The main project offered to volunteers is the housing project, however there are number of areas within the Mwandi community were volunteers can be involved.
The Housing Project is vital and the main project for the mission. The goal of the project is to provide safe and secure housing for the vulnerable populations (orphans, seniors, and people in poverty) of Mwandi.
The Volunteer section of this website has more information on the housing project.
The Outpatients Department (OPD) sees about 70 people each day, some walking for hours to see Mr. Siakakaba, the Registered Nurse. Both the visit and all drugs prescribed are now free, since the Government recently abolished the token fee that each individual paid. There is a TV and video recorder in the OPD to entertain and educate the many people who wait for hours to be seen.
Health care professionals who come as volunteers have provided their expertise in the delivery of various aspects of health care delivery in the community. The Mission Partners receive and distribute medical supplies to various programs. Volunteers are given a guided tour of the hospital.
Volunteers also have the opportunity to volunteer in the village pharmacy. The pharmacy services a large area therefore, there is a constant need for medication to be accurately counted, packaged and labelled. It is common for volunteers to spend at least one day assisting in the pharmacy while participating in the housing project.
The Volunteering for Healthcare Professionals section of this website has more information on volunteering in the hospital.
The Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) pre-school, based in a classroom near the Church, has two sessions (age 6-7 and 5-6) each weekday morning. The time includes play, crafts, learning the alphabet, learning English and having a drink and snack.
Volunteers with the necessary skills can assist in various educational programs in the community. They can assist the qualified teacher in the classroom. The students at the basic school are from 1st to 9th grade.
The Orphans and Vulnerable Children's Centre also welcomes volunteers to observe the feeding program. The feeding program gives a healthy lunch to those children who qualify for the program 6 days a week. After school hours the volunteers can go and play or read with the children. A little soccer game can may also be arranged. The children love to play so it's not hard to put the teams together.
The Volunteering for Teaching Professionals section of this website has more information on volunteering in the school.
Kandiana is the old people's home built on the site of Mwandi Mission. Kandiana provides shelter and attends to the basic needs of seniors who do not have families to care for them. Kandiana is partially funded by a Government Grant, the rest of the required funds comes from generous donors. Kandiana was originally a leprosy colony, which was changed to an old people's home in the early 1980's.
It is common for volunteers to spend at least one day assisting at Kandiana while participating in the housing project.
Drills bore holes to provide safe accessible water to communities in and around Mwandi.
Provides food for needy people in the community and assist with the provision of food for families experiencing crisis, such as a death in the family.