Joy vision children home was established in the year 2008. It all began by undertaking a feasibility study to determine and analyze the level of hopelessness amongst the orphans and vulnerable children living in its locality of interest.
Through the hard work of the management team of Joy vision and interested partners in conjunction with relevant Government Agencies, Joy vision children home started by rescuing very needy children by sheltering, clothing and giving daily care to about four children.
To date it has grown to be a home of 20 children besides 142 more who live with their guardians. Our staff has worked tirelessly around the clock supported by well-wishers and above all prayers to consistently giving hope and joy to these children.
After establishment joy vision management team developed an action plan detailing a wide range of programs to be undertaken in view of sustaining this home. Key among them was to facilitate a continued campaign of mobilizing basic requirements such as food, clothing and medication. An academic program for rescued children was also chartered. Together with our sponsors, donors in kind and volunteers.
How Joy Vision Helps
Giving Primary Care
Joy vision provides a safe and loving home, nutritious meals, and medical care to homeless children in the Marurui area, Roysambu Sub Location, Nairobi North District, Nairobi Province in Kenya. Joy vision's trained caregivers ensure that each child rescued from the streets is given love and attention as well as important life skills thus restoring hope in their lives. The children receive three healthy meals a day.
A typical meal of ugali, rice, vegetable and beans. Many children arrive at Joyvision unhealthy and malnourished due to poor feeding habits, poverty e.g. with good, nutritious food, they quickly become healthy and active. Medical care is an important service that Joyvision provides for the children.
The centre has a full time medical officer who oversees all the children's medical needs, from bandaging scrapes and bruises to treating more serious illnesses like malaria, TB and HIV. He gives weekly health lessons to the children on topics such as personal hygiene, STDs and nutrition. There's a real family atmosphere at Joyvision, with the older children taking care of the younger ones. Joyvision caregivers have created a cheerful, happy place that warmly welcomes children who have faced many hardships in their lives.
Since our goal is to develop responsible, well informed and self-reliant young adults, Joy vision is committed to providing education for each child we work with. Joyvision children are educated through a variety of programs. The centre supports children in local primary and secondary schools; it also has a trained E.C.D teacher who handles the young ones between the ages of 3-6 years.
Because of the often prohibitive expense of going to school majority of the children from Marurui area hardly complete primary school. We sponsor the education of children who live at Joyvision as well as the children who we have reunited with families in the community. Many children rescued from a life on the slums have missed considerable amounts of time in their education. It isn't an option to place them in classes with children their own age who have gone to school continuously.
Joyvision's Non-Formal Education Program provides children with a safe place to study and learn. The teachers at Joyvision have created a special fast-track curriculum that takes into consideration the unique needs of our kids. Finally, Joyvision is intends to support older children in vocational training programs. Children will learn skills that will unlock opportunities for their futures.
They may study carpentry, tailoring, hairdressing, computer packages and mechanics Our E.C.D teacher has the responsibility to educate the children who are 7years and below at the centre. There are no kindergartens around the area so the teacher remains with the young ones to take them through their early childhood education.
Counseling and Caregiving
Joyvision initiates a number of counseling programs for various groups such as women and youth groups as well as couples. The children also receive counseling once they are admitted at Joy Vision Childrens Home to help them heal from their past harsh environment and also to keep them morally upright.
However, the children are enhanced into the counseling regularly to help them have the freedom of expression, it enables the caregiver to know if there are any problems with other children or if there's anything they need, like a new pair of shoes or a toothbrush e.t.c.
Kenya has an estimated HIV infection rate of 8%. This means it's critical for every Kenyan to know how the virus is spread and how to avoid becoming infected. This is especially important for the Joy vision children and youth, many of whom have lost parents to HIV/AIDS.
Joyvision addresses this important issue with our kids through: Education: Joyvision medical officer holds health classes fortnightly through which he dispels common myths about HIV and equips students with facts. Health class also includes discussions about other important topics, such as hygiene, nutrition, and dental care. Testing and Counseling: As we discuss these issues openly in class, the nurse encourages children to get tested and emphasizes how important it is to know your HIV status.
When children voluntarily choose to be tested, he and another caregiver accompany them to the testing place, where the child also receives counseling. Treatment: If a child tests HIV+, Joy vision is committed to helping them live healthy, strong lives with equal opportunities that every other child at joy vision gets.
Sports and Play
All work and no play surely make Jack a dull boy, at the centre the children have many opportunities to learn and grow through numerous physical activities. Drumming, dancing, singing and poetry are the favorite pastimes.
The children are proud of their skills and love to perform in front of an audience. They also love playing soccer; Joy vision intends to start its own soccer team for the talented boys and girls.
Role of Volunteer
Volunteers play a vital and invaluable role to the lives of the children at the home; the children not only appreciate the company they get from them but also the time shared and the beautiful memories that will linger in them for a long time.
We at Joy vision welcome volunteers of all ages with different skills and expertise in any field to help put a life time smile on our children's face.
Once placed, a volunteer can decide to work in either of the departments i.e Cook for the children, feed them, teaching, tutoring, help with washing there cloths, moping the floor and even playing with children.
Requirements / Conditions
This volunteer placement is suitable for people from all walks and strips of life with an interest in fellow human beings plights and sufferings, someone willing to reach out and inspire hope where there might be none, someone with a niche to leave the world a better place than he/she found. The program would also suit groups of two to four volunteers with a common goal like fund raising to buy kitchen equipments or buy them food. Such groups of volunteers can also initiate projects like painting the home, buying more beddings, toys, books, medicine or even fund raise for our long term needs of buying a piece of land on which we intend to build a bigger and permanent home to accommodate more needy children.
We appreciate the diverse talent and skills each volunteer is endowed with and our wish is see them offering such service as volunteers in our orphanage home and make a difference in the lives of under privileged children.
Age: From 18 to 65
We provide boarding facilities to all our volunteers here in the home for all duration that one intend to stay.
You will fly into Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. You will be met on arrival by our local staff You will fly into Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Flights to Nairobi terminate at Jomo Kenyatta and it is the largest airport in Kenya.
Upon arrival you'll see our staff holding a sign with your names, (preffered option) assist you with your luggage to our car to get you on the road to our home.
Most visitors to Kenya need to obtain a visa (US$25) including Europeans, Americans and nationals from Commonwealth countries such as New Zealand, Canada, Australia, and the UK. Volunteers need to obtain a tourist visa to enter Kenya. Visas are valid for three months from the date of entry and can be purchased upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.