Volunteer

 

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Be A Volunteer

Overview: 

We are looking for energetic people that believe in our mission and want to make a personal impact to changing the lives of women and children in rural Kenya. This region has a high HIV/AIDS rate and therefore has left a high amount of widows and orphans that are trying to better their lives and stop the cycle of abuse and poverty. We are looking for multi-dimensional people that want to help them be problem solvers and empower them to rise above their current circumstances. The need is great, therefore there are a variety of ways you can volunteer, so be sure read below and contact us if you have any questions.

We’d love to have you!

 

Lifestyle & Location:  

This will be truly a rural Kenyan “village living” experience which will have you sleeping at the Wagoma Centre, on-site with some widows and orphans.   You’ll have a semi-private room with a double bed and a latrine on the grounds.  The Rona members will provide three delicious meals, ingredients sourced locally from the farm, for you.   This is a lively bunch of women that will make your stay memorable and you’ll no doubt leave with new skills such as how to make a good chapatti and some traditional Luo dance songs.

This is a pretty remote village just about 40 minutes outside Bondo, with terrible roads leading to it but the Wagoma Centre sits on the most pristine land right on the shores of Lake Victoria.   You’ll get your fill of fresh fish and beautiful sunsets.

The actual village is not on Google Maps but it’s closest town is Bondo.   Wagoma is located to the west of Bondo on Lake Victoria.

Location on Google Maps

 

Duration types: 

Short-term volunteer opportunities:  1- 4 weeks

Professional volunteer opportunities:  1 month or more (based on project need).

Split Nairobi & Wagoma volunteer:  If you are working on a professional volunteer placement, consider spending some time in Nairobi and working with Rona’s founder.

 

Types of Short-Term Projects:

These are examples based on immediate needs but if you have an idea for a project or how you best can contribute please include that in your application.

 

  • Building a Widow House – This program is ongoing and is based on the need and fundraising resources.
  • Project on the Farm – This may include harvesting crops, planting seeds & trees, tilling the land, training widows on your expertise, engineering a better solution for irrigation, and one-time projects such as putting up fencing.
  • Teacher – Either at the Wagoma Centre’s nursery school or in the primary school share your passion with the students. 
  • Medical Camp – This will happen in May 2014 and last year attracted over 3,000 people in need of anything from essential care, maternal health, HIV prevention and treatment, family planning, and much more.  
  • Holiday Celebration – Christmas for the orphans and will involve preparations, feeding of over 500 villagers and orphans, arts and crafts and much more. 

  

Types of Professional Projects:

These are examples based on immediate needs but if you have an idea for a project or how you best can contribute please include that in your application. 

 

  • Agricultural expert – This may include focusing on one or many parts of the farm, which will include maximizing yields, irrigation systems, crop diversification for food security, nutrition and environmental concerns.  This also could include running the farm like a business, such as securing local markets, using technology (mobile phones) effectively, business training, and assessing needs and monitoring progress.
  • Business expert or data collector– Assessing the business needs of all programs and operations within Rona and setting up training, workshops, micro-credit and savings experience programs to address the most immediate needs.  If possible, do a complete monitoring and evaluation for a larger on-going impact assessment.
  • Grief, loss & trauma counselor – Professionally licensed professional who has expertise in servicing widows and orphans through empowerment and able to lead workshops and training.
  • Carpenter or builder –  Fix and build items around the center and in the village.  Lead a youth training & job skills workshop.
  • Technology expert – Able to train community youth on employable skills needed in technology and set up a program that can expand access and resources by finding new partners in the tech sector.
  • Fundraising angel –   Someone who has a big heart and wants to help this organization fund all the much needed programs.   This can be done anywhere in the world and can be a big or small goal.  Any amount helps and a Rona representative will work with you to set up the campaign and guide you through the process.

 

Profile of Candidate:

As an individual with expertise to share, we think the following would make your volunteer experience the most impactful:

Must have:

  • Understanding of local context and sensitivities or willingness to learn
  • Speaks a little Swahili and Luo or willingness to learn quickly
  • A genuine spirit of service and wanting to make an difference
  • An easy-going attitude and
  • Agricultural experience in rural Africa, ideally with farm cooperatives.

Nice to have some of these:

  • Project management / accounting / book-keeping
  • Fundraising experience
  • Networks in Nairobi & recommendations for future partnerships
  • Micro-loan expertise
  • Kenyan who is educated and wants to give back in a significant way.

 

 What makes us appealing?

  • Besides the adorable kids that will capture your heart, this is truly a unique opportunity to really see the impact of your contribution.   The needs are so great in this region that any service can have a big effect on change.
  • Rona’s trying to accomplish a lot, across all needs and people within the community and is driven by a fierce passion to change the community for the next generation.
  • It’s always a fun time at the Centre with singing and dancing, curious kids wanting to play and a daily abundance of smiles and hugs.

 

Some Examples of Tasks:

  • Defining the cooperative farm structure
  • Administration and operations
  • Fundraising
  • Local research, data collection, impact assessment
  • Empowerment workshops with widows and orphans
  • Health, nutrition, hygiene or medical awareness training.

 

Costs: 

Since there is a cost of hosting volunteers (transportation to & from Wagoma from Bondo, daily food, staff resources), at this time we’ll need to charge for the stay.

Short-term volunteer opportunities:  $150 USD per week

Professional volunteer opportunities:  $500 USD per month

Split Nairobi & Wagoma volunteer: $150 USD per week

This does not include transportation from Nairobi to Bondo or any other transportation in the village.

If you are a Kenyan, these prices can be on a  sliding scale, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

 

What’s Next? 

Please send an email to:  info@ronafoundation.co.ke and include your CV/resume, what type of projects interest you and why, the type of volunteer option and dates available.

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