Mentor & Counsellor for the Youth

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Coordinator | Duncan
Coordinator | Duncan
Light of hope youth initiative runs Motivation and Mentorship programs in our beneficiary schools, where we address issues that affects the children’s life in general. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 20+

Light of Hope Youth Initiative-International (LOHYI) is a leading national NGO working to serve less privileged communities around Kenya. LOHYI uses the Quadra helix approach in partnership with the government of Kenya, through ministries of health, education, youth/gender affairs and vision 2030 with other stakeholders, civil societies, corporate and institutions to design mechanism to find solutions in different communities.

LOHYII has programs around four thematic areas namely Elimisha dada/ Inua kaka (which translates to educate a sister/ support a brother for Education), Jitegemee (which translates to self-dependence for Economic empowerment), Boresha (which translates to betterment pertaining to Health), Mtaa Yangu (which translates to my community for Leadership and Governance).

The programs are tailored in over 97 learning institutions (Primary, Secondary and tertiary institutions) and the community across 4 counties in Kenya that reach over 30, 000 adolescents, youth, women and People Living with Disabilities (PWD’S) annually. LOHYI vision “A generation of responsible, and active citizens!” and her mission is to ensure inclusive, equitable quality education, enhance healthy lives, promote economic empowerment and build effective and accountable leaders.

Our mentor and counselor for the youth will be mainly involved with two programs namely; Elimisha dada/ Imarisha kaka (which translates to educate a sister/ empower the boy child for Education).

Elimisha Dada (educate a sister)

Elimisha Dada works as a package that observes the principle of inclusivity in all aspects of national development, where it fills the gaps that exist in our society through Education, Transformation, Mentorship and nurturing the young generation to be active citizens for a better future.

Girl Child Empowerment

This project aims at keeping girls in school by proving sanitary towels to vulnerable girls in schools and equipping them with knowledge on how to handle their bodies. With a purpose to make local young girls more aware about their body changes and relevant topics during the provision of sanitary towels, LOHYI International organizes sessions to train them about Health and Personal Hygiene. Elimisha Dada's strategy is not to duplicate the work of teachers in schools, but it strives to compliment it, our aim is to mentor the young generation on education and societal issues.
These findings encouraged the creation of the Elimisha Dada, 'Educate your Sister'. It gives focus and attention to promoting the education of girls in Kenya into positive life opportunities. The initiative targets reach of 10,000 girls by 2020.From recent case studies collected, we have found that many girls have their first period at school and are sent home from their teachers because the teachers cannot provide them with a sanitary pad to allow them to continue their classes for the rest of the day.
As a fore mentioned, Light of Hope supports several schools in the Machakos county and surroundings by providing more than 4000 girls with sanitary pads on a monthly basis. The distribution of sanitary pads is accompanied by educational talks to girls in classes 6, 7 and 8 and students from forms 1-4 on issues such as HIV/AIDS, Gender based violence, drug abuse, nutrition, health, hygiene and sanitation. We recognize lack of knowledge and services around these matters which can lead to driving factors in early marriage, pregnancy, HIV transmissions and school drop-outs. The program responds to the reality that many girls do not attend school during their menstruation cycle. Some young girls are forced to stay at home the whole week because their families do not have the necessary funds to purchase sanitary pads. In Kenya, 850,000 girls miss 6 weeks of school every year because of their periods. 
Following Light of Hope's 2014 survey across the first 6 schools they visited in Machakos, it was found that on average 65% of girls missed a week from school per term due to their periods. This amounts to 203 out of 332 girls missing school. The lack of attendance affects their academic performance as many girls cannot reach the best of their ability. Monthly disruptions because of menstruation is also a contributing factor to higher school drop-out rates amongst girls in Kenya - 24% of girls do not complete their primary school education. 

The older children will be referred to as "Big Sister" or "Big Brother" by the younger pupils to encourage security and comfort between each pair. The mentoring program will be dedicated to helping children develop a deeper understanding of who they are, while building strong, positive relationships. 

The program will encourage mentors to act as role models for the younger children and to teach and support them on important lessons on menstruation, self-esteem and ambition building. By using carefully selected activities which will include a staring competition between pairs, the bomb and shield game and a human knot exercise to name a few, team working and trust skills will be developed between students. The importance of mentoring and what all pupils can achieve from it will also be enforced. Elimisha Dada is to set foundations for long lasting bonds to be created which can make a difference in the lives of young children. 
Not only will girls have someone older they can turn to when they begin their menstruation but the older children will benefit from leadership skills. 
In an effort to empower the Girl child and the persistent campaign for awareness of girls’, the society has ignored the plight of a boy child.

The Imarisha kaka Initiative

This program is initiated to nurture, empower and transform the young generation in the community to take active responsibility as citizens for their destiny. The mentorship program is aimed to at improving the boy’s academic performance and hence retains them in school. We focus on encouraging, inspiring, motivating them to be responsible and active citizens in the future.
Extensive research has shown that the boy child is at high risk of dropping out of school than girls. The boy child of the 21st century is faced with tremendous challenges which unless properly guarded the society is losing him.
These challenges include;

  • Lack of Education
  • Child Labour
  • Discrimination in the allocation of wealth (single parented)
  • Lack of potential in the job market
  • Lack of guidance from the family and the society
  • Drug and Substance abuse
  • Sexual abuse/HIV and AID’s
  • Dropping from school
  • Poverty – Lack of basic needs
  • Least opportunities in awarding of scholarships and Guidance
The first aim of every family and society should be to raise healthy and productive individuals who are physically, psychologically, socially and mentally well developed. The negligence of issues affecting the boy child is apparent and evident in most discourse and academic literature.
The boy child is associated with several vices due to the neglect in bid to find his footing – he may get engaged in irresponsible behaviour posing a major challenge to the society t large. We focus to promote and encourage guidance to address issues of;
a) Immorality
b) Sexuality
c) Aspect of sharing ideas, skills and innovations
d) Relationships
e) Self responsible
f) Communal responsibilities.

Effects of neglecting the Boy child.

  • Imprisonment due to crime and drug and substance abuse
  • Lack of responsibility and focused young men in the society.
  • Imbalance among genders which leads to marriage partner mismatch.

Our aim is to provide the boy child with empowerment focussing on every child especially those from humble backgrounds; even those who are not highly educated can be equipped with the following;

  • Technical skills to enable them become self reliant.
  • Come up with projects aimed at helping the boy child achieve self confidence through motivation.
  • Letting the boy child enjoy his freedom and right to be treated fairly.
  • Designing ways of challenging young men into a path of service, responsibilities, self-development and pursuit of success in life.
  • Moral guidance on drug and substance abuse plus their sexual and reproductive health. 

Our programs run through the following activities;-

  1. We provide sanitary towels to keep girls in school under our Elimisha Dada Project.
  2. Mentor-ship and motivation programs around our beneficiary schools and the community.
  3. Event planning including the annual soccer tournament and International days for celebration e.g World Menstrual Day and International Day for the girl child, tree planting among others.
  4. Visit the disabled and the vulnerable in our community.
  5. Conduct Health talks including sexual reproductive health, drug abuse, early pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, hygiene and sanitation etc. We also give talks on entrepreneurship and vocational skills mainly tailoring and fashion design.
  6. Online networking and resource mobilization.

Volunteers will work hand in hand together with the local youth team members who also volunteer with us. We provide a platform for the volunteers to freely exercise their skills and also nurture their skills through actual practical exposure of how the organization runs on a daily basis. We let our volunteers run the organization by assigning specific duties to specific individuals according to daily or monthly targets. Volunteers do not need to carry any special equipment.

Typical day

There are basically two types of days , Field Visit Days and Office days.

A typical day will involve, reporting to the office at 9 am , field visits as from 11 till 3, with a lunch brake ( the visits will be at least thrice a week unless communicated otherwise and with consent) , and checking out of the office at 4 pm.


A typical day will involve , reporting to the office at 9 am, conducting office activities like ; Proposal writing, event organizing, office visits, training among others which lie on our objectives, lunch break and checking out of the office at 4 pm.All these activities are set on a work plan and are solely handled according to the objectives and time frame deadline.

Please note : There are weekly meetings for proper day to day planning of activities.

Free-time activities

During their free time, they will be involved in outdoor activities whereby our staff will be involved in taking them around to enjoy their volunteer work with our organization and visit some of the community members to learn more about our culture and many things community members are involved in e.g tourist sites, hiking at some of our amazing mountains, swimming  and our famous Park for riding and relaxing over the weekends.But this will depend on the volunteers choice.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 20 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
at University or High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
should be a team player, innovative, able to learn, able to cope with events and situations.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Light of Hope Youth Initiative

The following are expected program expenses: airport pickup and drop off, food and drink, accommodation.

Airport Pickup at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

The volunteers pays for his/her air ticket, but we are responsible for the pick up fees of the volunteer from the airport.


Within/inside the Host home with electricity, reliable water supply, privacy and secured compound.

Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

The Host, shall provide a balanced diet of breakfast together with dinner.
Lunch is not provided by the Host as it is in the other daily expenditures fees.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. We assist you to find cheap flights to Kenya.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Kenya provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Kenya you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Kenya.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Volunteers may join us at any time of the year, although we do encourage early notification for preparation purposes especially accommodation. We have friends we work closely with and they will act as host homes. Where the volunteer will stay during there tenure. This will be facilitated with us to ensure the safety of the volunteers.

The volunteer is advised to use the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport based in Nairobi Kenya.The volunteer will be Picked By the Light Of Hope Youth Initiative Staff from the Airport.It is a 2 hours drive from the airport to our Offices.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 36 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 168
6 weeks
$ 252
8 weeks
$ 336
13 weeks
$ 455
14 weeks
$ 558
15 weeks
$ 627
19 weeks
$ 904
27 weeks
$ 1,456
36 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,303
Average fees
$ 53 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Light of Hope Youth Initiative will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Light of Hope Youth Initiative during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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