The purpose of the trip is to assist and encourage the work of the Dagoretti Corner Self-Help Group in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. The DCSHG, which is associated with the Dagoretti Corner Baptist Church, is currently running a broad array of programs ranging from primary and secondary school education to support for victims of AIDS to vocational training programs in the fields of dressmaking, carpentry, motor mechanics and music.
There are lots of very poor kids in Kenya. The primary focus of our visit is to conduct children’s and youth outreach events, providing a maximum-fun high-energy environment for introducing young people to Jesus. A secondary aim is for members of the visiting team to experience life from the perspective of another culture, giving them a greater understanding of the challenges and difficulties associated with community development work, and encouraging them to take on an on-going role in that work.
|Sun 1/7||Leave Melbourne|
|Mon 2/7||Arrive Nairobi, check in to guest house|
|Tues 3/7||Visit Dagoretti Corner Primary and Elyon High to promote Saturday’s events|
|Wed 4/7||Visit Gatwikira Primary, Elyon Junior Academy and Embulbul Primary to promote Saturday’s events|
|Thur 5/7||Visit giraffe park and elephant orphanage, afternoon group work in Dagoretti Corner Primary and Elyon High|
|Fri 6/7||Morning devotions with motor mechanics, afternoon visit community members in homes|
|Sat 7/7||Afternoon outreach rally for children; evening Kenya vs Australia You’ve Got Talent competition / battle of bands / drama / dance event for youth|
|Sun 8/7||Church at Dagoretti Baptist|
|Mon 9/7||Fly to Mombasa, bus to South Coast, evening rally|
|Tues 10/7||Daytime events with children and youth, evening rally|
|Wed 11/7||Farewells to South Coast, fly to Nairobi|
|Thur 12/7||Depart Nairobi|
|Fri 13/7||In air|
|Sat 14/7||Arrive back in Melbourne|
$3,500 (includes airfares, accommodation, food, insurance, visa, transport and team activities but excludes injections, passports, souvenirs and personal expenses).
Culture Shock and Team Dynamics
It is quite normal for visitors to the slum areas of Nairobi to experience some degree of culture shock. We do our best to work through this as we go, and team dynamics form a very important part or this. Team members should be aware in advance that they may see some distressing situations.
All participants will be required to participate in a number of training and team-building sessions, which will be conducted in Melbourne in the months leading up to the trip.
There is some risk of terrorist activity in Kenya. The US Embassy in Nairobi was bombed some years ago, and a hotel was bombed and a missile attack launched on an aeroplane in Mombasa in 2002. There continue to be rumours of planned attacks against Western interests in Nairobi.
Intending team members should be aware of the dangers of travel to and around East Africa. In addition to the terrorist risks outlined above, there are health risks associated with numerous diseases including AIDS prevalent in the slums, risks associated with travelling in and around East Africa including high incidence of road accidents, and risks associated with sporadic crime and violence in Nairobi including muggings and car-jackings.
In order to minimise risks, we normally stay in modest accommodation, rather than at large hotels which might be obvious targets. To the extent possible, we travel in a group, minimise the amount of time spent in the Nairobi city centre, and minimise the amount of waiting in public places and catching public transport.