Dignified Children International, Tambaya, Kenya
Tambaya is a small village in central province with a population of about 3500 people. Though the area is ‘agricultural’, the land owned by individual families is very small for sufficient food production and so the residents do not rely on farming. Some people do casual labour in other peoples home or work in the only production unit in the area; a coffee factory, where they make a maximum of 150 shillings a day. Considering the hard economic times in country and rising cost of food, this money is hardly enough to buy food, let alone cater for other needs like education costs or medical expenses. HIV is also prevalent in this area with most AIDS orphans being taken care of by elderly grandparents who are not strong enough to work and earn a living. Children drop out of school at a younger age as they are needed to work and help provide financially for their families. In a nut shell, Tambaya has a vicious cycle of poverty since most children will not complete school due to lack of finances. If a family cannot afford a basic necessity like food, other needs like education and health will not be met.
Dignified Children International provides food, education and clothes to children struggling with poverty. The organization is in the process of putting up a community centre for children to learn skills, receive guidance and counselling, and to provide their guardians with training on farming and access to seminars on HIV/AIDS.
Current Volunteer opportunities:
The volunteer is encouraged to learn the local language which is Kikuyu or Swahili. There is also a minimum stay requirement of 1month.
DCI's Feeding Program
Mentorship and confidence building
Green Edges Apartments