“I had an amazing time getting to volunteer through DGV in the DGS school project and learn more about the school. I was welcomed by school management and the staff. I was impressed with what the local school has put into the creation for the benefit of the kids and positive change of life. I was so touched by the love, care, authenticity, intention, and creation of this school benefiting so many children in an impoverished area, and how talented each teacher is in what they have to offer their students. Words are not enough to describe how grateful I am for my time with Destiny Garden School, the impact the experience has had on me, and my desire to still volunteer in the future with DGV”
My 5 weeks of volunteering at Destiny Gardens School was undoubtedly the most amazing experience of my entire life. The children are full of life and love your company. I was fortunate enough to play football and other games with them on a daily basis. I also offered to teach a few lessons, where I was amazed to witness how hard working and committed the children are, especially at such a young age. The staff at the school are fantastic. They’re all fully committed to giving their all for the sake of the children and always make you feel right at home, come rain or shine. In a short time, I was there, a brand new library and clinic which were under construction we completed. The kids are able to broaden their horizons, through the books that have been donated and more importantly, they can stay healthy through proper medical treatment, allowing them to excel in their studies
I fell in love with Mombasa Kenya during my first visit and decided to come back in 2012) with my boyfriend Bernd. We did fundraising back at home and so we were able to sponsor a kitchen for the school. It was a very important fact because the old kitchen was very smoky and there were already health problems because of the kitchen, which the Kenyan Health Authorities had pointed out. I was so happy because the children didn’t forget me, they still know my name. With the donation, we also bought mangos, biscuits and orange juice for the kids. It was one of the great moments in life by giving them food. They laughed and were just happy.
Next year, we will come back again; Kenya and the children touched our lives!”
I had such an incredible time for the time I worked with the DGV teaching project at the local school in Mombasa. Brenda’s family were very friendly and welcomed us into their home like old friends. We felt very safe there. We had made many friends in and out of the school environment and we even managed to see some of the countrysides and explored Mombasa. We will miss everyone back in the cold of England but look forward to our return!”
“My overall impression of DGS is that it is a school of smiles but also a school of hard work. It deserves to do well.”
Volunteering through DGV at the Destiny Garden School project has been unforgettable and has been one of the best experiences of my life. I volunteered with the school for four months and every experience was fulfilling. Staying with Jacob and Brenda as my hosts in their home was wonderful. They are such open, caring people and I felt like I was part of the family. Living with a local family also gives you insight into Kenyan culture and what it really means to “be Kenyan” that you wouldn’t find elsewhere.
Staying with a local host near the school I was helping out was a wonderful experience. In my few days at the school, I was able to see how the teachers and staff go out of their way to look after the multi-dimensional needs of the kids, learning, but also play and providing them with food. I was also able to provide the school with books for class 1 through 4. I know that these will go to good use and hopefully help the kids get a solid beginning on their long road to success.”
DGV directors and the staff gave me a warm welcome. This was to be a working holiday but with some time taken out to visit a beach and a safari park. I had taken a volunteer project to help determine a site for developing a proposed new Dining Shelter, and his wife Junko was his assistant. The ground levels had to be measured, dimensions of the site taken and prospective contractors interviewed. I spent time with the DGS children and staff and even found time to run some workshops. The visit was a great success;
I took the volunteer program at the DGS school project in 2010 for 5 weeks in Mombasa Kenya and loved every bit of the experience. That was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and I would urge anyone considering volunteering to just go for it! I can honestly say that there was not a day that went past where the children did not make me smile. I am so thankful to everyone that made my stay in Kenya a memorable one. I feel privileged to think that I made a difference to a lot of children.