Project#:

Country: Kenya

Dates:

Length: Short and Long Term

Minimum Education: High School Equivalency

Cost:

Description:

The Hope Anew Children’s Center serves children and families from a nearby slum by providing many services, a clean place to learn, and opportunities to hear the Bible presented in a fun way which touches hearts. Those in this slum live in great poverty and few have dreams of a better life. Go and be light & salt in this dark place. These people are precious to God and need a smiling face and open arms of love. We pray many of these kids will become good parents, some will become pastors, evangelists and church planters.

Cultural Information:

African religions are typically based on natural phenomena and reverence to ancestors. The dead are presumed to merely transform into another state of being and capable of bringing good fortune or calamity to the living. Most religious rites are therefore centered on appeasing the dead through sacrifices and proper burial rites. The dead's wishes must also be followed to the letter.

Followers of traditional Kikuyu religion believe Ngai resides on Mt. Kenya and say their prayers facing the mountain. Followers of traditional Mijikenda religion have their holy shrines in the forests where they offer sacrifices and pray.

The Maasai, Turkana, Samburu and Pokot tribes also have significant numbers of persons adhering exclusively to traditional African religions.

Geographic Information:

The geography of Kenya is diverse, varying amongst Kenya's 47 Counties. Kenya has a coastline on the Indian Ocean, which contains swamps of East African mangroves. Inland are broad plains and numerous hills.

Central and Western Kenya is characterized by the Kenyan Rift Valley and central province home to the highest mountain, Mount Kenya and Mount Elgon on the border between Kenya and Uganda. The Kakamega Forest in western Kenya is a relic of an East African rainforest. Much bigger is Mau Forest, the largest forest complex in East Africa.

Health Considerations:

Among the shots required for a visit to Kenya is the immunization shot against Yellow fever. There is a risk of yellow fever transmission in some regions in Kenya. As such, a certificate that acts as proof of a yellow fever vaccination is compulsory for visitors over one-year-old coming from those countries with the risk of the transmission of yellow fever. The certificate is usually valid throughout the life of the holder. Most visitors to Kenya are advised to also take vaccinations against these diseases: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A.

Equipment to Bring:

Basic essentials, Comfortable, lightweight, and casual clothes (if you are on a safari, neutral is best, bright and bold is not), Comfortable and strong shoes or boots, Brimmed hat, Sunscreen, Insect repellent.