23 May 2012:
For a number of years, Our Kenyan Kids has organized group visits to Kenya so that our supporters can see first how we meet our goals, as expressed in our Mission Statement. These Mission Exposure Trips (MET) typically last about three weeks and includes a few days R&R at a safari resort.
Typically, the following locations will be visited:
Institutions receiving financial support from Our Kenyan Kids
Nairobi Children's Home
Hope House Babies Home
St John Ambulance, Embu
Kawangware Tailoring Project
Usueni Girls' Secondary School
Gathaithi Orphans and Vulnerable Children Centre
Exposure to the Kenyan environments in which we work
Deep Sea Slums and local primary school
Houses of parents whose children we help
Click here to view a slide show of the locations
In the Nairobi area, where North American style hotels are very expensive, we usually stay at the Methodist Guest House. Two or three nights may be spent away from Nairobi while visiting Usueni and Embu.
Kenya's relentless poverty can be very depressing for the North American traveler. The safari to a beautiful game park can have a restorative effect and is thus scheduled to occur at about the middle of the trip. We normally stay at the Keekorok Lodge in the Masai Mara National Park. This is south of Nairobi, on the border with Tanzania.
Click here to view a slide show of the Masai Mara
MET participants are also free to extend their visit to Kenya. In the past, MET participants have used this to teach at a village school or to take further vacation time. Kenya's coastal resorts on the Indian Ocean in the Mombassa area are highly recommended.
Prior to leaving on a trip, we run preparatory sessions, covering issues such as:
What to expect and what not to expect in Kenya
Health issues; innoculations, insurance, etc.
Some basic language work. Swahili is the lingua franca of East Africa
To express an interest in participating in a trip to Kenya, contact
Our Kenyan Kids
3708 Maple Avenue
Canada K0E 1T0