Help Care For Children
In The Slums Of Nairobi
Make a real difference in the local community
1st & 3rd Saturday
1st & 3rd Saturday
Kenya Childcare Volunteers
Experience the vibrant and bustling city of Nairobi whilst you embark on a hugely rewarding experience, caring for disadvantaged children in the slums of Eastlands Nairobi.
Working alongside the local staff and other volunteers, you will assist with providing a basic education, playing games and encouraging the development of children aged 2 to and 5 years old. The projects you will be helping on aim to provide a better and brighter future for children in the community who are currently living in poverty.
As a volunteer, you will become a big brother or sister, offering invaluable assistance and providing the care and love the children need. In return the warmth and affection the children show will be sure to put a smile on your face.
This is your chance to gain an understanding of what life is like in Nairobi and make a real difference in the local community. Along the way you will make lots of new friends and will see first hand the impact you can have on the lives of young children.
Nairobi Childcare Volunteering
Volunteering in Kenya has been an incredibly rewarding experience. The organisation's unwavering dedication to helping marginalised communities is truly inspiring. The team's passion, efficiency, and the tangible impact they create deserve nothing less than a 5-star rating. I feel privileged to c... Read More
Nairobi Childcare Volunteering
Volunteering in Kenya has been an incredibly rewarding experience. The organisation's unwavering dedication to helping marginalised communities is truly inspiring. The team's passion, efficiency, and the tangible impact they create deserve nothing less than a 5-star rating. I feel privileged to contribute to their noble cause and witness positive change in action whilst helping on the childcare programme.
Background to the childcare programme
Nairobi is the largest city in East Africa with a population of around 4.4 million. The bustling city is a hub for business, employment and tourists on their way to safari. However, the gap between the wealthy and the poor is huge.
Nairobi’s Eastlands is one of the worst affected areas with high levels of poverty and illness, leaving many children without the support and care they need. Without guidance and support from our projects and volunteers, many children would lack the basic everyday essentials that you and I take for granted.
Many families rely on the shelter the local schools and kindergartens provide - which is where you can help!
You will assist in giving the children the attention and care they deserve and which they can’t always get at home. You will help teach them basic lessons as well as sharing stories, providing basic care and playing games. But most importantly you will help provide a positive environment where they can grow and have fun!
Where will I be volunteering?
Safisha Africa school - Located in the suburb of Mowlem, Safisha Africa school is a Junior school that was set up in 2010 by a Kenyan teacher in response to the post election violence in 2007, which left many families broken and children without a home. The school is dedicated to provide free education, books, access to medical care, uniforms and lunch to children in the local area who need it. The school currently helps a total of 250 students ranging from ages 3 -16 years, most of whom are living in poverty.
Fortune Learners Centre - After his own experience as an orphan, the headmaster of this school decided to set up Fortune Learners Centre in 2013. His aim was to provide the same care he was given by offering free childcare and education to children in the local community - providing them an alternative way of life and a way out of poverty. The age of the children ranges from as young as 2 so you will be helping with basic care as well as playing games and helping the children learn. The school encourages alot of sports and even has their own football team, which you are welcome to get involved with!
Adkins preparatory and Kindergarten - After setting up a children’s home in the community, the headmaster recognised the need for affordable education for the many children in the township. In 2015 they opened Adkins preparatory to provide care and education to children and give them a chance at a better life. The school now holds 183 children from 3 -13 years old.
What is my role?
Your main role as a childcare volunteer will be to provide the support and care these children need. Class sizes may vary but there are usually around 20 children aged 2-5. Through games and activities you will help them grow in confidence and have fun, making their time at the centre a positive experience. You will assist in teaching basic subjects such as English, basic mathematics, drawing shapes and patterns, learning basic science and creative arts.
You’ll also be involved in providing general care such as assisting in preparation and serving of meals, nap time and playing games to help their development.
You will be working with a teacher throughout your programme and there will always be staff present to help and support you. We encourage you to get as involved as possible by helping with all of the day-to-day activities and offering any ideas you may have. Before long, you will find that you know the children and their routines well, forming bonds that will stay with you forever.
What will a typical day look like?
You will volunteer from Monday to Friday, generally between 8:00am and 15:00pm. All the schools are around a 15 - 20 minute drive from your accommodation via taxi or bus.
Although each day will be different, you will spend your time assisting on a mixture of games, activities and lessons. You will receive lunch at your programme around midday. During the afternoons, we recommend that volunteers come together to plan some activities for the following day.
After volunteering, you will still have plenty of time to relax at the volunteer house or explore Nairobi.
Where will I be staying?
During your time in Nairobi you will have an authentic Kenyan experience whilst staying within one of two of our volunteer houses in the suburb of Buru Buru. Learn more about the culture and lifestyle in Nairobi, whilst living within a safe, gated community with the local team.
Both of our volunteer houses are located within walking distance of each other, along with the main office, bus routes, shops and ATMs all being close by. You can spend your evenings exploring the vast and diverse capital, with the main city centre just a 25 minute ride away.
Other things to consider
Helping on multiple projects - Whilst in Kenya, you will have the opportunity to assist with all children, teaching and medical programmes as they are based within the same location.
Weekends and free time - You will have every weekend off from volunteering and this is the perfect time to explore everything this beautiful country has to offer. You are more than welcome to simply relax around the accommodation and enjoy the bustling city but most volunteers will use this time to travel and see the country. Under the Kenya page on our website, you will come across many suggestions and ideas on where you could go. Alternatively, if you are looking to see as much of the country as possible during this time, travel with other volunteers and be accompanied by a dedicated tour guide, then you may be interested in one or more of the organised weekend trips we run.
Resources and donations - Resources can be very limited on our programmes in Kenya and we would really appreciate any additional support that can be provided. It would be amazing if you could bring any materials associated with your project, including pens, paper, colouring books and anything else you think will aid your time on the programme.