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Sigomere Physically Challenged Children Project


From June, 21st to July, 04th


Siaya County

Short-term volunteering


Sigomere Small Home for the Physically Challenged Children was established in 1996 by a Mill Hill nun with Rt. Rev Zachaeus Okoth, Bishop of Kisumu diocese and the community. The purpose of its establishment was to provide basic needs such as accommodation, food, shelter and health care for disabled people within the surrounding communities. The project was initially started at Rang’ala and it received many people with disabilities. The community at Sigomere then donated land for construction of the facility. The project has been supporting more than 200 people who are physically and mentality challenged thus enabling them to overcome their physical limitations and empower them socially and economically to become self-reliant and fully integrated members of their communities.


Currently the home hosts 52 children and youth of which 28 are males 24 are females. The children and the youth in the home are aged between 3-25 years. The home hosts 35 children and youth who live at the small home while 17 live at their respective homes. The home also has primary and vocational training institution which is located within and close to the centre where they get basic education and skills thus making them to be reliable members of the society. The vocational training provides skills like tailoring and carpentry mainly to those who fail to complete their schooling.


Volunteers will be involved in the following activities:

  • Assisting in teaching English, Mathematics, Social Sciences and creative arts

  • Sewing, beadwork and crocheting and general activities.

  • Provision of nursing services and general health education.

  • Playing games with the physically challenged people.

  • Teaching of computer lessons and packages.

  • Offering guidance and counseling to the youth and children

  • Care giving services such as preparation of meals, assisting the kids with mobility and general cleaning of the home

  • Physiotherapy sessions which includes physical assessment of range of movement and manual muscle strength testing.

  • Farm work which includes weeding, planting of variety of crops and harvesting

  • Supporting early childhood development through age appropriate games & activities



Volunteers will be hosted in the institution for the whole duration of the project. They will prepare and share meals together.


Volunteers need to carry cameras, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, guidebook, warm clothes, a sleeping mat, sleeping bag and mosquito net.

Orientation will begin in the morning of the 20th of June 2023 at KVSO offices or hostels. Volunteers will be picked up from accommodation and taken to the orientation which will be conducted by our local staff in Nairobi.


It will cover everything they need to know about the project placement. During this orientation, volunteers will receive an introduction to the project, an introduction to Kenyan customs, language and expectations, safety and travel opportunities in Kenya. The orientation will also give them a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.


Most of the free time will be spent sharing culture and friendship with local community members and the other volunteers on the project. There will be an opportunity to visit a local market, attend church, play soccer and participate in other community activities. Games like chess, playing cards and musical instruments are welcomed.

Volunteers will also 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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