A group of 10 intrepid travellers, all volunteers who are paying their own expenses, will be flying out to Kenya on 6th February 2017 to visit the projects, meet and interact with children, staff and carers and do some practical work in two of the projects.
At Njoro we are planning to repair the boarded walls in the classrooms and paint them as well as spend time with the children in the classrooms and the playground, and visit some of the basic homes where the children live. We may, time permitting, do some repairs to the small rental homes we helped to build some years ago.
At Embakasi we will be repairing or replacing the leaking roof, cutting windows in the corrugated iron walls to bring some light into the very dark primary classrooms, install a ceiling and line the corrugated metal walls with soft board which will insulate them and provide boards for children’s work and bright posters. That’s the first week!
The second week we will travel north to Meru, where we will visit the Township Programme in Meru Town and Mwithumwiru School where we support the feeding programme and a unit for children with learning disabilities. At both places we will spend time with the children in the classrooms and visit some homes.
In Meru we will also be able to meet young people who have graduated from the various projects and hear firsthand how their lives have been transformed.
We will also visit the Maua Methodist Hospital North East of Meru where we are minor donors to both the Disability Community Centre and its work with disabled children – truly heart-warming, and the AIDS Orphans Programme which supports the orphans and their carers – elderly grandmothers or older siblings.
We will be carrying lots of donated items, 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 looking forward to being there – most of the group for the first time.
At all these venues we will 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.
We can still take a few more in 2017 – we fly out on 6th February and come home after 2 weeks if you don’t want to go on safari, or on 26th February if you do. You need to book with the group by 5th December when we will try to get you included on the group rate booking.
We usually take a group every two years and it is possible to join the next group going in 2017. 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!
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. Some people decide to go on a safari to one of Kenya’s famous game parks during a third week.
For more information please call or e-mail us.