Children of the Rising Sun Orphanage

Volunteering Programme

Children of the Rising Sun are actively recruiting volunteers for our orphanage.

By joining up with our team here in Malindi, you can make a huge difference in the lives of these underprivileged children and change the world forever.

Many of the children that live under our roof have experienced severe poverty, neglect and abuse, and we need volunteers like yourself to help nurse these children back to full health, so they can eventually be reintroduced back into society.

Without us, hundreds more children would be abandoned on the streets and left starving without anyone to care for them. All we request from our volunteers is commitment to the cause and a sense of compassion. If you want to make a difference in the world, Children of the Rising Sun is the best place to do it.

We also welcome volunteers with skills and talents that can enrich the children’s lives, such as artistic, musical or sporting abilities.

As a volunteer at Children of the Rising Sun orphanage, some of the day-to-day tasks you’ll be involved with include:

  • Helping to improve children’s personal hygiene
  • Helping to improve children’s social skills
  • Helping to educate children in a variety of ways
  • Helping to instill discipline among children
  • Helping to teach children the skills they can benefit from in later life
  • Helping with chores around the home and preparing meals in the kitchen
  • Helping to teach lessons and create resources in our school
  • Assisting with ongoing maintenance/building projects.

If you’re interested in applying for a volunteer position at Children of the Rising Sun orphanage, you must be:

  • Available to stay with us for 2 or 3 weeks at a time
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Enthusiastic and motivated

Kindergarten

Kindergarten is the place where children first learn to read, write and learn all kinds of skills that can help them to grow and develop. Over the coming months, we’re hoping to construct a Kindergarten centre with several classes, a large playground, and a comfortable office for the teachers.

At our kindergarten, children will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities designed to help them make the adjustment to the school environment, and learn how to work well together in a group – acquiring vital listening skills and developing empathy.

Our kindergarten teachers will monitor each child’s progress during the year through classroom observation, periodic grade-appropriate testing, and one-on-one assessments. The information acquired through these assessments is used to construct each individual student’s progressive report card.

The development of fine motor skills in preparation for first grade is also an important part of kindergarten. In our educational facility, students will have many opportunities to learn how to use pencils, crayons, and scissors correctly and safely.

Background

The rapidly increasing population of Africa, coupled with the low resource base, has put significant pressure on social services in recent years. 40% of Kenyans live below the poverty line (with children constituting over 62%). Food is becoming extremely scarce, and many families are currently far too preoccupied with simply finding food and drink in order to survive, to spend time actively encouraging their children to enter education.

Since the HIV/AIDS pandemic started, the country has lost about 1 million people, leading to an estimated 2.3 million orphans. Approximately 14% of children in Kenya are orphans. Even if new HIV infections ceased today, the numbers of those infected are so high that the number of orphans is, tragically, likely to keep rising in the future.

There are all kinds of barriers to education for children in Africa, including costs of scholastic and basic requirements, costs of post primary schooling, disability, ill-health, early marriages, teenage pregnancy, household chores, and simply getting to school in the first place. As for the children who are in school, many of them fail to regularly attend classes.

The fact remains that we simply need far more institutions located within walking distance of deprived communities. Without them, vital change simply cannot happen.