ESTIMATED COST: $1,000 (less airfare)
OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES
This service trip will involve:
Below is the tentative schedule for the trip, but we approach this with flexibility because our ultimate focus is on relationships. Please note: Any PDF itineraries attached to this web site (see below) reflect the most current daily schedule and should serve to replace the following bullet points.
LODGING & FOOD
Where We Stay & What We Eat
We will be staying in local hotels and eating in approved restaurants.
What to Bring
Transportation consists of land cruiser and/or local trucks and vans. There is also opportunity to walk around the village and local landmarks.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Helping Hands International recommends you follow those health and safety recommendations readily published by the CDC and Travel Alert program offered by the US State Department, as well as those recommended by your personal physician. COVID-19 testing varies by Country and may be necessary before this trip departure and before returning to the USA. Please note, if you take prescription medicines, please check with your local pharmacist to ensure the medicines are not considered a controlled substance in the location you are traveling.
Please be sure to read specific passport and visa requirements listed here, per the U.S. State Department. U.S. and Canadian citizen (adult or child): Must have a current passport with the expiration date no later than 6 months of your return date. All other countries (not a US citizen): Current passport, plus B-2 Visitor’s visa or current green card. Each person will be asked to obtain a visa for our trip when they arrive in Kenya. The cost is $50 cash.
“Rakwaro is a remote village located in the Northwest portion of Kenya, specifically near the shores of Lake Victoria.
Transportation in the village largely consists of walking and bicycling.
With help from the locals, Helping Hands International has been able to sponsor the Christian Dream School and the Child Sponsorship program in this area, which benefits approximately 70 families and has more than 100 children.
These students receive regular meals, school uniforms and the good news of the gospel.”
– Ron Ashpole, HHI Founder & President
Helping Hands International, Inc. supports this local village through a Child Sponsorship Program, fresh water, agricultural projects and annual Christmas Party!
Helping Hands International has been serving in this location for over 15 years, thanks to the pioneering work of Dick and Jane Hamilton, who began their missionary work there more than 25 years ago.
Over the past several years Dick and Jane were able to witness and share the gospel with thousands of people while they lived in the community with the local people.
They also had the opportunity to build a mission base in the village that is still being used today by Helping Hands International for yearly projects.
Over the years, our non-profit installed a brand new community well with a holding tank, a solar pump, and made water accessible for the entire village (consisting of hundreds of people), completely changing the community.
During 2019, we were able to send a team of 12 people to the village to renovate a local medical clinic, which was put in years ago by Dick and Jane, to ensure it was in a usable state again.
In 2020, we were happy to announce a new full-time Nurse working in the clinic, which was again life changing for the village and the surrounding area, because it is one of the only options for people seeking medical help within 75 miles!
Helping Hands International, Inc. has partnered with Mike Hyodo, long term missionary. We support the Mcedo Beijing School in the Mathare slums in Nairobi, Kenya in 2019 by helping them drill a borehole, which generated a new well that ultimately provided clean water for hundreds of local students and families.