Bridging the gap through experimental learning of local and international volunteers in rural Kenya.
Mafanikio School development programme is currently running in 2
schools in the counties of Makueni and Kilifi respectively. The schools
with a total number of 430 pupils are aimed at developing the infrastructures
of Seedlings Junior School in Malindi and Makuli primary school in Ukia. Mafanikio supports the two school with school feeding programme, teachers payment (seedlings) & learning materials. We have also introduced a goat rearing project in Makuli School.
Seedlings Junior School, Malindi
Seedlings Junior School is located in Malindi town, Kilifi County. It is approximately 2 hours from the city of Mombasa. Malindi is on the north coast of Kenya, a tourist destination that boasts of white sands beaches, unique features and historical sites. Seedling is within the township of Malindi.
Seedlings school caters for the poor slum children who are either orphans or from single parenthood. It has a total population of 180 children with 7 teachers respectively. Some of these teachers are paid by the community.
The school has semi permanent buildings mostly shacks which are not conducive for learning because of the dangers they pose especially during the rainy season. The school has poor infrastructure and lacks learning materials.
The volunteers shall live and work together with the local communities while promoting intercultural interaction. Some of the activities include;
Meals and Accommodation
The volunteers live with the host family where a private room is given and share meals and other facilities with the family. Drinking water is in plenty. There is running water and electricity. Some of the meals include;
Makuli Primary School
Makuli Primary is located in Ukia location, Makueni county, approxmately 2 hours from the city centre of Nairobi. It is in the semi arid area of the Makueni county which is from time to time affected adversely by drought and famine. The school has a total of 280 children with 9 teachers respectively.
The major challenge in this school is lack of teachers, learning materials and food. During the drought season, children go to school without food and are forced to miss classes. The project aims to address a sustainable project that shall support the school feeding programme and learning materials.
The project entails;
Just like in Malindi, the volunteer shall stay with a host family where they shall be provided with a private room and share the rest of the facilities with the host family together with the meals.
Makuli is in a remote area without electricity and running water.It is surrounded by scenic features and fresh air. It is ontop of the mountain close to Makuli forest.
There are various free time activities that ranges from hiking, mountain climbing to home visitings. This are mainly done in Makueni hills, Ngong Hills & Aberdare forest.
Home visiting - visiting households within the community is a way of social interaction and cultural integration. During orientations, they also get to visit the National Museum of Kenya. Once in a while concerts are organized in cities and volunteers get tickets to the concert, a fulfiling experience, it is.
Whilst at it, the volunteers get to do safari to Masai Mara and other national parks of interests. They also get to do marine park visit at the south coast while engaging in a warm culture of the Wasini Island community. Swimming with the dolphins, eating the swahili coastal dishes & coffee is a magical experience.
A room size to accommodate 2 persons,
Bathroom & Toilet
Beds with mattresses, bedding & mosquite nets
Table & chair
Sitting room with a TV set and a radio
Sufficient supply of water
Please note that the accommodation is mostly with the host family and the volunteer is guaranteed privacy. They share the rest of the facilities with the host family.
Breakfast including tea/coffee, bread with butter & jam, drinking water & assorted fruits & fruit juice
Lunch & Dinner comprise of locally available meals such as;
Chips/ potato wedges
Vegetarians are also taken care of and are encouraged to state their preferences in advance in order to organize.