Join AJWS on a journey to Kenya and immerse yourself in stirring landscapes and vibrant culture. Along with President and CEO Robert Bank, you will begin your trip in Nairobi, Kenya’s “beating heart,” a thrilling multicultural city with natural beauty and bustling metropolitan life. Then, in the cosmopolitan port town of Mombasa, you’ll find an intoxicating blend of cultural, religious and historic influences that guide this ancient city into the 21st century.
During a week of learning, connecting and exploring, witness the resilience of human rights defenders who are promoting equality for people who face rampant poverty and discrimination. Meet indigenous farmers fighting to preserve access to their lands, LGBTI people who are collaborating with religious and communal leaders to combat intolerance and hate, and women who engage in sex work to support themselves and their families, facing violence from local authorities and stigma in their communities.
You’ll experience Kenya intimately—engaging in open dialogue with local changemakers and human rights experts, visiting open-air Maasai markets, and spending an afternoon with orphaned elephants and endangered giraffes—all while gaining insight into the challenges of securing human rights in this complex country. Together with likeminded global citizens, you’ll learn how you can support Kenyan activists in their mission to repair their homeland.
Along the southern coast of Kenya, visit communities whose ancestral lands have been seized by salt production companies that are severely harming the natural environment. Learn how AJWS grantee Malindi Rights Forum is supporting indigenous people to advocate for their rights and aiding local farmers to combat the impacts of climate change in this resource-rich region.
Meet AJWS grantee Jinsiangu, a group defending Kenya’s persecuted sexual minorities—including trans, intersex, and gender non-conforming people. Using art, community outreach, counseling and advocacy, Jinsiangu is building public awareness and fostering respect and dignity.
Try your hand at African drumming with the local artists who are promoting the traditional arts and entertainment of East Africa through performances, cultural exchanges and workshops.
If you’d like to spend more time in Kenya, join us on an optional safari extension at Kichwa Tembo lodge, from October 21 – 24! Skirting the Sabaringo River on the edge of the Oloololo escarpment, Kichwa Tembo overlooks the plains of the Masai Mara, offering total seclusion and access to abundant wildlife. With welcoming staff, expert safari guides, and elegant Maasai-inspired luxury tents, experience Kenya’s magnificent natural beauty at one of the country’s most beloved safari lodges.
TRIP COST (EXCLUDING INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE)
Dates: October 14 – October 21, 2018*
Cost: $5,975 based on double occupancy ($1,000 single supplement)
OPTIONAL SAFARI EXTENSION
Dates: October 21 – October 24, 2018*
Cost: $3,925 based on double occupancy ($870 single supplement)
Preference is given to first-time travelers. Priority registration ends July 16, 2018.
*Dates do not include international travel.