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Hope for Victoria Children Project


From June, 10th to June, 30th

Education / Culture


Short-term volunteering


Hope for Victoria Children (HOVIC) was established in 2003. HOVIC aims at improving the quality of life of street children and those in the hidden sector whose rights have been rampantly abused, suffering malnutrition, harassment and missing out on education. HOVIC has since implemented programmes to address these ills, and has learnt over the years that long-term sustainable impact on street children’s lives is best cultivated from their communities. After years of reflection, HOVIC’s strategic direction has shifted with greater emphasis on empowering vulnerable children and their communities to create long-term sustainable change, through short term rehabilitation activities, reunification, and foster family economic support.

HOVIC has addressed needs and challenges experienced by children living and working on the streets of Kisumu city, including vocational training facilities and workshops for apprenticeships. So far HOVIC has supported more than 500 children with an average of 100 children on a daily basis accessing its services (health and hygiene care, non-formal education, vocational training, child psycho-social counselling etc.) at its day centre in Kisumu.


This project conducts streets visits to bring boys from the street into the programme. Likewise, it conducts visits into the hidden sector to rescue girls from child labour and early age commercial work. The rehabilitation process begins right from the streets, through counselling and psycho-social support. They include registration and case profile establishment, life skill (resilience training on various life issues), psycho-social support to children, their parents, guardians and families, home tracing and family conflict management.


HOVIC has a night shelter facility where all boys who want to transform their lives from the streets and drug use reside for a period between 3- 6 months depending on each child’s individual case.

Main work activities for the volunteers will be: teaching and training, sponsorship and scholastic material support, school based advocacy, on formal education, school visits and follow ups art (bead work, soapstone).






Volunteers will stay in the hostel or host family, Accommodations are very simple, there is running water, electricity and meals will be prepared by volunteers. Beds and Mattresses will be provided.

Volunteers are asked to carry; mosquito nets, sleeping bag, a pillow and water purifying tablets. Chess, playing and tents are necessary.

Orientation will begin in the morning of the 9th June 2023 at KVSO offices. Volunteers will be picked up from accommodation and taken to the orientation which will be conducted by KVSO staff in Nairobi.


Everything they need to know about the project placement will be covered. Volunteers will receive an introduction to the project and the placement, an introduction to Kenya and Luo land, Luo customs, routes, expectations, safety and travel opportunities in Kenya, as well as language training (Kiswahili).


The orientation will also give them a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

Volunteers will have the chance to discover Kakamega rain tropical forest for sunrise and sunset, different types of monkeys that are only found in Kakamega forest, Kisumu for boat ride, hippo search, bird watching and the famous ‘Crying stone’. Volunteers will also have the chance to visit the Lake Victoria in Kisumu City and to see the many islands of the lake.

380€ which include project work, housing, all meals, transport from the airport and to the project site, and 24 hours on side staff support.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

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