Gender inequality continues to be a challenge in Kenya and it impacts not only women, but also their children and families for generations to come. However, community centers play an active role in enhancing the prospects of women by empowering and supporting them to become self sufficient.
You’ll be based in community centers in the neighborhood of Bamburi, providing support, mentoring, skills training and education for women needing help with small business management, financing and educational development. This helps to increase independence among women, which, in turn, allows them to better support their families.
Most women are involved in making a variety of handicrafts including baskets, sewing, tailoring and jewelry, and the things they make are then sold for income that helps them provide for their families. Volunteers who enjoy arts and crafts or have a background in managing finances or small business projects are perfectly suited to assist on this project.
As a volunteer, you’re encouraged to create training material on topics such as managing finances, vocational skills and building self-esteem to ensure future generations can continue to receive support and training. You can also help with childcare-related tasks, as some women bring their children to the center.
Please note the Women’s Education project in Mombasa has a one-off extra cost of US$100 (approximately CA$135) for the additional transport, supervision and logistics required. This will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you apply.Apply now