Cara Projects is an Irish-founded, internationally registered NGO (CHY18652/20071981) that works in Kenya, with a targeted focus on child protection. Through the Cara Girls Rescue Centre (CGRC), we strive to promote women's empowerment through vocational training, health promotion, education, gender equality, economic empowerment, and sustainable development. We are non-denominational and non-political organisation.
The main aim of our organisation is to provide support to disadvantaged mothers and children, and enable them to contribute to the development of their own communities and to the country as a whole.
Our volunteer program is suitable for any females who are thinking of volunteering in Africa and would like to get as much personal fulfilment from their trip as possible.
This type of volunteer program would also suit gap year students who would like to spend some time in volunteering in Africa, volunteering in a secure and friendly environment. The rift valley inhabited by the Masai people is virtually over the hill from our centre. We have many Masai friends in the valley and have a good rapport with these local people.
Volunteering in Kenya and working with young girls who are suffering from abuse, neglect, starvation or have been abandoned due to the abject poverty of their family, has proved to be very fulfilling for previous volunteers.
Volunteers are encouraged to get involved with all aspect of daily life at Cara. On a daily basis, volunteers play and interact with the girls, as well as assisting them with their chores or homework. There are many opportunities to help with gardening or farm work as the centre is home to a pigsty, fish ponds, chicken coop, greenhouse and vegetable crops. There are weekly counselling and social work sessions in which volunteers often take part in, along with any follow up home visits to monitor child progress. Additionally, volunteers assist staff to deliver advocacy and empowerment talks and workshops in local schools and the surrounding Maasai community, aiming to make a change to cultural attitudes towards harmful practices such as FGM and child marriage. There is something at CARA to suit every volunteer’s skills and interests!
Volunteers can live in one of our comfortable volunteer rooms that are adjacent to the centre.
Cara staff also offer packages for volunteers to enjoy tourist trips or safaris at an additional cost.
- Breakfast: black coffee, fruit, and bread.
- Lunch: rice, cereals, and vegetables.
- Supper: either ugali, chapati, or spaghetti, with as a side of meat, fish, or vegetables.
The funds raised by our volunteer package will be used to sustain and enhance the centre going forward.
- Pick up/drop off from JKIA is $35.
- Tours are dependent upon the nature of the tour; ranging mostly from $15 to $45.
- There are social activities available, such as beadwork with local Maasai women at $6 per session.
$15 goes to a food basket and $6 towards the bead-making.
Donations made for the kindergarten are very helpful, as the pupils are mostly from poor backgrounds and are in dire need of support.
We welcome any donations from volunteer, in particular funds, academic materials, craft materials, toiletries (toothpaste, sanitary towels etc.), and new underwear for ages 1 - 18.
Our staff works in:
- Social work.
- Child care.
- Outdoor work (gardening, pig care, poultry care, greenhouse management).
It is important to allow Cara Administration to manage the trip of volunteers and not other agencies when volunteer has come through Cara. This includes safari trips.
Since its conception in 2008, Cara has worked to reduce poverty, promote gender equality, and ensure sustainable development for a large number of mothers and children in Nairobi, Kenya. Cara has been involved in a number of different programs aimed at reducing poverty, improving the conditions of children living in children's homes, improving educational facilities, providing health care and education, and providing protection and rehabilitation of to disadvantaged people through CGRC. We have set objectives that contribute to the development of women and children, that in turn contributes towards the development of the community.
We are champions of foster care in Kenya, and it is because we believe that every child belongs in a family that we try our best to push for the exit of children from children homes, placing them back with their families or with foster care. For cases of sexually abused boys and girls, we try to place them in foster care homes and support them from there.