Family Project Kenya

Dates
December 20 - 30, 2021
Location
Kenya
Participation Fee
$1,850
What's Included

* Maps may indicate region where project will take place, not a specific site location.

Overview

Maranatha offers at least two family projects each year that provide service opportunities for every member of your family, both young and old. For Christmas 2021, plan to spend it in the fascinating country of Kenya!

Volunteers on this project will be working at the Kajiado Adventist School and Rescue Center. This school started in 2000 with the mission to empower the Maasai girls and to give them a safe place to escape the culture that encourages child marriages and female genital mutilation. Once the girls move in, they basically become orphans since their families do not want them to come back. Since it began, the school has helped more than 2000 students. Currently they have 92 girls and 22 boys who help the girls form positive friendships with both genders. In addition, there are 50 high school and university aged girls who return on break. And there are another 100 girls on the waiting list!

This group will be building one of the new dormitories for the school campus. Depending on the skills of the volunteers who join the team, there may also be opportunities to conduct local community outreach, children’s programs, and health education.

The project also includes a safari excursion to the world-famous Masai Mara National Park.

Scope

Construction

Children’s Ministry

Community Outreach

Leaders
Karen Godfrey,
Project Coordinator
Danny Poljak,
Construction Superintendent
Itinerary
Monday, December 20
Arrival in Nairobi
Tuesday, December 21
Work Days
Saturday, December 25
Worship with the Local Congregation, Christmas Celebration
Sunday, December 26
Work Days
Tuesday, December 28
Travel to the Masai Mara National Park
Wednesday, December 29
Safari Excursion
Thursday, December 30
Travel to Nairobi, Giraffe Center, Evening Departures
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Nairobi, Kenya (airport code NBO) between 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 20 and 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 21.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project and to ensure you book the right flight.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart for home between 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 30 and 4:30 a.m. on Friday, December 31.
Tumaini Gardens Hotel
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to and from Nairobi Kenya. The dates posted are the arrival and departure dates from the project. You may need to leave home a day or two before the advertised start date to arrive on the correct date. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in Nairobi.

More information including specific flight arrival and departure windows will be available in the information packet, available for download above.

Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare. Booking outside the advertised flight windows could result in additional fees and missed portions of the project.

Travel Resources

CI Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle or Azumano Team at corporatetravel@ciazumano.com

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at nathan@butlertravel.com

When contacting the Azumano or Butler travel agencies, make sure you mention Maranatha for discounted booking fees.

Excursions
Masai Mara National Park

Tuesday, December 28: The group will drive to Masai Mara National Park.

Wednesday, December 29: Masai Mara National Park is one of the largest national parks in Kenya. Within a few hours of being at the reserve, it is possible to see the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, water buffalo, rhinoceros, and elephant) as well as many other wild animals including zebras, giraffes, hippopotamuses, wildebeests, cheetahs, antelope, vultures, hyenas, and much more! The group will enjoy an all-day safari in the park.

Thursday, December 30: The group will return to Nairobi, where they’ll visit one of the city’s most popular attractions: The Giraffe Centre. Here volunteers will get to experience an up-close-and-personal encounter with giraffes. Then volunteers will stop at a local market for souvenir shopping before heading to the airport that evening for their flights home.

All hotels, food, transportation, activities, and park entrances during the excursion days are covered by the excursion fee paid to Maranatha.

Kenya Facts & Figures

CAPITAL

Nairobi

POPULATION

45,925,301 (July 2015)

LANGUAGE

Kiswahili, English, and indigenous languages

CLIMATE

Tropical along coast; arid in the interior

RELIGION

Christian 83%, Muslim 11%

CURRENCY

Kenyan Shilling

Entry Requirements
  • Passports valid for at least 6 months from date of intended return.
  • Tourist Visa
  • COVID-19 Requirements
Medical Requirements & Precautions
Contact Us Want to speak with someone at Maranatha directly? Please call our office at 916.774.7700 to speak with a volunteer specialist. Alternatively, you can send us an email.

 

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