Visiting IcFEM

Interchristian Fellowships' Evangelical Mission (IcFEM)

 

Welcome to IcFEM, Kimilili, Kenya

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We welcome visitors from any country to visit us in Kimilili to see what we are doing and learn about the community transformation process. Whilst you are welcome to visit for only a few days it takes approximately two weeks to see the breadth of what we do. We are happy for you to combine a visit with seeing the many of the other wonderful things in Kenya like the local Kakamega rain forest, the flamingos at Lake Nakuru or the Masai Mara.

 

 

Introduction to Kimilili ↓

Kimilili is about 50 miles (80 km) North of the Equator, at an altitude of about 5600 ft above sea level. Days can be hot, but nights are always reasonably cool. A normal temperature is about 25°C, but it can drop well below 20°C at night. It can reach 40°C in the daytime, but this is unlikely if you are here during July to August because it is ‘Winter' in Kimilili. If you do come within these months you might need a cardigan or sweater, and a jacket for the nights and mornings.

Almost everything you might want is available in Kenya at a price e.g. imported breakfast cereals are a luxury item, but you can get locally made Weetabix and cornflakes. The same applies to chocolate.

Here in Kimilili, we have a small, well stocked, supermarket where you can buy bottled water, bathroom slippers (flip-flops), soap, toothpaste, candles, umbrellas, torches, batteries, etc. If your mobile phone is not locked, you can put in a Kenyan SIM Card and text to Europe for 10/- (under 10 pence). If it is very wet, gumboots are not expensive and clothes for both men and women can be made inexpensively and quickly.

The sunlight here is very strong so we advise you to shade yourself from the sun at all times. It is best to leave jewellery (except watches and wedding rings) at home.

During your stay, you will experience both flush toilets and pit latrines. It won't take you long to get used to the latter. In the guesthouse we have the flush toilets and plenty of toilet paper!

If you want to go out, you will either brave public transport or hire a taxi. The mission vehicles are few and it is hard to spare one. However we shall meet you from Kitale Airstrip, which is about 45 minutes from Kimilili. Locally, you can move around on bicycle taxis (boda boda) which have padded seats.

Whatever you normally do at home, please kindly note that there is no smoking and no drinking of alcohol allowed by any of the Mission workers. Sadly, alcohol and addiction has ruined too many families in the area.

From the guest house to the Mission HQ is a short walk. Dreamland is about 3 km from guesthouse. Our working day is from 8 am to 5 pm with one hour for lunch, Monday to Friday.

There is 240volt mains electricity with UK 13amp square pinned sockets in the HQ and the guest house. Dreamland Hospital has recently been connected but the DEC Primary School and some of our staff houses are not connected as yet. The supply of electricity is frequently interrupted.

Information about Facilities in Kimilili Town Itself↓

  • There is one tarmac road running through Kimilili and most of the shops are situated on this road.
  • There is a small satellite Bank, a branch of Kenya Commercial Bank, with one ATM but no FOREX Facilities. The other nearest ATMs are in Webuye (2 ATMs) and Bungoma (2 ATMs), both of which are about a 45-minute journey using public transport.
  • Mains electricity is limited to the town itself and a few rural places as the Rural Electrification Project grows.
  • Kimilili has a few small supermarkets and a bigger one is under construction.
  • We have a Post Office but Customs clearance is usually done in Kisumu, a 2.5 hour drive away.
  • There are nearly 80 churches.
  • We have very little light pollution here in Kimilili and therefore there are wonderful views of the stars.

Transport ↓

Kimilili has various means of public transport;

Bus – it is possible to use a bus to get to major places. Nairobi can be reached by overnight bus or a day bus. The day bus to Nairobi is a very spectacular journey, crossing the equator at an altitude of over 9000 ft.

Matatu – these are usually 14 seater minibuses and may travel long distances as well as short ones.

Boda boda (bicycle taxis)- these are very common and the passenger sits on a padded seat on the back.

The Education System ↓

  • The public schools in Kenya are those run by the State. As a result of free primary schools there are large class sizes. This is one of the reasons why we need private schools here in Kimilili.
  • There are five categories of primary school -
    • Day Primaries, which make up the majority of schools
    • Boarding schools, divided into low, medium and high cost
    • Arid Zone primary schools
  • Primary education in government schools became free in January 2003 and Secondary Education became free in January 2008.
  • Depending on the amount of government support, secondary schools are classed as maintained, assisted, or private.
  • There is also a category of "harambee schools", which are generally set up when a community feels that places at government schools are inadequate.
  • Secondary schools are also defined as being National, Provincial or District level.
  • All good rural Secondary Schools are Government boarding schools. Kenya has realized that boarding schools have consistently preformed well compared to non-boarding schools and this is one of the reasons for there being more boarding schools than non-boarding.
  • The leading university is the University of Nairobi. Other state universities include Kenyatta University and Moi University. There are also some 13 private universities. However students have to wait a long time between finishing school and getting a university place (usually 2 years).

Things you take for granted in the UK↓

Mains electricity and water – most Mission staff, including some Assistant Directors, do not have power or running water in their homes.

Telephones – Kimilili exchange is poor and landlines are rare and unreliable. Mobile phones are very common. For many rural people, a mobile is the first phone they have ever used.

Water – many people outside town carry their water from an outside tap, a protected spring or a river. The mains water supply can run dry, especially in the dry season. Water is precious and therefore should not to be wasted.

Administration and Government↓

The administration of Kenya is divided into eight Provinces each headed by a Presidentially appointed Provincial Commissioner. These Provinces are subdivided into Districts which are headed by the District Commissioner (DC). The Districts are then subdivided into Divisions which are headed by the District Officer (DO). The Division are subdivided into Locations and are headed by the Chief and then there comes the Sub Locations which are headed by the Assistant Chief. The Sub Locations are then divided into Villages and these are headed by the Village Elders.

The Nairobi Area is not included in any District or Province. These Districts and Provinces are supervised by the government. The eight Provinces are Central, Coast, Eastern, Nairobi Area, North Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley and the Western Province. Kenya elects on national level a Head of State (The President) and a Legislature. The President is elected for a five-year term by the people. The National Assembly has 224 members, 210 members elected for a five-year term in single-seat constituencies, 12 members appointed and 2 ex official members. Kenya has a multi-party system, with two dominant political parties.

At the present time (January 2008) the Local Government System is the following: Bungoma North District has 2 Divisions which includes Kimilili Division. The Kimilili Division has 4 Locations which are divided into 8 Sub Locations. These 8 Sub Locations have an estimated 158 villages within them. The population of the Kimilili Division stands at around 113,000 people.

Poverty in the Area↓

The poor make up slightly more than half the population of Kenya. Women make up the majority of the poor and also the absolute majority of Kenyans. Three-quarters of the poor live in rural areas. The bulk of them are located within the highly populated belt stretching South to South-East from Lake Victoria to the Coast which straddles the rail and road corridors. The fight against poverty, ignorance and disease has been a major goal of the Government since independence. However, the evidence shows that efforts to-date have been inadequate and the growth of poverty is on the increase.

Living Conditions↓

You will soon notice the difference in living conditions between home and Kenya. A lot of the houses here have outside kitchens and toilets. The toilets are pit latrines (long drop toilets). However this doesn't apply to the guesthouse where you will be staying. Every room has an en suite toilet, shower and wash basin. The mosquito nets are provided with every bed. You might be staying in a single or a double bedroom which have single or bunk beds. We do not have washing machines here, which means that you can either wash your clothes yourself or the staff may wash for you except for underwear.

Flight Details↓

Visitors are expected to make their own flight arrangements to Kitale but we can help book the Nairobi to Kitale flight. We have reliable taxi contacts in Nairobi and can recommend safe reasonably priced places to stay. Once you have chosen the flights, you will need to send us your flight details so we know when to pick you up from the airport. A charge is made for his transfer from the airport. It would be good to keep in touch with IcFEM by email so we know how your arrangements are going.

The flight between London and Nairobi takes about 8 hours. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Kenya Airways have flights to and from Nairobi daily. The flight from Nairobi to Kitale is every afternoon. Please do not arrive on a Sunday.

Travel Advice ↓ ↓

Advice for travel booking ↓

  • You may want to consider buying a ticket with a flexible return date so that if you have to return earlier or later it can be arranged with minimum fuss. There is a cost involved but it is worth shopping around for value.
  • Although not necessarily cheaper travelling direct rather than with stopovers reduces the risk of things going wrong and luggage misplaced.
  • Allow enough time at Nairobi for transfer to your next flight.
  • The times of the Nairobi to Kitale, Eldoret and Kisumu flights are subject to change and are not necessarily the same each day. IcFEM prefer to pick you up from Kitale. If you decide to come through Kisumu Airport please choose the morning flight as the drive in late afternoon and evening is not easy as the light fails and the road is poor.
  • We ask that, once you have found the proposed flight dates and time of the arrival in Kitale, Eldoret or Kisumu, that you email us to make sure it is convenient for the Mission before you finalise your booking. Most agents allow you to make a provisional booking and will hold it for a number of days.
  • You should not make any booking which involves arriving or departing on Sunday.
  • The prices change all year round, they tend to increase in price when it is a school holiday in the UK, so if you are not bound by school or university terms, etc it is an advantage and also wait till there is not a public holiday. These are defined as high and low seasons, which are published on the flight companies website.

Visa Details↓

IcFEM does not organise your visa for you, so you will need to do that before you depart. Do not leave it to the last minute, because there can be some delays, and it can take longer than the 5 working days suggested by the Kenya High Commission offices. Although you can always get the visa at the airport, this is not advisable because the queues can be long. Also, if you have a connecting flight you might miss the flight. IcFEM advises you to apply for a visa two months before departure.

Information about visas including application forms can be obtained from www.kenyahighcommission.com

If you still have queries email immigration@kenyahighcommission.net.

UK Personal applications can be made to Kenyan High Commission, 45 Portland Place, London W1B 1AS. Tel: 020 7636 2371-5.

Medical Information↓

IcFEM Tips for a healthy travel:

  • Visit your nurse or doctor to discuss the required vaccinations as soon as you know you will be travelling.
  • When you travel take a well stocked first aid kit, your nurse or doctor will know what aid you will need to take with you.
  • You always need to take around with you a bottle of water which has been boiled or sterilised. If you are not sure about the water when you are offered it then drink your own water or ask.
  • Eat fresh food. You will have no problems with the food you are served at the guesthouse where you will be staying during your time with IcFEM.
  • Always use sun cream, with insect repellent, when you're exposed to the sun for long periods of time especially during 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, re-apply the sun cream every two hours and use the appropriate strength.
  • Kenya is a hot climate and it is very easy to dehydrate, so you need to drink plenty of fluids.

Vaccinations – it is essential to take advice from your GP or Practice Nurse, at least 6 weeks before departure.

They are likely to recommend the following:

Yellow Fever (Certificate)

Diphtheria & Tetanus

Hepatitis A & Typhoid Combined

Hepatitis B

Meningitis C

Polio

BCG

Rabies (optional as there is no evidence of rabies and antiserum is available locally)

Malaria Tablets

Malaria:

Malaria is widespread in many tropical and subtropical countries and is a serous and sometimes fatal disease. However you cannot be vaccinated against malaria, but you can be protected in three ways.

Avoidance of Bites:

Mosquitoes can spread malaria, yellow fever, dengue and Japanese B encephalitis. Mosquitoes can bite at any time, but the main period of time they bite is during the evening.

How can you prevent been bitten:

  • Wear long sleeved clothing and long trousers or skirts in the evening.
  • Spray insect repellent on your skin especially if you are wearing thin clothing, because they can bite through it.
  • Spray insect repellent or killer in the room.
  • Use sun cream with insect repellent.
  • Always use the mosquito net when sleeping, even when it is just a short sleep. Mosquito nets are provided in every room where you will be staying.

Taking Anti Malaria Tablets:

All of the tablets available require you to start before you travel, however check with your doctor or nurse on the length which is required as they are all different. Follow the instructions strictly, preferably with or after a meal. It is important to carry on taking the tablets once you have returned from your travels to cover the incubation period of the disease. It is usually 4 weeks after you have returned, but different drugs have different time periods.

Even if you follow all these tips it does not mean that you are totally protected. So if you do get bitten and/or come down with a fever between one week or 2 years after first exposure you should seek medical attention and tell the doctor that you have been in a malaria area.

Yellow Fever:

This certificate is valid only if the vaccine used has been approved by the World Health Organisation and if the vaccinating centre has been designated by the health administration for the territory in which that centre is situated.

The validity of the certificate lasts 10 years, beginning 10 days after the date of vaccination. The certificate must be signed in his own hand by a medical practitioner or other person authorised by the National Health Administration. The stamp is not an accepted substitute for his signature. Any amendment of this certificate, or erasure, or failure to complete any part of it may render it invalid.

Travel Insurance Policies↓

The insurance policy that you take out must cover medical, death, luggage loss, personal, accident and personal liability. Some travel insurance companies have a maximum of 6 months and they do not insure you for doing manual work or working with children. So IcFEM have looked into specialist insurance to provide the best cover for this type of travel and visitor or gap/volunteer work ( www.saltinsurance.co.uk , www.masterpolicy.co.uk ). Visitors must make sure that any policy they prefer will provide them with similar cover to the same level and standard as that suggested by IcFEM as many policies do not cover this sort of activity abroad. Failure to heed this advice is at your own risk.

Insurance Checklist:

Be sure your policy includes;

  • Luggage loss
  • Personal
  • Accident
  • Personal Liability
  • All medical bills
  • An air ambulance, in case you need to be flown home
  • Bringing the body home, in the event of the death

Drugs:

  • Do not carry parcels or luggage through customs for other people
  • Do not cross land borders with people you do not know e.g. hitch hikers.
  • Bring sufficient supplies of medication that you may need
  • Carry a doctor's prescription for any medication just in case.

Money↓

  • Make sure you have enough to cover emergencies
  • Carry only as much as you need for the day or give it to a friend to look after.
  • Check all expiry dates on debit and credit cards.
  • Particularly for longer stays, consider giving bank details to family member in case cash needs to be transferred.
  • Take at least two debit cards with you. This will allow you to access money if one of the cards has been cancelled, etc so that you always have enough money. Visa cards are preferred.
  • Do not take all your money in cash take debit cards, etc.
  • Bring contact details for your credit and bank card companies.

Tickets↓

  • Particularly for longer stays, buy a return ticket which can be changed at any time, it might cost an extra 30 GBP but its worth it just in case anything happens.
  • Keep you tickets in a safe place when you arrive at IcFEM, ask the Director to keep them in the safe. Copy your e-ticket to your internet mail account.
  • Allow plenty of time between connecting flights.

Passports & Visas↓

  • Check that your passport is valid for six months after your return date just in case anything goes wrong, and make a note of its number, date and place of issue.
  • Take another means of identification e.g. drivers licence and take at least two passport photos just in case.
  • Take a photocopy of your passport and again ask the Director if he could keep the passport safe for you.
  • If you drive in Kenya you must carry your passport and driving licence for police inspection.

Warnings↓

  • When travelling be very careful about accepting food and drink from strangers.
  • When dealing with officials at customs, banks government, offices, police road blocks, etc things can take longer than they would do in the UK, so be calm, polite and patient.
  • Be careful how you dress so that you avoid giving the wrong signals. Females should wear a calf length skirt with no low neck tops. Males should wear trousers and not shorts in public. You do not want to be mistaken for a rich tourist, mercenary/ spy or available for sex.
  • Do not travel or go sight seeing if there is political unrest in the area. Stay at home. Always ask our advice.
  • Never carry any package in your luggage unless you know what is in it.
  • If you go anywhere it is advisable that you take a resident or an IcFEM staff member.
  • Be careful when taking photographs. There have been incidents before with soldiers asking for the camera because a visitor has taken a photo of them. So we advise you not to take any photos of airports, soldiers, barracks, or any place guarded by soldiers. When you take photographs ask locally for advice and make sure that the person who you are taking the photo of agrees. Some people ask to be paid for having their photograph taken. You should avoid encouraging this practice.

Packing List↓

Pre-Departure Check:

  • Medical Check Up
  • Dental Check Up
  • Passport– valid for at least six months after period away
  • Kenya Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • English Money for airport when arrival back to the UK
  • A small amount of Kenyan currency (50 Pounds worth of KSH), Debit or Credit Cards (more than one). You can usually get Kenya currency with a debit/credit card at the Airport on arrival.
  • Vaccinations
  • Medication – Anti-malaria tablets, First aid kit, etc
  • Extra Passport Photos – You will need them if you want to extend your Kenyan Visa (two passport photographs are required)
  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate
  • Survival kit for aeroplane – toiletries, spare clothes, etc in case luggage is lost including sun cream and insect repellent for use immediately on arrival.

Extras↓

  • Inform the bank that you will be using your debit card or credit card in Kenya.
  • For long periods of arrange for family member to pay any bills when you're away to reduce interest costs.
  • If you are using a UK mobile phone in Kenya, ring your mobile company and make sure it will work in Kenya. If it is a contract phone ensure a family member will pay the bill in your absence or if it is pay-as-you-go ensure you can top it up while in Kenya (tip – give your family the E-Top Up card and they can add money to your phone)

However it is advisable to unlock your phone and buy a Kenyan SIM Card. This way is a lot cheaper, and you can buy them from Kimilili and get the phone unlocked locally.

Luggage↓

Your Luggage allowance is likely to range from 20 kg to 46 kg so IcFEM recommend that you check this with your airline before you depart. You do not want to pack anything unnecessary but you do not want to leave anything necessary behind, so do not leave the packing to the last minute and think about everything you put in your luggage. Consider using a camping rucksack because with this you can carry them around easily and you can fit a lot in them. You should also take a hand luggage with toiletries, details of who you are staying with and other documentation etc. Obviously all your valuables e.g. camera, money should be in your hand luggage. Return to top

Documentation↓

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Insurance Details
  • Health Certificates – Yellow Fever
  • Records of Vaccinations
  • Photocopies of all the above
  • Driving licence/Photocopy of Driving License
  • Two spare Passport Photos
  • Address and telephone number of Mission
  • UK Student Discount Card – For discounts in Kenyan National Parks.
  • It is advisable that you leave photocopies of key documents, including insurance, with a family member, and give them the details of where and with whom you are staying. Keep copies separate from the originals.

Medical↓

Medical:

  • Mosquito repellent cream or spray (mosquito nets are supplied)
  • High protection sun tan cream and after sun moisturizers with insect repellent.
  • Anti Malarial tablets, paracetamol (available and cheap in Kimilili).
  • Antiseptic Cream, Antihistamine Cream, Savlon, Plasters, TCP, Travel Sickness Tablets
  • Any Prescription medicines you may need.
  • Contact Lenses if you need them, and a pair of spectacles because it can be dusty and you may have problems with the contact lenses. (bring a copy of your optical prescription)
  • First Aid Kit

Toiletries ↓

  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, razor, blades, travel wash, deodorant, shower gel, nail scissors (no sharp objects in hand luggage)
  • Wet wipes, tissues and towels.
  • Sanitary towels/ tampons. (available and cheap in Kimilili)

Clothes ↓

  • Two pairs of trainers/ one for manual work
  • One pair of Sandals/ flip flops (flip flops are very cheap here)
  • Cap or hat to shade your head from the sun
  • Sun glasses
  • Set of oldish clothes for manual work and pair of tough gloves
  • Couple of sweaters because it can get cold during the evening and the wet season
  • Lightweight waterproofs
  • Appropriately modest nightwear

Clothes – Males:

  • Combat or camping trousers/not shorts – easy to clean and dry. Jeans, not ideal as tend to be too hot anyway and difficult to dry
  • Casual shirts – preferably no logos or expensive branded goods
  • One pair of shoes for more formal occasions
  • Shirt and tie for formal meetings and church services

Clothes – Female:

  • Calf length dresses (remember these can be cheaply and quickly made at the tailoring shop). Trousers and shorts should not be worn for cultural reasons.
  • Tops which are not low neck and cover the shoulders. Easy to wash and dry – preferably no logos or expensive branded goods
  • One pair of sandals for more formal occasions

This list is just a rough guide for you. Loose fitting clothes are more comfortable and cotton clothes are also more comfortable than synthetic materials especially underwear. IcFEM also suggest that you bring with a jacket. During the rainy season you may need gum boots which can be bought here. Also umbrellas are cheap. Clothes can be easily and cheaply made in the IcFEM Tailoring Project Shop.

Entertainment ↓

  • Favourite CDs or Cassettes and something to play them on
  • Short wave radio with FM Facility to keep up to date with home news
  • Books - however there are plenty in the IcFEM Library and Book Shop
  • If you subscribe to a magazine consider having it redirected to the IcFEM address
  • Travel Games
  • Photographs will be a good idea to remind you of home and show new friends you meet.
  • Set up an email address so that you can keep in touch with friends and family. Before you leave ask your friends for their email address. IcFEM has a cyber centre so you will be able to send and receive emails.

Electrical ↓

  • Supply of Alkaline batteries (although available cheaply in Kimilili)
  • Battery re-charger and re-chargeable batteries
  • You won't need a international adapter for the electric because its the same plug that is used in the UK
  • If you are taking a laptop computer, etc you should consider bringing with you a surge protector and voltage stabiliser or buy one here.
  • Electrical shaver (socket are in en suite)

Bits & Bobs ↓

  • Gifts for when you arrive – e.g. pens, attractive notebooks, calendars, colouring books, and crayons, chocolate, sweets. Any old mobile phones that you have.
  • Take a few treats that are not available or are expensive in Kenya e.g. sweets.
  • A water bottle and a sandwich box for when you travel places may come in handy but is not essential.
  • Small penknife (not to be in hand luggage for flight)
  • Scissors and nail clippers (not to be in hand luggage for flight)
  • Small sewing kit (not to be in hand luggage for flight)
  • Digital camera and software for camera
  • Magazines
  • Torch (easily bought in Kenya)
  • Bible (easy to carry around)

Remember always think of the luggage allowance on the flight to Kimilili.

Wish List ↓

Due to our relatively remote location some items are hard for the mission to obtain either because they are unavailable in Kimilili or sometimes even Kenya or they are too expensive. We are very resourceful when it comes to fixing things and recycling. If you or a friend is coming to visit us please think about whether you could provide any of the following items:

Electical Equipment: (New or Second Hand)

  • Mobile Phones
  • Digital Cameras
  • Laptops and computer equipment
  • Printer Ink
  • Projectors
  • Microphones
  • Surge and Voltage Protectors

Other

  • Tripods
  • Christian Literature

 

 

 

Do's & Don'ts ↓

You will be working and living among a Christian Community who are held in high regard by most people in the area and nationally. Remember there are always people who want to discredit those who do good and are successful. You must therefore do nothing that could cause embarrassment to them or yourself.

Do's:

  • Act with decency e.g. cover up when moving around the guesthouse and outside.
  • Always ask to use any resources – food, electricity, computers and water (remember these are valuable resources)
  • Always communicate with IcFEM members and tell them what you are doing and where you will be going etc.
  • Prepare a short summary/ resume of your self before going to be circulated to trustees in this country and sent to Kimilili in advance of arrival.
  • Men – wear trousers and slacks rather than shorts at all times.
  • Only eat food prepared at the house or in a reputable place. (Do not eat food which has been prepared on the streets.
  • Follow all instructions/ guidance given, mode of dress, travelling alone, resting, protection from sun.
  • Remember you are a visitor to the country. Please be respectful to your elders and all leaders.
  • Take a smart shirt, slacks and tie for semi formal situations, towels, travel wash for hand washing underpants, torch, lightweight water proofs, warm clothes for nights, hats for protection heads and ears, sleeping bag.
  • Consider setting up group emails to keep cost of dispatch down.
  • Tell everyone who you want to keep in touch with your email and mobile number for texts.
  • Identify to the leaders the areas that you would like to work in.
  • We also suggest that you unlock your phone and buy a Kenyan SIM Card. This will allow you to have cheaper calls and text messages.

Don'ts:

  • Absolutely no alcohol or smoking in Kimilili or immediately before arriving there.
  • Mosquito nets are provided here, so there is no need to bring one
  • Do not bring any jewellery other than a watch.
  • Do not eat anything from street traders
  • You will be asked to give money and things to people whilst you're here. The people who ask are sometimes not needy and are usually not the most needy. Pass all such requests to the Mission. DO NOT GIVE MONEY TO ANYONE. Some people will try to befriend you because they see white skin as a source of money. However, others are very genuine. Take advise from the Mission Staff. Give all donations through the Mission.
  • NEVER GIVE A BRIBE.
  • We warn you not to go out after dark without consulting the Mission leaders first and never accept a lift from a stranger.
  • If you are female be very careful about local boys chatting you up.
  • DO NOT GIVE YOUR HOME ADDRESS OR EMAIL TO ANYONE without consulting the Mission Leaders. Always use the Mission Address.
  • All visitors need to be seen at the Mission and not at the Guest House.
  • Do not overstock with clothes.
  • We advise you not to ask your family and friends to send any care packages or any parcels to Kenya because in the past we have had gap year students paying 15 GBP for each parcel and there has been around 5-6 packages.
  • Do not take risks with the tropical sun. You can quickly become ill.
  • Girls should not wear strapless tops or tops with thin straps. Women do not wear trousers or shorts. Men must not go out without a top.

 

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