Community Health Volunteers

Project Name: Community Health Volunteers

Code: VACK/STV-11/2016

Region: Kakamega County

Duration: 6th to 25th November 2016

aids awareness programme, volunteers and communityProject Overview

Community Health Volunteers (CHV) was established to create awareness to the residents on HIV/AIDS, as well as on issues of sexual and reproductive health. CHV is also actively involved in jigger eradication campaigns in the community. In addition, CHV educates the local community about the conservation of Kakamega Rainforest and its fragile ecosystem. The forest is the home to many unique and rare animal and plant species but the increasing high human population has exerted negative pressures to the forest, e.g. illegal logging, charcoal burning, cattle grazing, harvest of medicinal plants and general clearing of the forest for agriculture. CHV involves the community in its preservation, ensuring the forest is cherished as a healthy, unique and diverse ecosystem for the future generations.

Workcamp Activities    

  • Sport activities with the local schools and youth
  • Home visit within the community
  • Door-to-door jigger eradication campaign
  • HIV/AIDS home-based care program
  • School outreach programs; Awareness creation in the community on sexual and reproductive health
  • Rehabilitation and conservation of Kakamega Forest through the establishment of tree nurseries; Kiswahili classes

Accommodation and Food

Volunteers will be hosted at the project. You will need to have a sleeping bag and mat.

Food is provided from what is locally available and the volunteers will share in the responsibility of preparing the food.

Meeting Point and orientation

All volunteers taking part in this project will be picked from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and stay in Nairobi before departing to the project. Orientation will take place on the 5th of November 2016 at the VACK Office in Buruburu, Nairobi.

Number of volunteers: Maximum of 15