TRIP #KYA1117:

Kenya

Build a garden to feed school children

DEPARTURE DATE
Nov 11, 2017
RETURN DATE
Nov 25, 2017
COST
Approx. $2,500
WHERE
Naro Moru, Kenya

Kenya

You’ll work with our in-country partner ACCESS Kenya in Naro Moru, Kenya. ACCESS Kenya works to improve the environment as well as water and education resources in the community.

About The Trip:


DWC’s Kenyan partner, ACCESS (Action Crew on Community Environment for Sustainable Services) Kenya, is a non-profit group based out of Naro Moru village at the base of Mount Kenya. This organization is focussed on education and protecting the environment, as well as raising awareness at the problems that come with deforestation. ACCESS Kenya strives to safeguard water that is much needed for people and wildlife to survive.

ACCESS Kenya has built and refurbished school classrooms, assisted at regional orphanages, constructed community water tanks and planted thousands of trees to restore life-sustaining forests. With a strong base of sustainable development and community project management aimed at alleviating poverty, ACCESS Kenya strives to improve life for people in the Naro Moru region through community-driven works.

ACCESS Kenya was started in 2004 by a local group of volunteers who realized that prolonged droughts and deforestation were affecting the ability of people to thrive in the region. The lack of adequate learning facilities in the area has also become a focal point of the organization’s goals and priorities. Read more here: http://accessvolunteergroup.org/

It’s Not All Work:


A small market town of roughly 3,000 people in central Kenya, Naro Moru survives mainly on tourism, with hikers headed to nearby Mount Kenya and wildlife lovers taking their cameras to the Solio Game Reserve, the Mau Mau cave and other natural sights. Naro Moru is also close to the Rift Valley, which is where Kenya’s wildlife really flourishes. It’s a stop well worth it on a weekend or an add-on trip after volunteering with ACCESS Kenya and DWC.

Kenya itself is still heavily reliant upon agriculture for its economic success; tea, coffee, sisal, corn and wheat are among the main crops grown in the highlands, while coconuts, pineapples, cashews, cotton and sugarcane are harvested in the lower areas. This dependency on agriculture makes ACCESS Kenya’s goals of improving water resources and restoring deforested areas even more important to the people of the region and the country as a whole, especially since most agriculture is reliant upon rainwater.

Climatewise, Kenya’s temperatures hit daytime highs of about 20 to 25 C in November. Rainfall can vary a lot at this time of year, so it’s best to pack for a little bit of everything. On the up side, there should be lots of sunshine to greet you. The humidity in November runs about 60 per cent.

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The Project:


Volunteers will be building a system to support a school garden that will provide food for children who often only get one meal a day. Those children often have difficulty focussing on their studies because of hunger.

The goal is to harvest rain water for schools to use in a garden at the school. Items used in this project would be gutters, water tanks, pipes and fittings. The school leaders want to make the lunch program self sustaining by growing their own food so that meals can be provided to all children.

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When / Itinerary:


  • Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 – Team arrives in Kenya; check in to hotel
  • Monday, November 13 to Friday, November 17 – PROJECT WORK in Naro Moru
  • Saturday, November 18 to Sunday, November 19 – Free days for some R and R
  • Monday, November 20 to Friday, November 24 – PROJECT WORK in Naro Moru
  • Saturday, November 25 – Transport to airport and fly home

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FAQs:


Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a hotel in Naro Moru that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The program cost is about $2,500 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to ACCESS Kenya. It does not include airfare.

The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC. You can also fundraise and we will issue charitable receipts for donations $20 CDN or greater.

Why should I volunteer?
Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet.

You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.

DWC Team Leader:


Danielle Frothinger

Danielle has a long history of volunteering and travelling, two of her favourite things. She has a range of experience in the non-profit world, including co-founding, developing and managing charity and non-profit organizations. She believes we may speak different languages and have different beliefs on our planet but we all experience the same emotions. We are all the same! Any language barrier in another country is broken with a simple smile (an unspoken language understood in any country).

Having travelled on DWC trips to Guatemala and Nepal, Danielle found it was like an all-inclusive volunteer travel adventure where you are safely immersed in culture and experiences not available to tourists. She wholeheartedly agrees with the DWC philosophy; “It’s not our purpose to change the culture but to embrace and better understand the differences that give equal value to each society.”

Previous trips to southeast Africa and Kenya left Danielle yearning to return and she’s excited to share the DWC experience of being a global citizen and volunteering abroad.

Are You Ready To Go?


Want more information about this trip? Email DWC at [javascript protected email address] or apply now using our online application.

You can secure your place on this trip with a $500, non-refundable deposit that will go toward your total trip cost. After you’ve submitted your forms and deposit, our office will contact you and send you a welcome package.

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