Kisaruni Group of Schools
Graduation Trip 2020
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Visit Baraka Hospital Witness the positive impact of WE’s Baraka Hospital, which began as a health clinic in 2010 and has now grown into an expanded hospital serving the Maasai and Kipsigis communities.
Learn about WE Villages See the positive difference that WE’s project, the Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA), is making in the lives of community members—empowering them with the opportunity and financial literacy to invest in their futures—from the students themselves as they share their dreams and plans for the future.
Connect with mamas at the Women’s Empowerment Center Meet remarkable women at the new Women’s Empowerment Center, a supportive space for them to realize their potential and make their dreams a reality.
Table of contents
4 Jambo 6 Timeline of WE 8 Trip itinerary 14 Bogani Cottages 18 Trip costs 20 Customize your trip: Kenya extensions
26 Our signature service 28 Health and safety 30 FAQ 33 Testimonials 36 Join us
Visit the new Kisaruni Boys’ School Ngulot Campus
Welcoming its first class of students in January 2017, the Nuglot Boys’ Campus is supporting its learners in becoming leaders of their communities. Hear from the students themselves as they share their dreams and plans for the future.
Connect as a family on a special Volunteer Adventure you will never forget. Join us in Kenya to celebrate the annual graduation with the learners of Kisaruni Secondary School Ngulot Campus. It welcomed its first class of students in January 2017 and is providing quality secondary school education and leadership development to young boys in Kenya. Your itinerary includes a unique blend of community work and cultural immersion, allowing you to fully experience the magic Kenya has to offer. Create a lasting legacy as a family, while surrounding yourself with the colorful and friendly culture of the Maasai and Kipsigis peoples.
A meaningful milestone, a dazzling celebration and an exciting next chapter.
Join us for an exclusive new trip to celebrate our 25th anniversary!
After learning of Iqbal Masih, a former child worker who was murdered for speaking out against child labor, 12 year-old Craig Kielburger, and his 11 classmates founded WE Charity (formerly known as Free The Children).
We built our first schools in the mountainous region of Waslala in northern Nicaragua, and in West Bengal, India. The next year, we broke ground on schools in Kenya, and the year after that, in Ecuador.
We hosted our first volunteer trip to Kenya. Since then thousands of guests, including youth, school groups, families and corporate groups, have visited developing countries around the world.
WE Villages, our holistic sustainable development model that partners with global communities, is launched. This program tackles the primary causes of poverty—education, water, health, food and opportunity—through its five Pillars of Impact.
It’s been an extraordinary 25 years of doing good at WE and we’re so grateful to everyone who has been a part of the movement. The gracious contributions and support of our global community make what we do possible. Now, it’s time to celebrate the close of one chapter of our journey and welcome another exciting one. And we’re doing it in style! Celebrate our 25th anniversary with us on a special trip to Kenya! With surprises around every corner, our 25th anniversary trip is one you can’t miss. Exclusive new activities, delightful wonders and so much more await you on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. What makes this trip even more unique? You’ll have the heartwarming opportunity to connect with the local mamas at the newWomen’s Empowerment Center, the WE College students who started with us at our primary and secondary schools, and the community members we partner with every day. Unlike any of our offerings, or anything you’ll find elsewhere, this trip invites you to the heart of culture in Kenya and takes you on an unforgettable adventure. From looking back on the past amazing 25 years at WE to kicking off another marvelous 25 years with us, you’re in for a treat!
New initiatives begin at WE. Our first everWEDay in Toronto inspired 8,000 students and began the work of empowering a generation of change-makers. Inspired by the traditional crafts made by women inKenya and Ecuador, Roxanne Joyal foundedME toWEArtisans to help those women earn a sustainable income.
Big changes came to the Maasai Mara. Not only did WE Charity open Kisaruni Secondary School to educate and empower girls graduating from primary school, but they also opened the Baraka Health Clinic to provide health care, which has now become a leading hospital in the region.
At home in Toronto, WE opened the WE Global Learning Center, our do-good headquarters, and WE Charity opened WE College, the only postsecondary institution in Kenya that provides full scholarships.
We’re continuing our domestic and international programing, including partneringwith communities inKenya, India and Ecuador to help increase access to education, water, health care, food and income opportunities. With 25 years of doing good, WE looks forward to another 25 of making doing good doable.
Trip dates: December 27, 2020 – January 2, 2021
Evening arrival in Nairobi Collect your luggage and proceed through customs, where you will be welcomed by your in-country facilitator outside the arrivals hall. Enjoy a comfortable ride to your boutique hotel. Check-in to The Sheraton, Nairobi The Sheraton, Nairobi, offers a comfortable and exquisite place to settle in and relax. Enjoy the peace of fresh, spacious rooms in a city renowned for its vibrant culture. Rest for the evening and night to start your ME to WE adventure the next day. Evening snack and dinner are out-of-pocket tonight.
Morning flight from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara From Wilson Airport in Nairobi, take a short flight that will descend into the Great Rift Valley. As you fly over the Maasai Mara, watch for circular shapes that characterize Maasai bomas, and look for herds of local wildlife and cattle.
Arrive at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp Settle into your new lodgings at
Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp. The bespoke cottages and tents are a serene place to relax and reflect after an invigorating day of volunteering. Each accommodation is complete with hot and cold running water, flush toilets and comfortable beds, and is furnished with unique African fabrics and art.
Introduction and orientation Walk Bogani’s winding paths under yellow acacia groves, and get acquainted with the camp, learning some Swahili along the way. Enjoy lunch on the veranda overlooking the savanna. Learn about WE Villages Learn about the WE Villages development model. Our local staff work with rural villages and regional governments to support, teach and empower people within five Pillars of Impact: Education, Water, Health, Food and Opportunity. Connect with the Nglot Learners Go on a guided tour of the Ngolt Boys Campus, and be reconnected with the boys who are completing their high school education. Our Kisaruni group of schools focus on community, and provides empowering curriculum, equipping young boys and girls with the skills and opportunities to excel.
Visit Baraka Hospital and medicinal garden Visit Baraka Hospital and its Maternity Ward. Baraka serves over 30,000 community members, promoting healthy living and providing preventative, curative and rehabilitative services to the most vulnerable segments of the Kenyan population. These services enable individuals and communities to enhance their health. Next, learn about the medicinal plants grown in the shamba (garden), including moringa, aloe vera, thyme, spider plant and many more. This shamba supplements the lunch program in WE Villages schools, while also helping to decrease malnutrition in the communities by providing supplements to both pregnant mothers and their children.
Homestead visit with a learner This morning, journey to the boma (a traditional Kenyan homestead) of a learner from one of our Kisaruni secondary school campuses, Milimani or Nglot. Meet their family and community and learn about the tasks that made up their daily routines before entering secondary school. Engage in conversations with their family and witness firsthand the pride they have for their child, the new graduate. Sponsor lunch Sit down and enjoy a special lunch with a learner and their family.
School-building Roll up your sleeves and grab some tools to work alongside Maasai and Kipsigis community members as you help to build a classroom or other school building. Nglot graduation day Its graduation day for the Nglot Boys Campus! Attend the Nglot Boys inaugural graduation ceremony. Join the educators, parents and families of the learners as they celebrate their graduation from high school. Witness this authentic celebration and amazing accomplishment with their families and closest friends.
ME to WE Duka at Bogani Visit the Duka, our on-site shop, which offers locally sourced gifts, exclusive Kenyan products and ME to WE Artisans beaded accessories, as well as homewares made by local Maasai women. School-building Roll up your sleeves and grab some tools to work alongside Maasai and Kipsigis community members as you help to build a classroom or other school building. Beading at the Women’s Empowerment Center Spend the afternoon beading with the mamas at the Women’s Empowerment Center. Learn more about the artisans and how their work ties into the Opportunity Pillar of the WE Villages model. Celebrate New Year’s Eve under the Kenyan sky A number of special surprises await you!
Day 6 Primary school and community visit See where some of the Kisaruni learners went to primary school. Hear more about the leadership and mentorship programs the Kisaruni learners conduct with the nearby primary schools. Oleleshwa school and farm visit Visit Oleleshwa Campus, and meet the learners! Enjoy a cup of chai with them and hear stories from their time at school. Maasai warrior olympics and medicine walk Enjoy a leisurely hike as you learn about medicinal herbs from a local Maasai warrior. You will also have the chance to train and compete in the art of Maasai weaponry as you enjoy a cup of chai or a glass of wine on the hillside. Enjoy Nyama Choma dinner Relax and enjoy a traditional Nyama Choma dinner—Kenya’s barbecue.
Maasai elder circle Meet withMaasai elders and learn about their traditions firsthand. Depart Bogani for Wilson Airport Fly back to Nairobi over the Maasai Mara, landing at Wilson Airport in Nairobi. Check-in to the Radisson Blu, Nairobi The Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi, offers a sophisticated retreat in Upper Hill, the central business district within this commercial center of East Africa. Stay for an afternoon of relaxation as you prepare for your international flight home.
Drive to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight home Kwaherinina safari jemma! OR Begin your customized extension
We’ve planned a ton of extra-special events and activities with our co-founders on this thrilling 25th anniversary trip. Enjoy this awe-inspiring adventure to usher in the next 25 years of our journey together! Just for our honored guests, countless surprises are in store for you!
Please note that this itinerary is subject to change. Details of specific trip inclusions/exclusions are listed after the itinerary with costing. Accommodation in Nairobi may change subject to availability.
A property designed with authentic African décor set in the heart of the Maasai Mara, Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp offers relaxing spaces to recharge and refresh after a day of volunteering.
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After a full day of volunteering, escape to your home away from home. Cottages offer a variety of Mara-inspired spaces, including fireplaces, bedrooms and gathering spaces for you and your family to recharge and refresh.
• All accommodations offer modern conveniences including hot water, power and en suite washrooms. • Enjoy family-style meals prepared fresh daily by expert chefs on our al fresco dining platform. • We have a 15-year record of travel safety for our guests.
Bogani Tented Camp
Traditional safari tents offer a truly authentic experience, tempered with modern conveniences including hot water, electricity and en suite washrooms. Enjoy authentic African décor, stone flooring and fully screened and paneled windows and doors.
$750 USD PP
$5,650 USD PP Shared accommodation
$500 USD PP Single supplement
To upgrade to Bogani Cottages: minimum of 3 guests
Inclusions • ME to WE professional facilitator • Ground transportation throughout the duration of the trip • Hotel accommodation in Nairobi (one night) • Meals as indicated in Nairobi • Return airfare from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara • Accommodation at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp ( five nights) • All meals and drinks at Bogani, including purified water, sodas, beer and wine • All activities as outlined in the itinerary • Access to a day room on the final day of the trip • Fairwell dinner in Nairobi • Flying doctors insurance (evacuation in-country) Exclusions • International airfare to and from Nairobi • Kenya entry visa: This must be obtained prior to travel at a cost of $50 USD per person (cost subject to change) • Evening snack in Nairobi upon arrival • Travel insurance: out-of-country medical, trip cancellation & interruption insurance • Vaccinations • Gratuities are not expected but appreciated, and are shared among all staff. We humbly suggest $10-15 per adult per day
*Please note that arrival and departure transfers are included in your trip cost. Pick-up time at the airport begins at 2:30 p.m. on your arrival day, to accommodate check-in at the hotel, which begins at 3:00 p.m. Should you decide to extend your stay by arriving earlier or departing later than the scheduled times of your ME to WE Immersive Volunteer Trip, airport pick-up and drop-offs can be arranged at an additional cost.
Kichwa Tembo Safari Camp Located where the Riverine forest meets the sweeping plains in the path of the awe-inspiring Great Migration, the camp provides an authentic dose of African wildlife, delivered with legendary Kenyan hospitality. Simple yet contemporary, the Maasai-inspired suites are elegant and timeless, firmly entrenching Kichwa Tembo as a luxury tented camp of its size in the greater Mara. Includes transfer from Bogani, laundry service, all drinks including selected house spirits. Excludes optional activities as well as champagne and premium spirits. www.andbeyond.com
Transfer to/from safari property • Three nights full board accommodation • Twice daily game drives (six game drives) • All meals • Conservation fees Optional upgrades • Exclusive use of vehicle • Scenic flights • Hot air balloon safari • Lengthen or shorten stay • Private guide
Richard’s River Camp Designed with privacy, exclusivity and adventure in mind, Richard’s River Camp is located on the banks of the Njageteck River and surrounded by 70 acres of private land in the Olare Orok Conservancy. The camp allows for total privacy and exclusivity with only seven tents. The Ngoyanai springs provide permanent water, drawing in large numbers of animals to the area around camp.
If you’d like to extend/shorten your stay, please ask for more details.
Includes alcoholic beverages, guided bush walks and cultural visits, sundowners, laundry services and transfer from Bogani.
Excludes champagne, premium spirits and cellar wines. www.richardscamp.com
Angama Mara Welcome to Angama Mara, a remarkable owner-run safari lodge inspired by the Swahili word for “suspended in mid-air.” Located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara overlooks Kenya’s Maasai Mara, considered by many as the loveliest game reserve on the continent. Here guests will find a lodge where everything is as it ought to be: two intimate camps of just 15 tented suites each, a private airfield and access to the Mara below, tailor-made safari days and a famously warm Kenyan welcome. Includes alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, beers, house wines and selected house spirits, laundry, childminding (6-10 p.m.). Excludes champagne, premium spirits and cellar wines. www.angama.com
FROM $3,395 USD PP Based on double occupancy
FROM $3,595 USD PP Based on double occupancy
FROM $5,595 USD PP Based on double occupancy
Day 1 Depart for Kilifi from the Maasai Mara Fly froman airstrip near Bogani andmake your way to the beautiful Kenyan coast. Check in to Toriana Graceful arches and authentic detailing welcome you home to Toriana after a short drive from the Vipingo Airstrip. Discover Swahili culture and history from the comfort of our coastal beach house. Situated on four waterfront acres near Kilifi, we encourage you to enjoy fresh meals served on the vast terraces, inspiring Swahili and Moroccan architecture, and the white sand and blue waters of Bofa Beach footsteps away. Sunset stroll Walk along the beach to take in the breeze and experience a sunset over the Indian Ocean. Beach-side welcome Warm yourself by our beachside firepit under the stars as you enjoy a complimentary drink. Day 2 Yoga beats Take some time to treat your body and mind with a private yoga class. Whether it’s early morning by the beach or on the rooftop patio at sunset, our instructor will lead you through a fun and casual session to invigorate your body! From beginner to advanced, all levels are welcome. Relax and recharge As the local people say, “There’s no rush while you’re in paradise.” Reward yourself after a week of volunteering and spend the afternoon unwinding on a breezy lanai terrace or exploring the beach. Day 3 Recharge or discovery day Continue to relax by the pool, explore the coastline and indulge in the serenity of Toriana. Or, if you are craving some more action, take a look at some of our optional activities and discover all that coastal Kenya has to offer, from scuba The best way to experience Kenya’s beautiful coast is from the deck of a dhow boat. These traditional sailing vessels have been used for hundreds of years to transport goods up and down the coast, and on your excursion they will grant you access to a unique view of the coast and the beautiful wildlife that surrounds you. Farewell dinner and beach BBQ Spend your last night of the trip watching the sun set over the ocean as you gather round and celebrate with a beach barbecue dinner. diving to golfing nearby. Dhow boat excursion
Inclusions • Accommodation at Toriana Beach House (three nights) • Domestic airfare (Mara to the coast & back to Nairobi) • All activities as identified in the itinerary • All meals • Special holiday supplement (where applicable) Exclusions • Optional activities while at Toriana • Beverages at Toriana • Gratuities are not expected but appreciated, and are shared among all staff. We humbly suggest $10-15 per adult per day
If you’d like to extend/shorten your stay, please ask for more details.
FROM $1,895 USD PP Based on double occupancy
Toriana optional updrades
Sink into coastal culture Experience coastal Kenya’s rich history of diverse peoples, languages and customs. We welcome you to add any of these optional activities to personalize your stay at Toriana: Explore Gedi ruins Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, explore the partially excavated ruins of once-vibrant Gedi, a vast trading city abandoned more than 200 years ago. Dive the reef Explore the Indian Ocean’s underwater landscape—our water sports diving experts can create the perfect experience, from earning your certification to advanced diving adventures. Snorkel in Watamu Marine Reserve A favorite destination of Ernest Hemingway, discover this special reserve and its ecosystem in a glass-bottom boat. Golf at Vipingo ridge Experience the acclaimed Baobab Golf Course, a short drive from Toriana. Sweeping views to the Indian Ocean in the east and the sunsets in the west make this a stunning experience.
Our signature service
Whether you’re preparing for your trip or experiencing the real deal on the ground, we take care of all the details! Leave the planning to us—including flight arrangements, packing lists and information about vaccines and visas. While in country, we encourage you to focus on what’s really important: being in the moment. That’s why we ensure every detail is accounted for— from world-class accommodations and meals, to in-country transportation and excursions with your local guide.
Don’t worry about the details, our team is on call to provide:
International and domestic flights on world-class airlines Our ME to WE Travel Teammembers are experts at buying the best flights and finding you the top sales on international airfare. Whether you want to fly first class, or snag the most cost-effective deal, our team can book your travel from door-to-door. Travel insurance Whether it is medical, cancellation or lost baggage (or any combination of the above), we are able to create and purchase the plan that will give you and your family peace of mind. Passport and visa information If you are unsure about what is needed to enter Kenya, we will walk you through any and all special requirements and make sure you have everything you need to begin your journey worry-free! Immunization information At ME to WE, our participants’ health is our top priority. We always recommend visiting a travel doctor a minimum of six weeks before your departure date. If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, we are happy to recommend a travel doctor that is familiar with ME to WE Trips. On-ground transportation and local guide Once you arrive in Kenya, we take care of all your transportation, so you can sit back and enjoy the vast rolling plains of the Mara unfolding in front of you. Your experienced local guide will welcome you into the communities and be an invaluable resource for in-depth information about the places and people you visit. Travel recommendations From the Mara, you are at the perfect gateway to explore either safari or sand options—both of which we are more than happy to arrange for you. Whatever you choose, we are more than happy to arrange the next leg of your journey!
Health & safety
Your safety is our top priority! We take care of all the details to ensure you stay safe and healthy throughout your trip including: • 24-hour security staff • Filtered water available at all times
“The water we will drink is filtered. The food is prepared by their own kitchen, their own chef. We have these wonderful facilitators around us that are fountains of knowledge, but they also make sure that everything is seamless.”
Donna MacFarlane ME to WE Immersive Volunteer Trip, 2013
NEW YEAR TRIP 2018-2019
Frequently asked questions
Q: Is there filtered water? A: We provide filtered water for our guests to drink. We bring jugs full of clean drinking water to our camps and then recycle them after each trip. We recommend bringing along a good water bottle that you can fill up as you head from our camp for your day trips to the community. Q: What is the weather like in Kenya? A: Because Kenya has a tropical climate, you can expect hot temperatures all year round. In December, temperatures tend to between around 24°C (75°F) and 27°C (81°F) at higher altitudes and 30°C (86°F) at lower altitudes. In the summer, it’s dry season in Kenya so temperatures are around 23°C (73°F) at higher altitudes, such as the Maasai Mara, and 28°C (82°F) at lower altitudes.
Q: What time zone is Kenya in? A: Kenya is on EAT (East African Time), and is 7 or 8 hours ahead of EST (Eastern Standard Time). Q: Can I bring gifts for the kids? A: We ask that you do not, as we work in solidarity with our partner communities. Put simply, your gift is your presence. We ask that our trip participants do not bring candy, toys or presents for community members, as we would like to promote fairness for all children. A portion of your trip cost goes to in-country communities to help support their basic needs.
Q: What should I wear while in the Maasai Mara? A: Dress will be casual for the majority of the time. There will be laundry service available during your trip, so there is no need to bring along more than the necessities. Kenyan nights can be cool (in the mid-50s °F / 10°C), so bring a lightweight jacket and heavy wool sweater with you. We have found that 100% cotton clothes are the coolest and most comfortable.
Q: Can I bring a laptop, iPad, expensive camera etc.? A: We suggest traveling as lightly as possible to minimize the risk of damage to or loss of your possessions. For essential items, Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp provides a small safe in every tent and cottage. Q: Will I have access to phone and internet while in Kenya? A: Both phone and email communication are easily accessible in Nairobi. Cell phone service is intermittently available while you are staying at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp. If you would like to have access to the Internet while staying in the Maasai Mara, we suggest getting in touch with your network provider to purchase a data plan.
Q: Will there be electricity while at Bogani and what is the voltage? A: Power at Bogani is generally available throughout the day from the local grid. At times, we rely on backup generator which would run between 6 and 11 p.m. only. During this time, you can charge your camera batteries and iPods. The voltage in Kenya is 240 V, and the electrical plugs are British- style with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade. Please make sure to bring a converter with you. We also provide a hair dryer (compatible with 240V) in each cottage and tent for your convenience. Q: Are toiletries provided at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp? A: Yes, shampoo, conditioner and soap will be provided.
Q: Is there a minimum age for the trip participants going to Kenya? A: No. We welcome guests of all ages! Whether young or old there is something for everyone. Parents of a young one? You’re in luck. Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp happily offers daycare service for your little one upon request. Q: How is the food and water at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp? A: Filtered water is always available. Food is prepared fresh daily by our chefs and adheres to the highest safety standards. We are able to accommodate all dietary requirements at Bogani, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and food allergies.
“It was an interesting day for me because so many people had a direct relationship with the graduates and had been to Kenya before. But for me— it was my first trip—I actually didn’t know how I belonged. It kind of felt like I was crashing someone’s wedding! The fact that they invited me and wanted to include me was a shock because I knew I was going to be a part of the history of girls’ education in the region. It was an honor to bear witness to it and really exciting.” Hannah Simone Kisaruni Graduation Trip 2014
Left: Hannah Simone, known for her role as “Cece” hit TV series New Girl, hanging out with mamas in the Maasai Mara during the 2014 Kisaruni Graduation.
Carol’s story “In 2011, I was lucky to be part of the team that started WE Charity’s first all-girls high school in Kenya. It is a different type of school, a departure from the norm. We offer a strong curriculum which encourages inquisitiveness and full engagement of the learner in every aspect of the learning process, as well as life skills in general. In the past four years, seeing the transformation in the girls—from being shy and timid to developing the confidence to stand tall, be confident, believe in themselves and create change in their communities—has been the highlight of my career.
Visiting the families of the learners who have had a chance to learn at Kisaruni and would not have otherwise attended high school, and listening to their parents speak about the hope brought to their families, is now my inspiration to keep getting better at what I do. Positive change is sweeping through these communities and every single day is better than the last.” Carol Moraa Principal at Kisaruni Girls Secondary School
“My name is Diana Chelangat Tuimising. I am 17 years old, the youngest in a family of 11. I’m from the community of Salabwek. Kisaruni Group of Schools has changed my life. Just like my elder sisters, I had no hope of joining secondary school. It was always a challenge at home for us to get food and other basic needs, so my parents couldn’t provide school supplies or pay for school fees. Now, a bright future is visible. I know that I’ll be able to achieve my dreams. Diana’s story
What I like most about Oleleshwa Campus is the first pillar of the school philosophy which is ‘being community.’ This pillar has impacted my life a lot. I have learned to live with everybody peacefully and to share what I have with others. Above all, the other learners have always raised me up when I’m down emotionally, or going through hard times in life.” Diana Chelangat Tuimising Graduated from Kisaruni Girls Secondary School in December 2017
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