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, an initiative of the local community, provides food, clothes and life skills (art, sports, bead work) to children who have lost one or both parents. DCI are currently using the grounds of a local church to carry where the children are taught and get food.

Current projects:

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:

  • Teacher Assistants
  • Social work
  • Seminars on HIV/AIDS, sanitation, diet and other health issues
  • Sports coahing including soccer netball & volley ball.
  • Art and craft
  • Guidance and mentorship
  • Dancing, music, piano and guitar playing.
  • Fundraising

Requirements:

The volunteer is encouraged to learn the local language which is Kikuyu or Swahili. There is also a minimum stay requirement of 1month.


Accommodation:

Volunteers stay at Green Edges Lodge which is 20 minutes drive from the community. Green lodges provides

  • En-suite double rooms and self contained apartments.
  • Food is available at the hotel but not included in the price (approx 4 Euro for dinner)
  • Computers and internet access
  • TV room
  • Laundry
  • 24 hour security

Costs are 17 Euro per night, though TEV members receive the usual 10% discount.

Getting there:

You will most likely fly to Nairobi late at night and we recommend you stay at Heart Lodge in Nairobi. Dignified Children organizes a taxi for you and ensures you get a room at Heartlodge at subsidized rates. The following morning board a bus to Tambaya village.

Contact DCI


Phone number: +254721654908

 

DCI's Feeding Program

 

Mentorship and confidence building

 

Green Edges Apartments

 

Tambaya, Kenya