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 has a pleasant, tropical climate with daytime temperatures averaging between 24°C and 29°C. The wet season happens during March, April and May, with these months getting the most rain. Humidity is high and the rain is sometimes heavy on a daily basis, although it seldom lasts the whole day. Of course, it’s never easy to predict the weather, but consider this a rough guide.
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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.
When / Itinerary:
- Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 – Team arrives in Kenya; check in to hotel
- Monday, April 16 to Friday, April 20 – PROJECT WORK in Naro Moru
- Saturday, April 21 to Sunday, April 22 – Free days for some R and R
- Monday, April 23 to Friday, April 27 – PROJECT WORK in Naro Moru
- Saturday, April 28 – Transport to airport and fly home or continue your travels in Kenya
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.
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:
Alan Dickinson and along with his wife of 42 years, live in Ottawa. They have 2 grown children, a son who lives in Toronto and a daughter who lives in Ottawa and who presented them with one amazing little granddaughter in 2010. His main interests are family, kayaking, yoga, X-C skiing, reading and travelling.
In 2011 Alan retired after 40 years in industry and quickly felt the pull to get more involved with global projects. He soon discovered the Global Village arm of Habitat for Humanity and had his first Global Village experience in Cluj, Romania and just loved it. He has followed that with builds in Nepal, El Salvador, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Argentina, Philippines, P.E.I., New Zealand, India, Nepal and Chile with nine of them as the team leader.
“Seeing what a small group of like-minded, motivated people can do in a relatively short period of time is truly amazing and I want to be part of more of it.”
Are You Ready To Go?
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.
We’re glad to have you join us.
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