Amani Village of Hope
Established on land given by his mother, Rev Kenneth Wachianga has developed a lovely settlement over recent years accommodating over one hundred orphans and vulnerable children of all ages needing love and support. Up to three volunteers can be accommodated, and will be assigned to one of the dedicated staff for their daily work programme. Depending on the skills that can be offered, there are opportunities for counselling, caring, teaching, nursing, basic educational training, bible study and Christian education.
Trained teachers can work part of the time in local schools and trained medical professionals could assist locally under supervision, however there are some government restrictions relating to volunteering on a tourist visa. Other useful skills would include construction, catering and agriculture.
Accommodation for a street boys rehabilitation centre is under way, providing opportunities for volunteers with experience in counselling and social work as many of the rescued street boys will have a background of addiction and may have suffered from abuse.
Amani is aiming to become more self sufficient through income generating projects. At present they grow a variety of crops, vegetables and fruits to assist with their daily feeding programme for over 100 children.
Amani Village of Hope also seeks to support local elderly widows and others in desperate poverty through home visits and an outreach programme, providing food supplies, basic needs and Christian love. There are opportunities for praying with the sick and sharing the gospel.
Volunteers can stay for up to six months on a Kenyan tourist visa. Each volunteer is provided with their own room. Electricity is usually available and there are basic washing facilities. Volunteers will be provided with 3 meals a day and there is clean drinking water available. Amani is located in a rural village but is only 10 minutes drive from a busy market town where most amenities are easily available and the nearest city Kisumu is 1 hour away. There is a variety of public transport options and many beautiful local attractions to enjoy during days off.
Christians Abroad staff visited this project in February 2017 to meet long term volunteer Chris Saunders and witnessed first hand the inspiring work taking place with the resident children, with street boys in Kisumu, Congolese refugees and abandoned babies.