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KENYA

Share the Love of Jesus with Vulnerable and Orphaned Children

Children in Kijabe, Kenya are living in some of the worst conditions on our planet. Many have been orphaned by AIDS and suffer from extreme malnutrition and preventable, water-borne illnesses.

Most families cannot afford to send their children to school, and for those who can, it often requires miles of walking barefoot to get there. This is especially dangerous for girls because of a local myth that one can be cured from HIV/AIDS by raping a young girl. With help from people like you, we’re providing these at-risk children with nutritious meals, safe drinking water, medical care, school tuition and emotional support. Most importantly, we’re showing them how loved they are by God, teaching them to follow after Christ, and helping them realize their full, God-given potential.

Our program for children in Kijabe – Mama Beth’s – is named after a woman who cared for children in this area for decades. Mama Beth’s daughter, Jane Wathagana, is now director of the Forward Edge Children’s Program in Kenya. 

MEET OUR KENYA DIRECTOR

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Children in Kijabe, Kenya are facing seemingly insurmountable odds, but with the knowledge of Jesus they have hope for a bright future.

Kenya Program Director

Jane Wathagana

Director of Mama Beth's Children's Program

Jane is a native Kenyan who was born in Kijabe. Her family didn’t have much. Clothes and food were scarce as her mother was a single parent raising 12 children. Her passion for children really grew once her mother, Mama Beth, could no longer take care of the children in her program. Since 2006, she has overseen the ministry at Mama Beth’s and taking care of the roughly 70 children in the program. Jane loves to see the growth of young people and she believes in the potential they have.  

What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge?  I was drawn to the mission of Forward Edge because of their focus on vulnerable children. In addition to this, Forward Edge believes just as I do that education is the key to rescuing lives from poverty.

If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why? Nelson Mandela. He believes the same thing as I do. That education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. That’s why I’m so passionate about changing the poor conditions of our local schools and creating a space where the children can get quality education.

What is something about you others are often surprised to learn? That despite a successful business, I have chosen to work with the poor and vulnerable.

Trip Details

Any team of 10 or more is invited to serve in Kenya. Total trip cost for each team member is $1,995.

IMPORTANT DATES

90 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE

  • $300 per person non-refundable deposit
  • Registration, Liability, and Medical Release forms due

45 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE

  • $1,695 per person Trip Fee balance due

Trip Fee Includes:

  • Meals, lodging, ground transportation, and some project materials
  • Secondary International Medical Insurance
  • Translators
  • Trained Forward Edge Facilitator
  • Team Packs: T-shirt, team manual, devotional, etc.
  • Complete trip coordination provided by Forward Edge

Trip Fee Doesn’t Include: 

  • Flights to and from Kenya
  • Luggage fees
  • $50 (USD) Kenya visa required before departure
  • An optional 3-day private Kenyan Safari

Your team will work with Jane Wathagana, Mama Beth’s Program Director. Serving in Kenya can include meal preparation, leading a VBS, current construction projects, or visiting children and families in their homes. Some of our teams have served alongside local doctors and nurses to host a one-day medical clinic which benefits the local children and their families. Relational activities such as arts and crafts, music, games, gifts, or sharing your talents are strongly encouraged and can make a lasting impact in the lives of those we serve.

PASSPORTS:For entry into Kenya, a US passport and Kenyan visa  (purchased 30 days prior to arrival) are required. If you already have a passport, please be sure that the expirati on date is at least six months past the date of your departure from Kenya.

TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation on location is included in your trip fee.

ACCOMODATIONS: In Nairobi, you will be staying at a 3-star Hotel. In Kijabe, our accommodations will be at an International guesthouse. Towels & linens are included in both locations, and both are in safe secure areas.

IMMUNIZATIONS: The government of Kenya does NOT require any shots or immunizations to enter the country. However, Forward Edge highly recommends that all team members are current in the tetanus vaccination, and that they consult a personal physician for further recommendations.

YELLOW FEVER: Please visit the CDC to understand the risks and recommendations associated with Yellow fever.

TEAM PACKS: Once team member registration is complete, Forward Edge will send individualized team packs including a Forward Edge
T-shirt, Team Member Manual, devotional, and other helpful information to each team member.

Team members have an option to participate in a 3-day private Safari at the beginning of their trip. This unique adventure encounters indigenous tribal people such as the Maasai and amazing wildlife in their natural habit. Featured Parks: Maasai Mara National Reserve. Price range $600 to $900 per person based on group size.

Sheri Stanley

Senior Mobilization Officer
Bio

Team Coordinator

Hi! I’m Sheri, the Kenya Team Coordinator. I look forward to working with you to plan your life-changing week in Kenya!

If you’re interested in organizing a team of 10 or more, you can contact us by filling out the short form below. If you’re an individual looking to join a team, you can scroll through our list of open teams here.

Contact us today to start planning your mission team to Kenya!

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