World Servants is working alongside the community of Iviani, which is located about 5 miles from Mitito Andei, a small community about halfway between Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya. This is an area inhabited by people from the Maasai and Kamba tribes.
The people living in the Iviani area are hard-working, friendly and family-oriented. The normal household income is less than $3,000 per year. Living conditions are simple, but challenging. Most families live in one or two room houses made of handmade mud bricks/wood and thatched roofs with kitchens and latrines located outside.
WHAT WE'RE DOING
The team will participate in experiential cross-cultural training to begin our time together in Nairobi. We will be constructing classrooms at the Iviani school that have been damaged by high winds and wildlife from the nearby game park. We will host several events at the school and visit local families in their homes giving us the opportunity to build significant relationships.
Some of the classes are currently held under trees with blackboards such as in the picture below. Your assistance with this school will greatly improve the education of the approximately 150 students attending.
TRIPS TO THIS COMMUNITY
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FOOD, LODGING, & TRAVEL
You’ll fly into Nairobi, Kenya, where World Servants will meet you and transport you to your lodging, a western style hotel located in the city. We will have our cross cultural training in Nairobi and then leave for Mitito Andei. In Iviani, we will be lodging at a hotel style guest house with 2 single beds and a bathroom in each room. While there is running water it is not always hot. On the last day we will return to Nairobi for our flights home.
Hot meals will be prepared for us by local Kamba volunteers who understand the need for good, healthy meals. The main diet consists of bread, potatoes, corn- meal, some beef and chicken, eggs, rice, tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, beans, avocados, along with fresh pineapple, mango, bananas and papaya. Clean, safe water will be available at all times.
The last two days of our trip will be at the Kilaguni Safari Lodge in Tsavo East Game Park where we will see African wildlife up close and personal. On several game drives we can see wildlife such as elephants, zebras, lions, Cape buffalos, wildebeest, rhinoceros, giraffes, Thomson gazelles, etc.
IS IT SAFE?
TRIP SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Trip safety is extremely important to World Servants and our host community. The community we are working and staying in is considered very safe and we do not anticipate any safety issues.
COVID-19 Safety Response
We are working diligently to address the directives of the communities we serve in regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Be assured, World Servants will not hesitate to cancel or suspend a trip if appropriate.
While World Servants does not require participants to be vaccinated, some countries in which we serve may require proof of vaccination and/or a negative COVID test in order to gain entry into the country. World Servants will work with you and your team to make sure you are aware of any travel requirements prior to trip onset.