Our spring trip to Rafiki in Kenya, East Africa will take place March 5 through March 14, 2019. Our Rotary Club has been supporting Rafiki for a decade, and some of you have actually visited, but most of you have only heard about it. Now could be the time for you to go. This is one of the great services of Rotary and a wonderful example of our global impact.
Here is what we have planned so far:
  • March 5 - Depart Tuesday afternoon; overnight flight to Amsterdam
  • March 6 – Day in Amsterdam to break up the trip and adjust to time change
  • March 7 – Travel to Nairobi – day flight, arrive Thursday evening
  • March 8 – 9 – Visit Rafiki Campus and environs Friday and Saturday
    • The orphanage – dormitories and facilities
    • Rafiki Academy and classes
    • Upendo Clinic
    • Working farm
    • Rafiki “Shopping Center”
      • Tailor Shop, Barber Shop, Credit Union, Bakery, General Store
    • Visit to a home where our children come from
      • A rare, non-tourist glimpse into what life is like in the village and slums of Africa
  • March 10 – Sunday; day trip to a small rural church that was Rev. Nganga’s (Rafiki Founder) first parish in Kenya. We are welcomed with open arms as family every year.
  • March 11-13 – Safari at Keekorok Lodge in the Masai Mara game park
    • Game drives daily – experience African wildlife first hand in their own environment
    • A visit to a Masai village -  going into a hut and introduction to their culture
    • A chance to debrief and digest the experience
  • March 14 – Return to Columbus -  arrive early evening
This itinerary will provide you with a true appreciation of our project at Rafiki, what life is like in Africa from a viewpoint not available to the usual tourists, plus experiencing magnificent wildlife in their natural habitat. The cost has not yet been finalized, but we expect it to be around $5000/person double occupancy including airfare.
If you are interested and/or would like more information, send an email to terry.davis@nationwidechildrens.org and you will be put on the list to be invited to an informational session with more detail and pictures.