The village Park Guest House
The Village Park, formerly known as Community Aid Centre, is a community-based development centre with a guest house and conference facilities and the regional office for community Aid International. It is a spring board for development activities and volunteer work.
In December 2003, Community Aid international started work on building a Community Development Centre in Bondo, Siaya County, in western Kenya ñ near Lake Victoria. The goals were to: have a permanent facility for human resource development through training of local school leavers who are unable to secure opportunity for further studies elsewhere; and to establish a permanent facility as a regional springboard for CAIís community development activities in the area.
Today, the Centre, now named Village Park (VP) hosts CAIís regional office, which gives it a comparative advantage regarding institutional capacity in the NGO sector. The Village Parks also has a Guest House with adequate seminar and accommodation space. CAI runs its famous J9 Young Entrepreneurs Programme in which it supports young adults with capital, training and incubation to develop their businesses.
Located in a typical village setting and sitting on a highway to major urban areas, surrounded with a quiet natural environment, and with self-contained rooms, excellent catering services, internet services and cable television, among other modern facilities, the Village Park offers unmatched opportunity for foreign and local volunteers wishing to work with CAI in its development programmes as well as tourists, academics on long stay, and any other visitors.
With the Village Park situated in the middle of a needy community, we have been able to realise a tremendous impact in community development. Apart from providing direct and indirect employment opportunities, the VP currently plays an important role in community mobilization and facilitation of different development activities. It has been the centre of activities for Siaya County Leadersí Forum and other community development activities in the area.
The VP is the place for coordination and operations of the following development activities: a community- initiated water project for the whole location; a free fertilizer project for boosting agricultural productivity funded by the Japanese government to poor farmers; it is the holding ground for a food aid project in partnership with World Food Programme to households and schools with orphaned and vulnerable children; it is the action centre for a roof-catchment water project for households with the burden of orphaned and vulnerable children. The project builds water tanks for the targeted households.
Having the VP Centre has enabled Community Aid International to attract development partners and donors, volunteers and interns to partner with us.
Include at least three pictures (whole compound, an aerial one showing the front of the first guest house and the rooms and conference facilities.)