The EU Aid Volunteer is going to work in the community groups, schools... and reinforce them in the field of awareness raising and education in Kenya by teaching relevant skills to the COMMUNITY on nutrition. The volunteer will work with local health centres to help local nurses on educating pregnant mothers , breastfeeding mothers and mothers with children on better balance diet and maximising local nutritious food which are cheap. In the event this people also avoid food supplements that would boost their system hence good nutrition.
Expected results/objectives: Reduce cases of malnutrition cases in shianda with both social, economic and environmental wellbeing.
To ensure building resilience in the Shianda community regarding the HIV/AIDS effects and nutrition-related issues and diseases to prevent the food security and disease outbreak related humanitarian crises in the future
The expected results and objectives are to raise the overall general awareness on the malnutrition issues and malnutrition related cases, to support the people affected by HIV/AIDS regarding the nutrition issues to improve their life quality and life expectance for them to continue with both social, economic and environmental wellbeing and to ensure building resilience in the Shianda community regarding the HIV/AIDS effects and nutrition-related issues and diseases to prevent the food security and disease outbreak related to possible humanitarian crises in the future.
In Wefoco, there is one part-time employee – a director – and one person employed to provide the computer services at the office, all others are local volunteers, including the 2 women who have worked for several years as the school link activities coordinators. This is an interesting position in a grassroot organisation in rural Africa with various and diverse opportunities to independently plan and conduct the health activities in rural settings.
The EU Aid Volunteer will stay in the village, where living conditions are basic and privacy can be limited as people are interested in the activities, in addition the choice of food is limited. There will be several other long-term volunteers staying for the same period.
Western Focus Community Organisation (Wefoco) is a community based organization (CBO) in Shianda in Western Kenya that was started in 2004 as a self-help group and later registered as a community based organization in 2009. Wefoco consists mostly of 26 women’s groups in several areas and is focused on orphans, families suffering because on HIV/AIDS and generating incomes of those in need. Additionally, Wefoco has initiated also a cooperative in order to support the community people in joint agriculture, currently cooperative has over 300 members who grow maize, vegetables, chicken, fish etc.
Wefoco's mission is to develop sustainable community based initiative that promotes welfare of community people and Wefoco's vision is through its activities directly or indirectly reach to every vulnerable child in the community.
Our approach consist of work in the following fields: education, HIV and AIDS campaign awareness, Income generating activities, Capacity building activities, Gender inequality.
Operational details & security context
The EU Aid Volunteer will work in Mumias East subcounty, in 3 wards and 8 locations, which are in the village, consisting of Wefoco group members, as it will be indicated in the work plan made on arrival of the EU Aid Volunteer. The EU Aid Volunteer will be working 5 days per week and will have 2 holiday days per month. The mode of transportation that the EU Aid Volunteer will use in the village is motorbikes or walking short distances. Motorbikes are ideal mode of transports especially in the interior village however care must be taken where the routes are not well maintained. Shianda area experiences heavy rain from March to June and also from September to October. During this period, volunteers are advised always to ask for safe routes since some of the roads becomes almost impassable when it rains heavily. They are also advised to finish their activities early in the afternoon since most afternoons programmes are hindered by onset of rain. By the help of group leaders, the volunteers will be able to organise meetings for them with members.
The EU Aid Volunteer will be oriented on aspects of security, though in Shianda generally the security status has always been favourable and not hostile. This is not to say that we don’t have unfortunate cases but however volunteers should always be aware of the possibility of such incidents and have office contacts for efficient communication in case of any. Volunteers are also advised to have knowhow of the current laws, by-laws, and rights to avoid issues with the local authority.
Shianda is situated in equatorial tropical climate, region which is prone to tropical diseases such as Malarial and typhoid. For this case, volunteers are advised to seek for anti-malaria medication, vaccination and other related conditions according to their health history.
School link teachers will organise school talks by the EU Aid Volunteer on nutrition.
The hosting organisation has developed security management plan, health and safety policy and a security briefing that are updated regularly. These documents and briefing will be shared with the volunteer at the beginning of the project.