The people in Yimbo welcomed us back to the village after a three-year absence due to the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020 and 2021, we learned new ways to stay connected with Yimbo and remotely supported them. On June 28th, the melodic singing by the women and dancing, was what we had all longed for since our last visit in 2019. 

Humanitarian Trip Dates: June 25, 2023 – July 5, 2023

The trip included five days in Muguna Village, three days on safari at Masai Mara Game Reserve and two optional extended trip destinations.

Optional Extended Trips:

The two bucket-list places were a 4-day River Nile Cruise with a day trip in Cairo, Egypt or a 4-day visit to Cape Town in South Africa and Victoria Falls in Zambia.

Highlights: 2023 Theme was Dream Big, Start Small and Think Sustainable!

1. Distribution of books, backpacks, sanitary kits and uniforms to Muguna Primary School students

2. Leadership training and roundtable discussions with microenterprise groups

3. Visits to microenterprise ventures in the village 

4. 2-day medical camp – dental cleaning and extractions as well as primary care. Services provided to over 600 patients from the village

5. Technology training for all teachers

6. Instructional professional development for all teachers – Collaborative classrooms with Kagan Strategies; Social Emotional Instruction; Community Accountability; Building Community/Social Contract; Building Reading Fluency; Mathematics in Action

7. Spectacular safari at the world renowned Masai Mara Game Reserve to see the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, cape buffalo)

8. Visit to one of the wonders of the world – The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

4. Visit to Robben Island in Cape Town and the thunderous roar of Victoria Falls, in Zambia