These are videos of previous volunteer visits:
We warmly welcome groups from churches, schools, youth clubs, universities etc.
Visitors stay in the heart of the village at Casuarina or locally for 2 weeks, eating traditional African food.
Casuarina is equipped with showers and western toilets but is cold water only. Groups will need to bring their own sheets, pillow cases and towels. Groups pay locally for food and accommodation.
No smoking, drugs or alcohol are allowed on site.
We seek to tailor each visit to the skills and objectives of individual groups.
Eg. time can be spent:
Serving at the weekly Feed500 feeding programme
Helping run 500 Club
Digging / planting / painting at the Orphanage
Assisting at Celebration High School
Helping at Celebration Health Care
Young and old are welcome to experience all of the above as well as embarking on Christian outreach in the locality. There can be opportunities to witness door to door, to teach and preach, lead Bible studies and organise specific outreach Gospel events.
YWAM (the Christian organisation, Youth With A Mission) have stayed previously and several have visited from different churches in the UK.
Utange is a good place to practise putting one's faith into action. There are many poor, needy and suffering people who appreciate being prayed for. Experienced evangelists as well as those dipping their toe in the water for the first time have found the trips encouraging, rewarding and faith building.
Many students cannot afford to take a Gap Year these days but nevertheless want to have a "world experience”; somewhere they can go to volunteer and come away feeling they have made a difference. Volunteering with our projects will enable student groups to invest their time and skills into a needy place in Africa.
The experience can help give a wider perspective on the world’s neediest people and could broaden their understanding of how help can be provided.
Students have already found that their time in Utange has also proved helpful for writing personal statements and CV’s.
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For groups who would like to know more about visiting, please email email@example.com
It is important that all volunteers and visitors to the Orphans Project in Utange understand that they do so entirely at their own risk and must make their own travel and insurance arrangements.
The Utange Orphans Charity (UK Registered Charity no 1160637) is not involved in any way with arranging or managing trips to the Orphans Project. Volunteers and Visitors must make all arrangements direct with the Kenya based charity, The Sure Foundation Home for Orphans Project. This can be done via Debbie Scott-Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are opposed to "Orphanage Tourism".
The care and upbringing of the orphans at Casuarina House is the responsibility of local Kenyan full time professional staff who take the role of parents under the direction of ‘The Sure Foundation Home for Orphans Project, Utange’, a charity registered and operating in Kenya. Their ethos is that the children grow up in a loving and nurturing family environment provided by their staff through Christian values and education. Groups do not at any time take the place of the House Parents or staff and are never left alone or un-supervised with the children. The Feed500 programme, High School and Health Centre are also under the direction of the Kenyan charity and volunteers may assist with this under their supervision.