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Rafiki Tours

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Hello all

I am very happy to say that I have been speaking with Mama Africa/Rafiki about the way forward for the first of, hopefully many, Rafiki Tours in Africa.

We propose that the first tour (2009) be organised for the 1st October 2009 to the 15th October 2009.

The cost will be $500US for 2 weeks which will cover food and accommodation, travel around in Africa and a safari tour. You will also have the cost of travel to Kenya and home of course.

We propose that we will have time to see some of Africa, where the Rafikis live, spend a day in the life of the Rafikis, hold workshops and share stories, skills and information.

We also hope to have a night of celebration of dancing, singing, fun and laughter.

If this is something that you would love to be a part of then please we would love to hear from you.

We hope this to be the first of many tours and to evolve into so much more. Mama Africa also mentioned the possibility of the opportunity to help build a home for a mother and her children.

I look forward to your responses.

In love and light always
Jataia

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CoachMarcie's picture

Love this idea

Jataia,

I maybe interested in going. Can we hear a little more about it? Love, Marcie

Best,
Marcie

JaniceW's picture

Hooray!

Jataia and mamaAfrica,
I am so excited about this! I am not sure I will be available then but wish you all the best for the Inaugural Tour. I know that many will be interested, if not for the first one, then for the future. You'll be receiving many questions and I think it might be helpful to include the following information:

-- How one will get from the nearest international airport to the volunteer site? What will that cost be and how long would it take?
-- What is the weather like around that time?
-- Is there an age restriction i.e. volunteers must be 18 years of age or older?
-- For the Kenyan authorities, what expiration date is required for volunteers to have on their valid passport ?
-- Are volunteers required to obtain visas?
-- Should volunteers receive any vaccinations before travelling to Kenya?
-- Is a deposit required to reserve a place?

Please let me know if there is anything I can help you with. I am thrilled for you as it seems that indeed, Jataia, you have jumped right in. I love it!

jataia's picture

Information for tour

Hello Janice
We have considered and discussed the questions you put forward and we wanted to put the proposal out to the members first to see what kind of response we would get first. So far it is looking good :)
We chose October as it is still good weather at that time. I did feel that it may be a little soon however to organise for around the same time next year seems so far away. So we will start small and see it evolve. Keep it simple as they say :)
Mama Africa will be organising things from that end as she already has all the contacts and information.
I will find out more information about visas and vaccinations etc and let everyone know as soon as possible.
Mama Africa says she can pick us all up from Nairobi airport and take us to the mission house. She will organise the transport as needed. We can buy bottled water and food before we go to the villages and take it with us.
THe plan so far is;
to wait for everyone to arrive, which may take one or two days,
then go on a safari tour
go to the village, meet and greet and get settled (accommodation and food is part of the package)
spend a day in the life of the women
pamper day for the women of the village by the visiting women
hold workshops ( visitors teach women of the village and vice versa)
have a night of celebrations

This is of course plans in progress so it will evolve as soon as we know how many Rafikis or members of the World Pulse would like to attend.

We welcome any suggestions for this Tour as it is the first of many we hope and would love to have input for all of the talented women that are members of World Pulse/Rafiki Club.

This is for all of us to be a part of including the organising should you wish to.

I hope this is enough information for now and will get back with answers for the rest of the questions.

In love and light always
Jataia

jataia's picture

Travel warnings to Kenya

Hello
Looking into visa information etc for the Rafiki Tour to Kenya I also checked out the Smart Traveller website (Australian Govt website) .
I was very dissappointed to read the following;
We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Kenya at this time due to the high risk of terrorist attack, civil unrest and high crime levels.
Pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks.
We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the Nairobi suburbs of Kibera, Mathare, Kasirani and Eastleigh due to high crime levels.
We strongly advise you not to travel to the border regions with Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia because of the extremely dangerous security situation. Cross border violence occurs, including kidnapping, armed banditry, and violent tribal and clan disputes.
Recent credible reports suggest that militants may be planning to kidnap Westerners working in Kenya, particularly along the border with Somalia. In November 2008, two Westerners were kidnapped on the Kenyan side of the Somali border and taken into Somalia
Australians in Kenya should be aware that the travel advice for Somalia strongly recommends Australians Do Not Travel to Somalia, due to the high risk of kidnapping, terrorism and violence. Kenya's border with Somalia is closed due to increased instability in Somalia. See also Somalia travel advice.
We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks against a range of targets in Kenya, including places frequented by foreigners. Foreign embassies, hotels and commercial airlines in Kenya have been targeted by terrorists in the past and remain potential targets. For further details see the Terrorism section below.
Due to heightened security concerns, staff at the Australian High Commission in Nairobi have been advised to exercise greater vigilance and security measures have been increased.
You should avoid all protests and demonstrations as they may turn violent.
Since April 2008, cult members of the Mungiki sect have caused violent riots and erected illegal road blocks in Nairobi, Nakuru, Naivasha, Limuru and Eldoret. See Safety and Security: Civil Unrest/Political Tension for details.
Violent crime against Westerners, including armed carjacking and home invasions, occurs frequently in and around Nairobi.

I feel it would be remiss of me not to supply this information for all people to make up their own minds about he security situation and if they want to travel to Kenya at this time. Some people feel it is still safe to travel there however I feel that I need to reconsider at this time. I have had a few sleepless nights about this as I am very excited about a Rafiki Tour, however, the security of the country really needs to be considered.
I know that some of the Rifikis have travelled there already without any trouble. It is up to the individual of course to make that decision and I felt very strongly that I needed to advise everyone of the situation as the Australian Governent views it.
Does anyone else have any information on the security of Kenya?
I would appreciate any other information about this at this time.
In love and light always
Jataia

Darcey's picture

Love it!!

I will definitely be watching for details...if not for this first, then another, especially if I can take my daughter with me.
Darcey
thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

JaniceW's picture

U.S. Department of State Warning

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_923.html

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Kenya. American citizens in Kenya and those considering travel to Kenya should evaluate their personal security situation in light of continuing threats from terrorism and the high rate of violent crime. This replaces the Travel Warning of August 22, 2008, to note increased security concerns in northeast Kenya near the Somali border.

The U.S. Government continues to receive indications of potential terrorist threats aimed at American, Western, and Kenyan interests in Kenya. Terrorist acts could include suicide operations, bombings, kidnappings, attacks on civil aviation, and attacks on maritime vessels in or near Kenyan ports. Many of those responsible for the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in 1998 and on a hotel in Mombasa in 2002 remain at large and continue to operate in the region. In November 2008, armed groups based in Somalia crossed into Kenya near the town of El Wak and kidnapped two Westerners. Travel by U.S. Embassy personnel to border areas of Kenya northeast of the town of Wajir has been restricted until further notice.

jataia's picture

Rafiki Tour update

Hello everybody

Thank you to everyone that responded to the idea of the Rafiki Tours. It is a fantastic opportunity for the women in Africa and the women around the world to connect in a very real way.
I am still very excited about it, however, it will need to be postponed until next year for a variety of reasons.There is a lot to organise in a very short amount of time and the logistics of it make it challenging at this time also.
To make this fabulous event a resounding success we have decided to postpone to a date in the New Year which will give it the time needed to organise and give people time to save and organise etc. We would love to see as many Rafikis there as possible and we feel this is giving the event the best possible chance of success.
With everything in order we pray that such an event and travel to Africa will prove to be a wonderful, fun, easy and safe trip by all.
Anyone wishing to help with this event is more than welcome to come on board with the organisers.
Any ideas are most appreciated also.
All I can say for now is "Watch this space"!
In love and light always
Jataia

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