Local Fair Trade Nonprofit Store to Guide Guests in Kenya, September 2016
Global Gifts, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization with four fair trade stores in Indiana and Ohio is offering members of the public a trip to Kenya, Africa in September of 2016. Kelly Trimble, Manager of the Global Gifts Nora store, will be leading the 12-day excursion for 6 – 10 travelers who will experience a purposeful trip that will include dialoguing with Kenyans, as well as several days of sightseeing.
- Two days in Eldoret, Kenya, visiting and working at Imani Workshops. Imani employs HIV/AIDS survivors who have completed the AMPATH treatment program. Imani trains workers, teaches job skills and provides meaningful employment to those learning how to cope with their new lives.
- One day hiking, bird watching and relaxing in the Kakamega rain forest, one of the few remnants of the massive tropical rainforest which once covered much of the region.
- Three days in the Lake Victoria region working with vulnerable or orphaned school-aged children in the UMOJA program -- the Kenyan branch of the Global Interfaith Partnership, based in Indianapolis. Work experiences might include serving in the schools or assisting in the building of a house. One day will be spent at at Lake Victoria and the native bird and mammal wildlife and the hills surrounding Kisumu.
- Three days in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, one of the world’s premier wildlife refuges. The trip is planned during the season of the Great Migration – an opportunity to witness of one of nature’s last remaining migration marvels.
”Global Gifts is a Fair Trade organization whose main mission is to create a local marketplace for artisans in the developing world. A secondary mission is education and awareness of other cultures and trading practices. The Fair Trade movement uplifts vulnerable peoples by offering employment, education and training options using sustainable programs of collaboration and transparency. Fair Trade ensures that artisans have been paid fairly, safe working conditions are maintained and, just as importantly, that workers have secure and reliable work, long-term.” Trimble, a professional trip planner with decades of experience in the region, feels travel is key to understanding fair trade projects like Imani. Travelers on this trip to Kenya will be able to meet and dialogue with Imani residents whose lives have been transformed through the benefits of fair trade and other compassionate programs.
All-inclusive trip costs are reasonable and travelers will be assured a most memorable experience. For more information, go to globalgiftsft.com or call the store for the dates and time of information sessions.
For almost 30 years, Global Gifts, a 501(c)3 fair trade organization has provided ethically produced crafts and food items through their retail locations and on-site at festivals, supported by a small staff and dedicated team of volunteers. Global Gifts was founded in the early 1980s by members of the Indianapolis Mennonite Church as a small initiative but quickly grew and now supports four storefronts – two in Indianapolis, one in Bloomington, and one in Columbus, Ohio.