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JABEZ Foundation
  • Bungoma, Kenya
English, Swahili
Organization Description
The JABEZ Self Help Group (JABEZ Kenya) is set to provide a safe environment conducive to learning that enables growth academically, emotionally, socially and spiritually of all orphaned children regardless of race, religion, gender, tribal, ethnicity or other discriminating factors. It is also concerned with creating an environment that will ensure prevention activities and to improve the capacity of communities to cope with effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic using local resources through community initiatives. The Organization is based in Western Kenya East Africa.


There is a large population of people who have contracted HIV/AIDS or have already died, while other families often suffer even if only one parent dies while the children are still very young. The families consist of many children, an average of 5-10 children per wife in each family. Therefore when the parents die the children becomes orphaned to due to in ability to care and support themselves economically. This in the ends up living in the streets in the nearest town. The streets leads the children begging for food,clothes,and sniffing glue to warm their bodies in the colder areas of the country. It later results in to crime as means of getting food and clothing. The children need rehabilitation them in a daycare center, food clothing,counseling,spiritual nourishment in order to compete with their peers when they enter in to job market and at the same time learning how to adapt life without parents while being made to feel an important member of the society and the productive part.

We also running a long-term project aiming on HIV surveillance. Specifically, our work is about screening and counseling HIV/AIDS, making follow-up visits on HIV victims and monitoring HIV/AIDS such as CD4+ T-cell counts/fraction, HIV viral load as well as the compliance of HAART,free medical camps, stigma awareness campaign. All activities are conducted by certified doctors, HIV/AIDS Testing and Counseling (HTC) providers and community health volunteers under the supervision of county health ministry.


There is a need to have a well-established center which will take care of the orphaned children.

JABEZ hopes to provide a place for the children to reside as well as learn employment trades in order to become self-reliant by the time they leave the academy. - The Jabez strongly rely on well-wishers, donors, churches, government support and fundraising to get more land bought, building and farming project. The center will start small with a few-self-sustaining projects then as more children reside at the center and the more money making projects it has, the center will remain completely a non-profit organisation.


1. To Offer services regardless of tribe, race, religion etc.
2. To Counsel and provide emotional needs for each child as well as drugs addictions.
3. To supply adequate clothes, food, education and a place to stay and teaching them living skills and other additional training specific needs and disabilities.
4. To provide formal education as well as some traditional excluding any tribal traditions due to discrimination of certain tribes and harmful practice. This will slowly integrate them back in to the society properly.
5. Provide a safe environment conducive to learning that enables growth academically, socially and spiritually. We shall expose them to God during worship services and daily prayers.


- We are steward and value people's life.
- We are partners and solidarity with people living HIV/AIDS, widows, orphans and widowers.
- Fairness, justice and equity and respects for the rights of women and children. -Participation and inclusion, courage of conviction.
- Integrity, honesty, transparency and accountability.
- Committed to the poor and the marginalized.


- Land and building $50,000 Food and clothing and medication for 100 children $13,000
- Salaries and wages per month $10,000
- Transportation of children/HIV/AIDS patients to the center and hospital (Mini Van/4x4 Vehicle) $38,000
- Education from the children it will depend on where they want to go per child $10,000

We are also currently operating five mobile clinics each month in remote, rural communities from which travel to the nearest regular medical facility is difficult. On an average one-day clinic we see upwards of 200 patients. Many have chronic conditions with osteoporosis and osteomyelitis being common. Wounds are also a regular as are tropical children's conditions such as black water fever, typhoid, malaria, as well as scabies, ringworm etc. In addition I run five clinics each month for victims of torture -obviously largely trauma patients. These are held in the areas around our Western Kenya base. We also work at the local district hospital, and Three times a week we assess patients for HIV/AIDS and provide access to VCTs and to ARVs where appropriate. We supervise about ten teams of home-based care volunteers and also run training weeks for new volunteers. In addition we visit schools, youth groups, community groups and churches with HIV/AIDS awareness presentations. At present we are also leading training seminars for medical staff on ARV treatment. When staffing levels permit, we also offer free health checks for pupils at local primary schools (ages 6 to 14). This month, for example, we aim to visit just one school, but it has 1200 pupils. Outside the strictly medical area, we assist with OVC programmes and nutrition/PMTCT projects. An average day begins at 0600 and we get home around 1900. We travel by a hired 4x4 as our clinics are quite remote. It costs around $1680 US to live well here per Month this is $420 per week, including accommodation! This excludes the local nightclub and brew! We charge a program fee of $850. The cost of getting to us from either Kampala or Nairobi is about $350 round trip. It would be good to have you join us for a few weeks/months/years. You'll certainly see things you will not experience in anywhere/place. We supervise about 30 teams of home-based care volunteers and also run training weeks for new volunteers. In addition we visit schools, youth groups, community groups and churches with HIV/AIDS awareness presentations. At present we offer :
- HIV/AIDS Awareness in schools and youth groups
- Home-based care of HIV infected and affected people
- Mobile clinics in remote, rural communities
- Development of high-income cash crops, Micro-enterprise groups, Provision of healthcare, education and daycare centres for orphaned and vulnerable children
- Assistance for widows and street dwellers
- Patient advocacy in local hospitals
- Alternative income projects for those involved in brewing illicit alcohol, as part of a broader campaign against alcoholism, and
- Gender equality programmes.


Medical Internships (Primary healthcare and Tropical medicine) Rural business development specialists Pre-med placements Agriculturalists Teachers (primary and secondary) in ESL and science in particular lay volunteers to help with administration and ancillary clinical work Any persons willing to give schools presentations or to work as patient helpers in hospitals.

Placements are ideally for a minimum of three months (with two weeks off mid-placement for independent travel in Kenya). However, we will consider well qualified volunteers for periods as short as four weeks. Most volunteer placements are for periods under six months, but some can be for up to two years. As the project works year-round, volunteers are accepted at any time subject to space being available. Placements are at the JABEZ base in Bungoma, with community groups or Nairobi Base. All volunteers work in the community. There is no language requirement other than a need to be able to communicate in English. Accommodation is in African-style houses, in rural areas is often more basic or in a modern home stay placement with room, bathroom and Toilet. Bungoma is a substantial town with a reasonable range of stores and eating places. Kakamega, Busia, Webuye and Malaba also offer some scope for shopping. Otherwise, most Western volunteers will find some of their needs hard to fill in the smaller market centers. Food and accommodation is provided for a basic cost of $420.00 (or the equivalent Kshs 42000) per week. However, Kenya wins no prizes for gastronomy and many volunteers occasionally find need for a "big city fix" in terms of a pizza or burger in one of the two main cities within two hours’ drive – Eldoret or Kisumu. Help is offered to obtain an appropriate visa and airport pick-up is free from either Kisumu or Eldoret airports, which are connected by daily flights to Nairobi International. Pick-up from Nairobi is arranged, but costs about $350.00. Every volunteer is linked to an established expert and to a local family. JABEZ does charge its volunteers anything to participate in its programmes. However, we do not pay salaries either. The costs with which we invite volunteers to assist are any of the following: · Helping to buy fuel for project vehicles when serving the community · Purchase of pharmaceuticals available easily at the volunteer’s home · Provision of old, serviceable equipment not currently needed at the volunteer’s school, hospital or place of work ETC We estimate that a volunteer needs about $420 per Week to live comfortably whilst working with us, including accommodation, food, project assistance, and spending money. This excludes travel costs beyond Western Kenya.

Initial expressions of interest should be addressed to Joyce and should include the following information:
- Name, address, email address
- Age
- Type of work volunteer wants to do
- Qualifications to do that work
- Experience, if any, of Africa or of work in any other developing economy
- Length of time volunteer is available and when In case of medical students or interns,

Kindly also include:
- Medical/clinical specialty
- Where studying (if applicable)
- Is this placement regarded by your med school as part of your clinical placement or rotation?
- Would our Clinical Director be expected to provide a report of your work here? In case of teachers:
- How long have you taught?
- What is the largest class you have taught on a regular basis?
- What grades do you teach?
- What subjects do you teach if you have a strong religious belief it would be useful to know what it is, as Western Kenya is a heavily church-going community, with a significant Islamic minority?

Finally, remember Western Kenya is one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s poorest regions. Infrastructure is very poor. The average rural family earns under $3 per month. Consequently, be patient. Internet access is patchy, at best. We’ll get back to you just as soon as we can, but it likely will not be as quickly as you would like. Hope to hear from you.
Childcare / Children, Education, Health / Medical
Skills Needed
Computer Skills, Fundraising, Marketing & Communication , Medical Doctors, Nurses, Networking
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$420 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Volunteer Hostel
  • Homestay
  • Local Transport
  • Internet

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Airport-Pickup-and-Drop-Off
Benson Alakonya Keya
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