Children: Care and Feeding
The programs below have specific orphan and vulnerable children programs designed to ease the hardships of those affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty. Working in feeding programs, providing medical care, reading to and educating children can be the most rewarding work a volunteer does. Please note: Children are integral to village life so every program offers the opportunity to work and play with children.
Visit each country for volunteer programs that serve the needs of children.
Common Ground for Africa (CGA) has numerous and effective programs at work to mitigate poverty, the single largest threat to human well-being and social stability in Kenya. As a volunteer, you’ll have an incredible range of opportunities from working at Pathfinder Academy to promoting public health/clean water awareness at the ceramic water filter facility to working with women in business development and organic farming trainings.
Mama Maria Hospital and Clinic (MMH) provides healthcare to under-served communities in Kenya through an essential package of health services offering basic ambulatory and inpatient care, prenatal and maternal care, immunizations, pediatric care, and emergency transport. Medical professionals and students have an extraordinary opportunity to work side by side at this wonderful health care facility that is driven to provide access to fair, affordable, and quality healthcare, using systems built on operational excellence. To learn more about the Founder, Peter Kithene, take a look at this inspiring video honoring him with a CNN World Hero Award and his award with the University of Washington Alumni.
Mama Na Dada Africa (MnD) empowers girls and women through education so they can gain social and financial independence and escape the prevalent consequences of gender discrimination. This is an immersion program opportunity that allows volunteers to participate in a wide range of diverse community enriching activities.
Namunyak Maasai Welfare (NMW) alleviates the harshest conditions for the most marginalized individuals in Maasai communities by creating access to education, public health practices, micro finance opportunities and organic farming training. Your volunteer experience will expose you to a variety of social services including primary education, working with special needs children, economic development with women and building and construction projects.
Sister Freda’s Foundation (SFF) provides hospital and clinic services, a nursing school as well as free community outreach health care clinics and in local slums, refugee camps and rural villages without access to health care. SFF provides a clinic for counseling for HIV/AIDS patients and they operate a daycare/feeding program. Sister Freda seeks volunteers with both medical and non-medical experience to work in the hospital and clinics and with the children.
Atorkor Development Foundation (ADF) is a community-based organization that seeks to transform Atorkor village into a self-sustaining community through economic development, adequate healthcare, well-equipped schools, a vocational center, and communication facilities for all. Volunteers will be able to work in all aspects of community life as well as be immersed in a cultural community where dancing and drumming instructions can be integrated into your time in Ghana.
Ryvanz-Mia Children’s Home is a home in Kpando Village, of Volta Region that provides disadvantaged children with proper nurture, nutrition, shelter, clothing, medical care, and education. The orphanage cares for children without parents, promotes early childhood development, and trains children to become responsible and useful citizen in their communities.
Coorg Organization of Rural Development (CORD) is committed to community development in the Southern part of Karnataka State in India. The organization is sensitive to the social segregation, economic exploitation and cultural alienation of the poor. As a volunteer, you will be immersed in the culture of the indigenous tribes with whom you work.
New Light is a secular nonprofit charitable trust that has a night-shelter to protect and educate young girls, children and women at high risk through safe shelters, educational opportunities, recreational facilities, health care and legal aid. You must be female to volunteer with New Light. As a volunteer, you have the potential to provide a variety of much needed services such as teaching, nursing, performance artistry and construction of a hospital.
Mountain View Eco Farm (MVEF) is committed to the research, development, and the promotion of sustainable agricultural training and community development. Their goal is to train youth in ecological farming to promote organic/sustainable farming as an important aspect of our survival and livihood. The opportunity to work with children at the local school, at the clinic and on the permaculture farm is an experience that is holistic and with the nicest people you will ever meet.