A brief look into Philantrophic Travel in Africa, and how this type of travel that is growing in popularity – in tandem with Volunteer Travel (increasingly known as VolunTourism) and Responsible Travel– is being accommodated.
Allowing for Travelers not only to appreciate the beauty of the land and immerse in the culture, but more importantly become more engaged, and potentially be exposed to a life-changing experience. The opportunity to make a difference in others’ lives as well as their own. This is how one Kenyan-based travel company – Victoria Safaris – is promoting Philanthrophic Travel in Western Kenya, an area which borders Uganda.
Western Kenya covers the part around Lake Victoria in Kenya. Various orphans live within the communities in western Kenya and very view live within the orphanages. The orphanages are located within Kisumu area, Asembo Bay and Rarienda constituency, Siaya District which includes Alego/ Usonga constituencies. In these areas orphans live within the community with the older parents have many of which have died out of HIV- AIDS and some from various sicknesses. In Siaya district we visit the various orphanages which include the one run by the famous grandmother – Sarah Hussein Obama in Nyangoma Kogelo who happens to be the grandmother of US President Obama. This old lady has several children living within the community being taken care of by herself. A visit to the home stay will reveal to you the many orphans who are under the care of the old grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama.
Victoria Safaris also visits a Norwegian-run orphanage in Sakwa Bondo district, and other orphanages near Aram market in Asembo bay. As for the urban centers of Western Kenya, the orphanages are: Dunga Beach in Kisumu district, and the other ones based in the Kisumu slums of Nyalenda, Obunga and Kondele area. And one orphange in Kakamega.
If you’re interested to help: booking any of your Safari Tour through Victoria Safaris already constitutes the first step in helping promote the cause. Understandably, nothing can replace the power of a “first-hand experience”, and it would help tremendously to visit the various orphanages and communities living with African orphaned children. To allow better understanding of the severity of the challenges faced by these impoverished communities.