Our programs are tailored for people with a passion for the creative arts. Below you'll find details information on each of the courses we offer. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch
Craft & Jewellery
Although volunteers need to bring and use their skills and sometimes equipment we also encourage them to source and use materials and even found objects from the locality to use in their work and workshops. There are local craftsmen and jewellers that will be able to share some of their skills and crafts with you too.We would aim for you to help run a workshop for one or two hours a day for three or four days of the week (this may vary). You will run these workshops with a group of anything from 6 up to 15 children or young people. We feel that for the craft and jewellery project smaller groups are necessary in order for them to really absorb the necessary skills and ideas. We currently have very basic equipment but are working on acquiring various resources through sponsorship and funding.
A typical day on the craft & jewellery course
- 8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast
- 9:00 - 10:00 Planning and preperation of days activities
- 10:00 Pick up and drop off at site
- 10:30 - 12:00 Deliver workshops to kids
- 12:00 - 15:00 Lunch and time off (maybe a swim?)
- 15:00 - 16:00 Explore the local area and culture or come and help volunteer on some after school sport
- 16:15 Transport pick up to house
Information on Kenyan Jewellery
Many Kenyan traditional societies placed great significance on decoration of both functional and ritual objects, and the body. In tribes such as the Kuria and the Samburu, this was raised to the form of high art. The Samburu place great significance on physical beauty and adornment, especially among warriors, who take great care with their physical appearance, using hair styling and ochre body painting to create an impression of great delicacy. It was this trait that earned them their name Samburu- Butterflies, given to them by other tribes.
Many Northern nomadic tribes such as the Boran, Oromo and Gabbra extensively decorate functional items, including water gourds, stools and neck pillows. The Turkana people, who live in one of Kenya's harshest environments, still afford great care and attention to decoration of the body and objects such as ostrisch egg waterholders, wrist knives and clubs. For the Maasai, the use of decorative beading is extremely significant, and jewellrey is used to emphasize social status and to signify stages of initiation and passage. Modern forms of art came to Kenya progressively. The art of carving was practiced throughout Kenya to produce both functional and decorative items.
The Kamba people are considered the best Kenyan carvers, and have long been known as skilled woodworkers. Carving on the coast was centred on the island of Lamu, where the local Bajun tribe is believed to have influenced Arab craftsmen to create a unique hybrid of styles. The Kisii of Western Kenya are also well known for their carving in stone, using a locally quarried soapstone. They use a locally quarried soapstone to produce a range of carvings. The most popular items are small animals, chess pieces based on traditional African designs and more functional items such as egg cups, soap dishes, coasters and ash trays. The tourist trade has certainly had great influence over Kenyan carving, but many traditional designs have survived, and often new and interesting carving styles.
If you're interested in this project, please get in touch and we'll arrange a meeting to tell you more about it. Click here to contact us