Baraka technical college-orphans center

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Baraka Technical College -orphans center(BTC)

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Baraka Technical College

PO. Box 397-90119, Matuu,Kenya



Cell Phone: +254710808503


volunteer notes


Brotto francesco and Delfino Emanuela,
peace be with you,i here by write to inform you that you have both of you successfully qualified the position on of your application as volunteer in this center. we have reserved the opportunity for you and you are expected to arrive on or before 20/7/2010 to 25/8/2010.

In case of change please notify us immediately so that we will adjust our programmes,Hope you will enjoy to be in Kenya and in particularly in Baraka technical college-orphans center.
our representative will meet you at Jomo Kenyatta international airport and will display the name of our organization BARAKA TECHNICAL COLLEGE-ORPHANS CENTER and the mobile number will be on with our staff. Can i also request you to sent us a post card photo for easy identification possibly with your full face for quick identification.
some additional points to note.

Food and Water

All meals are provided by the organization as part of the program fee. The main staples of the diet are rice, beans, ugali (corn meal), potatoes, cabbage and bread (chapati). Fresh fruit and vegetables are readily available and are inexpensive to purchase.
The orphanage is vegetarian as a result of the cost of meat. Volunteers are encouraged to cook and to introduce different meals, for instance past volunteers have introduced pasta and French toast. There are always restaurants available in for Matuu–based or western-style meals (such as French fries/hot chips).
The water used by the orphanage is from a well and is very clean and safe to consume. We also get running/tap water twice a week. Bottled water is also available from Matuu



With regards to clothing, keep in mind that the local area is very dusty and is often hot and dry, even in rainy season. Volunteers should anticipate that clothe and footwear will become dirty quickly so we suggest durable outdoors clothes that will last your visit. Of course there are facilities to wash clothes and shoes as regularly as you wish.
Some suggested hints for clothes are:
- As the orphanage is in a conservative area, all volunteers should bring at least one pair of long pants or skirt as well as a shirt that covers your shoulders otherwise acceptable clothing includes singlet and knee-length skirts/shorts. Volunteers should understand that very short skirts and skimpy clothing will attract attention and we particularly advise that women volunteers limit the wear of bikini tops, halter necks, midriff tops and short skirts. However we also advice that male volunteers wear a shirt/singlet (i.e. not topless) and wear knee length shorts.
- At least two pair of shoes, including one pair of comfortable covered shoes or trainers and one pair of sandals or flip-flops.
- Sunhat to prevent sunburn (particularly for volunteers unused to strong sunlight).
- During rainy season, the nights and mornings can get cool. We suggest that volunteers bring light jumpers or pullovers to layer clothing (rather than thick jumpers etc).

Cost and Payment

The volunteer program costs US$70 per week to cover the cost of your accommodation, food and water, as well as the orphanage projects. We usually ask that volunteers pay for the total cost of their placement (i.e. number of weeks x US$70) upon arrival in Kenya. For volunteers staying longer than three months, we are able to accept payment in instalments (please ask for further details).

For volunteers that have paid a deposit prior to their arrival, this amount is credited towards the cost of their stay.

The preferred method of payment is cash (payable on first arrival). For volunteers wanting to pay through credit or debit card, we have Pay Pal available on our website for online payments at least a week b Or Mpesa us through a number on our web site before arrival.

Please be aware that we are unable to accept international cheques.

Airport Transfers and Orientation

Baraka representative will meet you at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (airport code: NBO) in Nairobi, and accompany you to the orphanage the same day if you arrive before 5:00 PM. If you arrive after 5:00 PM, we recommend that volunteers stay at a hotel in Nairobi, and proceed to the orphanage the next day accompanied by our staff. We are able to assist with arranging accommodation that would cost US$25 single bed & breakfast.
Upon arrival at center, we provide you with an orientation to enable you to become acquainted with the local culture, language and the orphanage. This orientation will include meeting staff at the center a tour of the local area, discussion of the volunteer role, recent changes at the center and current plans/developments at the center, etc.
On departure, volunteer will be accompanied by BCF representative to the airport.



It is important for volunteers to understand that the culture in Kenya may be quite different to what they may be accustomed to. Volunteers should bring with them an easy-going, open-minded and relaxed attitude. Kenyan people are very friendly and social people. While we will endeavour to maintain a daily routine, volunteers should understand that things move slowly in Africa (and indeed even at the ). Relax and enjoy the slow pace. Remember that life here is not as organized and predictable as life in developed countries. Although work can be very busy and active, at other times work is determined by number of factors including weather, availability of resources, whether a relevant contact has turned up, cultural activities etc.

What To Bring

Below is a list of recommended supplies to have with you during your experience with Baraka, as suggested by past volunteers. Of course, this is not a comprehensive list but rather should give you an idea of some of the essentials as well as items that will make your stay more comfortable.
Also note that most of these items can be purchased with ease in the local town as required.

For Yourself

- First aid kit
- Sunscreen
- Camera batteries (rechargeable)
- Flashlight/torch (rechargeable)
- Bed-sheets & washing towel
- International adaptor
- Umbrella /poncho / raincoat (dependent on when you are visiting)
- Durable Water Bottle (such as a Nalgene bottle)
With regards to mosquito nets, the center does provide good quality nets however most volunteers do not require the use of one as there are very few mosquitoes in the area. For volunteers intending to travel to other parts of Kenya, we advise them to bring their own


Other items that volunteers may find useful during their time in Kenya include:
- A Kenya travel book, such a Lonely Planet or Rough Guide.
- photo’s of your family, friends, pets, home, etc to show the kids
- pictures/books of your home country
- favourite food recipes to assist with cooking and to share your culture
- favourite kids /youth songs,movie, tapes

If possible, we would love for you to bring some supplies for the kids! Anything that you can bring would be greatly appreciated but below is a guide! Many of these items are cheap to purchase and would be loved by the children.

- Mixed clothing, sweaters, dresses, shirts, shorts for boys & girls, ages 4 - 14 years)
- Sanitary pads for community girls
- Children backpacks for school
- Black shoes for school (boys & girls, ages 4 - 14 years)

If you are interested in bringing some of the above would like specific items that are current required, we are able to send you a list with more detailed and up-to-date information about the children (number, gender, age, etc).
Also, if you are interested in bring items for the orphanage to use (such as laptop computer, camera, cell phone) please let us know. We are reliant on donations for many of these items that often have a short lifespan and would be grateful if you could assist.

once again welcome to BCF

P.O BOX 397


TEL: +254710808503