Dream Achievers Youth Organization
Dream Achievers Youth Organization (DAYO) was established in May 2005 as a non-profitable and nonpolitical community based organization by a group of young volunteers who wanted to mitigate challenges among young people through community theatre as a participatory strategy of disseminating, educating and informing the community on issues of adolescence sexual and reproductive health, human rights, child right and sexuality with a focus on youths so that they can protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies, drug abuse and HIV/AIDS among other issues. We envision being a leading youth friendly organization in the region, thereby creating a responsible and empowered youth.
DAYO Volunteers activities:
WOMEN ‘S EDUCATION PROGRAM
COMMUNITY THEATRE OUTREACHES
Costs & Benefits
In many African countries such as Kenya, HIV/AIDS is one of the biggest challenges facing young people today by causing deaths of thousands of people each and every year. In a bid to address this global pandemic, many hospitals and local NGOS are presently running HIV/AIDS testing and counselling and awareness campaign in Kenya.
Our HIV/AIDS Volunteer program is aimed at providing care and support to the people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAS) and also creating awareness to vulnerable groups on the effects of HIV/AIDS through community open outreach programs, peer education in schools, one on one talks, forums, trainings and workshops. Our programs are organized in collaboration with the relevant government ministries, local NGOS, community based organization and youth initiatives who are working very closely with the communities.
Due to the high incidences of poverty and illness, orphanages can host between 50-300 vulnerable children at any one time and there is always a high demand for more volunteer assistance in Kenya. Volunteers who work in an orphanage help in general work and chores. This work could range from cooking, cleaning to farm work, caring for children, assisting with feeding program and baby class.
Volunteers are placed in community schools, public schools and orphanage schools. Many of this schools we work with are constantly understaffed and are always in dire need of volunteers who could assist in filling up the void. In this program volunteers can work by themselves or alongside other teachers and volunteers, typically subjects taught include; English, mathematics, science, social studies, art and craft and physical education.
Schools in Kenya run for a period of three terms a year as follows:
Term One: January to March
Term Two: May to July
Term Three: September to November
There are short breaks between these terms in the month of April, August and December during which volunteers can take a break to travel, engage in tourist activities such as safari, take tutorials for senior students or participate in another placement organization. NB: volunteers do not need to be qualified or experienced in teaching practice.
WOMEN ‘S EDUCATION Program
This program began in response to Canadian volunteers at schools taking notice of young women who could miss up to a week of class each month due to lack of sanitary supplies, sex education and reproductive health issues.
In a bid to address issues affecting young women, dream achievers youth organization initiated the gender mainstreaming program that focuses on empowering women to end poverty in their own struggles mainly through providing sanitary supplies and sex education with regards to HIV/AIDS.
This is because Gender based violence is one of the key human rights violations in Kenya that continue to tear lives of innocent women and children apart. As an organization we strongly feel that if these problems are not addressed to satisfaction, then the prevalence rate is going to increase drastically.
Outreaches Community theatre outreaches, we do community health program in which we use theatre to educate the community in various issues such as adolescence, sexual and reproductive health, human rights, child rights and sexuality with a focus on youths and women so that they can protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies, drug abuse and HIV/AIDS among other issues.
Volunteers expected to spend 6 hours at the project per day and will work from Monday to Friday. Saturday and Sunday volunteer will visit beach and other place for free in company with other local volunteers.
General Health Tips for Volunteer in Kenya:
In most of Kenya, drinking water is very safe. However, in rural areas, drink only bottled, boiled water or carbonated drinks out of cans and bottles. In the beach, tap water is not considered clean.
Buy bottled water from proper outlets. Be wary of fake bottled water which are available everywhere. Always make sure the seal is not broken and the cap not tampered.
Avoid eating food from road-side stalls. Eat unpeeled fruits and avoid fresh salads, especially in small hotels. If you are compelled to eat food at some place that you have doubts about, make sure the food is served hot.
If you require any prescription drugs, bring enough for the duration of your stay in Kenya. They will need to be carried in their original prescription bottle and the prescription must be in your name.
Volunteer service can range from 2 week to 6 months. Program fees vary based on the length of the volunteer placement/assignment: The cost will cater for volunteer fee, housing, food, project donations and transport from Nairobi to Mombasa.
Two weeks-350 USD
One month-700 USD
Dream Achievers Youth Organization will manage your accommodation, meal and supervision at the heart of the city in Mombasa. This enables our volunteers an easy access to all parts of the city.
Volunteers will initially stay in the hostel before being transferred to the project site. During the volunteering period, you will stay with a host family and you’ll be provided with a separate room. The host family will serve three (3) typical meals a day. Volunteers working in an orphanage will stay inside the orphanage’s compound. You can find the details of the meals and accommodations in your placement sheets.
The skill needed for volunteers are community development & social work, community health workers, teachers, doctors, fundraisers and those who can work at the orphanage home, addition to that one must be over 18 years and should be good in English and must be read to work under minimum supervision.
Volunteers coming to Kenya are suggested to arrive one day before the start of program. If volunteers arrive more than a day earlier or remain after the close of their program, they will be responsible for providing their own accommodation and meal.
Dream Achievers Youth Organization
P.O BOX 1206-80117, Mtopanga,
Tel: +254 729161719/ +254 729465303
Location: Mombasa Kenya
Average cost per day: $25
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, Professional Qualifications, see requirements