The WAGEGO project uses its grassroots foundation at the local community level to assist the children and widows. Through the farming efforts, jewellery handmade by the widows, and garnering financial support, WAGEGO pays for all the utilities and makes sure that the kids go to school. The organization’s strategy is to focus on meeting the everyday needs of its members to provide for the long-term development of the community.
Construction work, fundraising/grant writing, project management, agricultural work, general work, social work.
We provide meals and accommodation to our potential volunteers. However, due to the Kenyan economy, we humbly request volunteers to cost share the food expenses by paying $ 5 USD per Day.
Meals are provided.
The Tours or Out door activities such as hiking,bird watching,trips around the island,Visits to ancient rock art paintings/caves are not included in the fee and volunteers will have to cater for the tours.
WAGEGO is a word in Abasuba language and means “community” or “helping each other". Wagego Kenya works for a better future on Mfangano Island in the Kenyan part of Lake Victoria. Since 2012, we provide access to basic quality education, healthcare and economic empowerment for those affected by HIV/AIDS. An extraordinarily high percentage (30%) of the island's population is infected by HIV/AIDS, resulting in vulnerable children and widows struggling to get by. Most people work with fishing and subsistence farming and the average income is only between 1 - 5 USD per day.
This social project currently supports 20 vulnerable children and funds their education. Besides, it assists 15 widows who have lost their husbands due to HIV/AIDS disease with additional income. Financial means are used primarily to pay for school fees, books and necessary materials for the children, and to invest in projects through which the widows can generate additional income for themselves. Wagego also has regular contact with the children to look after their well being and performance in school and provide regular counselling, educational support and, when necessary, nutritional support to make sure they have the energy to study. Most of the children perform at the top of their class and have a bright future ahead, if they can only afford to stay in school!