Humanitarian Trip to Kenya
August 3rd – 17th, 2004

There is a place near Chyulu, south of Nairobi, some like to call the “miracle well.”  (Read the Meridian article here). It is a project started by Bob and Susan Roylance that has literally made the desert there blossom as a rose.  Dry, parched earth has given way to lush fruitful fields and a people once threatened by famine are now a shining example to other villages around them.  Hard work and the faith of a small group of Saints have brought water from the ground and great blessings from the heavens.

How about spending your vacation this year doing something that can really make a difference in people’s lives?  Meridian Magazine is partnering with Reach the Children to take a group of volunteers to Kenya, Africa to help build a school for elementary school children and to spend time with the Saints of Chyulu to see their miracle well.  We will be working side by side with villagers near Makindu to help construct classrooms for their children. Our work efforts and donations will bring educational opportunities to an impoverished community and with it renewed hope and promise.  Not only will we be seeing Africa, we will be experiencing it first hand and come to know some of the very real challenges it faces. This expedition will be the learning opportunity of a lifetime and our participants will see up close some of the complex and tough issues facing developing nations and how one can truly make a difference.

We will attend church in the small, rural community of Chyulu and experience the church in one of the remote regions of the earth. The following Sunday we will visit with our brothers and sisters in the capital city of Nairobi.  Be prepared for a spiritual feast and to be called upon to participate in an after church fireside.  We will gain lifelong friendships and cherished memories. 

Not all of the trip will be work.  The Great Rift Valley, the purported birthplace of humanity runs through central Kenya and is famous for the archeological digs of the Leakeys.   Kenya is a country of great diversity and stunning beauty.  It is a county of spectacular contrasts in people, land, wealth, climate, flora and animal life.  We will spend time in the wild animal parks, home to some of the most exotic and beautiful animals in the world and we are guaranteed to see many of them; lions, elephants, giraffes, leopards, rhinoceroses, baboons, zebras, flamingos, impala, etc.

The trip will wrap up with a visit to a Maasai village, the symbol of tribal Kenya, and a cultural experience with the locals.  We will get a chance to taste alligator and giraffe meat at a well-known restaurant, catch the City Market in Nairobi where we can fill our bags with well-crafted and unusual souvenirs.

You can make a difference.  One person with vision and love can change a nation.  “Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.” (D&C 64:33).  We may not change a nation, but we can help a little, and this coming August, we intend to do just that.  We would love to have you join us for this extraordinary humanitarian trip.

 For more details and information on the trip visit here


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