Hakuna Matata - THE song that shaped our childhood - thanks to Mr. Walt Disney and his animated cartoon of The Lion King. We know the meaning of the words right away from the feeling we get from Timon and Pumbaa’s carefree song and dance. Hakuna Matata perfectly describes the lifestyle of Kenyans. In Swahili, the official language of Kenya, it could be translated as, "There are no worries/difficulties."
Numerous national parks can be found in Kenya and the country provides environmental sustainability and well-developed industry and agriculture. It seems almost paradoxical that despite government efforts, the Kenyans are struggling with poverty especially in the rural areas.
The suburbs of Nairobi give you the opportunity to engage in different social projects. For one, you can help the street children project that gives former street children the opportunity to be settled again. Some of the children and young people live in the home where they receive regular meals, medical care and clothing.
For all volunteers who want to offer a helping hand to people with limitations, the following project in Sikri provides a very special opportunity. You support the visually impaired and deaf during their training in the areas of agriculture and animal husbandry. On the field, you show them, among other things, how to harvest, control weeds and teach them about the watering systems. On the animal farm you help them feed and care for the animals.
Because of industrialization, poaching and displacement from their natural habitat some giraffes species are close to extinction. The Rothschilds's giraffe is one of the most endangered species and can only hope for the help of their biggest enemy: humans. In the refuge station which is located south of the capital Nairobi some Rothschild's giraffes are kept species-appropriate and protected. Volunteers in the giraffe center will support the team with the following tasks:
- cooking food
- general animal care
- guiding visitors and educate them about the life and behavior of giraffes
- support the veterinarians depending on your previous experience in the field of animal welfare and animal medicine
Through this project, a hospital is supported near Eldoret. In general, volunteers help the doctors, dentists and clinicians in their daily work. Tasks include:
- the dressing of wounds
- the writing of health reports
- moral support for patients
- giving injections
- issuing Medicine
- give first aid to patients with minor injuries