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Makuyu Education Initiative

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  • Makuyu, Kenya
English, Swahili
Organization Description
The Makuyu Education Initiative (MEI) is an American based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. MEI began operations in July 2011 in Makuyu, Kenya. The mission of the Makuyu Education Centre is to provide underprivileged children with an opportunity to escape the vicious cycle of poverty by fighting malnutrition and other obstacles that can deter them from reaching their full potential. Many children in our program are orphans or have single mothers who are struggling to provide for their families. The Makuyu Education Initiative is a children's home, where the children are taken care of and sponsored to go to a local school. In addition, the children have access to healthcare, nutritious meals, tutoring, and other essentials aimed at improving their lives. If you decide to volunteer at the Makuyu Education Centre, you will have a lot of flexibility in deciding how to help make improvements. Volunteers in the past have taken the children to the hospital for routine health check-ups, worked on upgrading the curriculum, painted the school and made bookshelves, discovered more about the backgrounds of the children, took pictures and videos for fundraising initiatives, and completed a variety of other tasks.
Childcare / Children, Education
Skills Needed
Good with children, Basic English
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 1 week
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$0 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Homestay

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Volunteer-Hostel, Local-Transport, Airport-Pickup-and-Drop-Off, Internet
Pavel Sukhobok
Makuyu Education Initiative Average Ratings
It was my first time volunteering to Kenya. Makuyu Education Initiative staff met me in the airport, and supported me through my whole volunteering time. The founder of MEI, Pavel, was always in touch with me. He is very helpful, and I had a great volunteer experience due to his support. Children in the children's home are amazing. They are smart, funny, and enjoy being active. Food and accommodation were good too. Also, in my spare time I went to Safari, and it was incredible. I enjoyed being a part of Makuyu Education Initiative!