide
Cost:
Up to one month: 250 Euros, 2 months and longer: 200 Euro/month

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