How about joining a team of volunteers to visit Kenya and make a difference at one or more of Karibuni’s partner-projects?
Every two years, we take group of intrepid travellers on a work party to Kenya.
All volunteers who are paying their own expenses, who fly out to Kenya in the February to visit the projects, meet and interact with children, staff and carers and do some practical work in two of the projects.
In 2017, at Njoro we repaired the boarded walls in the classrooms and painted them as well as spent time with the children in the classrooms and the playground, and visited some of the basic homes where the children live.
At Embakasi we repaired or replaced the leaking roof, cut windows in the corrugated iron walls to bring some light into the very dark primary classrooms, installed a ceiling and lined the corrugated metal walls with soft board which will insulate them and provide boards for children’s work and bright posters. And that was just the first week!
Each time we take lots of donated items from the UK, which we are very grateful to receive, including new school uniforms, new or good-as-new, T-shirts, football boots, footballs, tennis balls and many pens, pencils, rulers, etc. – a case full for each project. It is always very exciting and we are all look forward to being there – most of the group for the first time.
At all these venues we stay with local families in safe situations where our Kenyan hosts take excellent care of us – and feed us rather too well! It is a great opportunity to gain an insight into the lives of people in Kenya which is denied to most visitors.
All members pay their own expenses, including air fares, travel in Kenya and accommodation which is provided either in guest houses or with local families. Such trips are very rewarding, providing a unique insight into life in Kenya and the projects we support. Although trips to the projects last for two weeks, some people decide to go on a safari to one of Kenya’s famous game parks during a third week.
We usually take a group every two years and it is possible to join the next group. If you may be interested, please contact us. There is the opportunity to visit some of the projects we support for yourself and to help in the classrooms or assist people on the spot with physical work such as repairs to classrooms or even new construction. No particular skills are necessary – other than a willingness to roll up your sleeves!
Want to find out what it’s really like on one of our trips? In 2017, Kate Winterbottom was one of the work party. Read all about her experience here
Testimonial from a member of the 2017 Work Party to Kenya:
“Having seen first hand how Karibuni works, I put it top of all the charities and orphanages Ann and I have seen when on our travels in southern Africa. It was an honour to be part of the trip.”