Friends of Moving Mountains Kenya
Friends of Moving Mountains trip to Kenya
Join the Moving Mountains Trust for a ten day fundraising trip to Kenya to see and experience the programmes and projects run by our charity in Kenya and meet the staff and the beneficiaries. We also include a safari into the Rift Valley and Kakamega National Park and a chance to see some of the famous sights of the country.
The aim of this trip is for supporters to fundraise for Moving Mountains and come to Kenya to see how the charity works and what we do. The money will enable us to continue supporting children, and employing teachers, social workers and counsellors, as well as run the feeding programmes which help so many children on the streets.
Hotel accommodation and transport is provided throughout, plus meals and any permits to national parks, and visits to the schools and Moving Mountains projects. It is a very safe trip to areas concentrating on western Kenya which is where a lot of our long term programmes and projects are run.
Insight into Moving Mountains and avoiding stereotypes
This trip provides a great insight into how we run our developmental work in Kenya, and how long term programmes can provide such positive changes to people. The Kenyan staff will be your guides and show you everything from rescue centres to schools, clinics and homes. It is a chance to see how your fundraising is used on the ground and meet some inspiring people along the way, and hopefully make some lasting friends.
It is also an opportunity for you to interact with others in a friendly and equal way, learning from others irrespective of background, and helping people think about their values and opinions, and to see the flipside of Africa.
We are not about perpetuating damaging stereotypes about volunteering or aid in Africa, and we're not interested in marketing a 'save the world' message either. We have so many years of evidence and experience to back up our success story, and it's been one that has involved many people in Kenya over decades.
Travel and making new friends
It is also a chance to travel, go on an adventure and make new friends. Many volunteers we host report that their experience with us has been a defining one, giving them a direction in life and the motivation to do many things they may never have considered. For the Kenyans, who are very engaged with social media, they make new friends and keep in touch for a long time afterwards.
Here's Beatrice talking about her life and dreams; she was sponsored originally by founder of Moving Mountains, Gavin Bate, and was a volunteer with our school trips but is now a nurse and one of our staff for both beneficiaries and volunteers.
We are careful to ensure that this experience is a responsibly managed and with more than twenty years working in the development sector we believe we have a good model. This is Gavin talking about the ethics of the volunteering in Kenya and other countries, and how it came about with the company and the charity forming such a winning model of responsible tourism:
- Rucksack or duffle, 65-90 litres (check airline for weight allowance)
- Small day pack, approx 20-25 litres (hand luggage for flight)
- 2 season sleeping bag and roll mat
- Clothing should be conservative and comfortable
- Jacket or fleece
- Good walking shoes & trainers, also flip flops or sandals
- Sunhat, sun glasses, sun cream, insect repellant, plasters
- Wash kit and travel towel
- Camera, phone, charger, moneybelt, notebooks etc
- Water bottle
Clothing is very much a personal preference though we would advise lightweight and loose fitting, synthetic or a poly/cotton mix tend to be a little more comfortable and quicker drying.
Females will have to dress conservatively in public and especially in schools and the children's home. You will draw unnecessary attention to yourself and maybe cause offence if revealing clothing is worn, shoulders should remain covered and legs covered to the knee at least, particularly outside Nairobi.
What type of volunteers do we attract at Moving Mountains?
A lot of our volunteers are adults who are taking time out of work, or just looking for a good cause to lend their skills and motivation. We welcome people who can assist with a wide range of tasks to help the charity run effectively, help us with impact assessments, analysis and feedback, plus of course skilled tasks working with children, special needs individuals and families. Teachers are most welcome, we find they have been very inspirational both for the pupils and also the teachers in Kenya who love to have professional visitors come and share their knowledge. Here's a teacher from King Edwards School in Bath having a hilarious science lesson with the pupils at Wagwer Secondary School in Western Kenya:
We support lots of activities for our Kenyan beneficiaries which you can get involved in, for example Scout camps, sightseeing, camping, after school clubs, sports clubs and going to community events and church. The holistic approach is a lot of fun, very inspirational and accepts that the benefits are there for everyone.
Friends of MM Kenya trip itinerary
Ten days in country arriving early in the morning after an overnight flight into Nairobi, and a transfer to Kisumu in western Kenya by internal flight or by vehicle depending on your preference.
Near to Kisumu in western Kenya is the village of Ulamba where we have our home for children and early child development centre. The nearby town of Siaya has some good hotels and will be your base for the time here.
For a few days you will be able to visit the child development centre, the village and also the schools we have renovated and built in the surrounding area. Our local staff will be with you to discuss the type of support we provide and why, and how we have successfully worked with the authorities to help and assist needy children and their families.
A visit to Kakamega national park nearby is a chance to see some of the dramatic scenery and maybe some wildlife. The journey continues into the Rift Valley and a stop over on the shores of one of the freshwater lakes to see hippo and plains animals in the famous Hells Gate national park, one of the few where you can walk and cycle amongst the animals.
Then a visit to the eastern side of Mount Kenya and the market town of Embu where we carry out other programmes like the feeding programme for street kids at a rescue centre, and more renovation of schools. You can visit the schools and meet the teachers and learn more about how the charity interacts with these institutions to help provide holistic support for children.
From Embu is it a few hours back to Nairobi and the flight home.
|1||Arrival in Nairobi and airport pick up. Either transfer to internal flight to Kisumu or start journey to western Kenya. Accommodation in hotel in town of Siaya.|
|2 - 4||
Western Kenya. Visiting the staff we employ at the early child development centre and also meeting teachers in the schools we renovate. You will be able to interact and help out, involve yourself with some of the work we are doing and generally get a flavour for the region, the problems facing the people here, some of the solutions we have identified and how our long term programmes have assisted.
This will be a new culture to visit and absorb, but it will be very sociable and fun and no doubt emotional. Apart from visiting the villages and schools you will be welcomed into homes and meet lots of different people. It's certainly interested to learn about the life of a teacher or a social worker or a nurse in this part of the world, as well as understand a little about the reasons why a child might end up in a home and how a charity like Moving Mountains works with the State to assist.
Safari trip to Kakamega National Park which is home to more than 300 bird species and an overwhelming 400 species of butterfly. Mammals inside the Park include Squirrels, Bush bucks, Aardvarks, Porcupines and Giant Forest Hogs, as well as seven different types of primate (including the endangered De Brazza monkey).
|6||An early trek to the top of Lirhanda Hill (1,700m) to watch the sunrise over the forest is a must for any visitor. Travel to Kericho for lunch before continuing on to Lake Naivasha where we will set up camp at Fish Eagle Camp on the shores of Lake Naivasha. The camp has an outdoor swimming pool and the Hippo from Lake Naivasha regularly come up to graze at night (behind an electric fence!)|
|7||Day in Hells Gate National Park for hiking and cycling amongst the plains animals and a visit down into the gorges.|
|8,9||Depart early to reach the town of Embu and visit the various programmes and projects we have running here.|
|10||A day in Embu and afternoon drive back to Nairobi to catch the evening flight home.|
Friends of Moving Mountains Kenya cost: £1995.00
£995.00 of this figure is the land cost of the trip itself and £1000 is the fundraising target. You can pay the £995.00 for the trip costs direct to Moving Mountains yourself if you wish.
We ask that all participants set up a fundraising page on the BT MyDonate page which enables everyone to take advantage of the Gift Aid scheme. Gift Aid adds 25p to every £1 donation from a UK tax payer.
The trip cost includes
- Transport on safari trucks or in minivans
- Accommodation in local hotels
- Airport pick ups and drop offs
- Meals and bottled water
- National Park fees and permits
- International air-fare to Nairobi
- Travel Insurance
- Vaccinations & anti-malaria tablets
- Tourist Visa
- Personal costs (email, phone laundry, souvenirs, tips etc)
Join us by choosing a date below and submitting an enquiry to register.
- Duration 10 days
- Numbers 20
- Accommodation Hotels, camping